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    Verb tense

    I was wondering if anyone could help me determine whether more than one tense could be used to complete this sentence:

    "He ____________ one more chance to change his attitude before the school takes any more action." (give)

    The instruction was to complete it using the correct form of the verb in brackets (no context is given). My immediate answer was "will be given" (which was also the key provided by the source I had taken it from), but the vast majority of my students completed it with "was given" or "has been given".

    I am not a native speaker and the use of Past Simple and Present Perfect is not always clear to me. So my question is: are both answers correct? In any case, could you explain to me why? I'd really appreciate it.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Verb tense

    I am not a teacher.

    My immediate answer would have been, 'has been given'.

    Without context any of them could work, although I feel that 'will be given' is the least natural choice. How do we know what decision the school will make? It makes more sense to me to assume that the decision to give him one more chance has already been made, so I would use a past tense. Of course, the decision and him being informed of it are two different things that may not take place simultaneously, but the past still sounds more logical.

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    #3

    Re: Verb tense

    I would answer "has been given" as well.

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    Re: Verb tense

    My gut reaction was "has been given" but "was given" and "will be given" also result in grammatical sentences, the accuracy of which we would know only if we knew the rest of the context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Verb tense

    I agree that all three could work.

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    #6

    Re: Verb tense

    Thank you all very much!

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    Re: Verb tense

    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you". It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves everybody's time.

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