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    #1

    they promised his parents they had learned their lesson ........

    Hello again!

    The whole sentence reads as follows:

    When it was eventually diagnosed at another hospital, they promised his parents they had learned their lesson from the baby’s brush with death.

    In my opinion, the fragment in bold type means "they told them that they had drawn a conclusion from the fact that the child could have died".

    What is your opinion?

    Am I right or wrong?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: they promised his parents they had learned their lesson ........

    It is unclear who "they" refers to. Was it people at the first hospital or the second hospital? From the context, I guess that people at the second hospital made some decisions based on the baby's history at the first hospital.

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    #3

    Re: they promised his parents they had learned their lesson ........

    "learned their lesson" doesn't mean simply "drew a conclusion" but "realized their error and wouldn't make it again."

    That makes me think it was the people at the first hospital, who seem to have made some sort of error.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: they promised his parents they had learned their lesson ........

    You're probably right, but it would have been clearer if the sentence had started with "After".

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    #5

    Re: they promised his parents they had learned their lesson ........

    There is much that could be clearer there.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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