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    #1

    Yesterday John told Fred he was at the office

    Which one is more correct?

    1. Yesterday John told Fred he was at the office then and suggested they meet in about half an hour.
    2. Yesterday John told Fred he was at the office at the moment and suggested they meet in about half an hour.

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    #2

    Re: Yesterday John told Fred he was at the office

    I wouldn't use either.

    Yesterday, John told Fred he was in/at the office and suggested they meet in about half an hour.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Yesterday John told Fred he was at the office

    The test was:

    Yesterday John told Fred he was at the office .... and suggested they ...... in about half an hour.

    1. then - met
    2. then meet
    3. at the moment - meet
    4. at the moment- met

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    #4

    Re: Yesterday John told Fred he was at the office

    In all honesty, I don't like the combination of "Yesterday" with "then" or the combination of "Yesterday" with "at the moment" so I would say there is no correct answer. However, I imagine the writer of the test was looking for #3.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Yesterday John told Fred he was at the office

    I would choose 3.

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    #6

    Re: Yesterday John told Fred he was at the office

    Can't we say this is "indirect speech" and due to that we should turn "now" in that time into "then"? I'm just asking for my grammar knowledge. I'm not questioning your answers.
    Thank you

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    #7

    Re: Yesterday John told Fred he was at the office

    Yes, we could.

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    #8

    Re: Yesterday John told Fred he was at the office

    It's not a very good question IMO. Sometimes a test writer has an idea in mind and doesn't think through the other options.

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