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  1. Junior Member
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    #1

    'would be' and 'there was'

    1. I knew that class test would be held at 11:00 AM.

    2. I knew that there was class test at 11:00 AM.

    Which one is correct? If any of these is wrong, please say why that is wrong.

  2. Moderator
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    #2

    Re: 'would be' and 'there was'

    You need 'a' before 'class test'.

    If either of these is wrong, please say why it is wrong.

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    #3

    Re: 'would be' and 'there was'

    You need an article in both before "class" because "test" is a singular countable noun.

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    #4

    Re: 'would be' and 'there was'

    Both versions are OK (with the article) but they might not mean the same. One could be a test which hasn't happened yet; the other could be a test which has happened.
    2. would be improved if it were clear whether it refers to past or future.

  5. Junior Member
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    #5

    Re: 'would be' and 'there was'

    Please tell which one means test has not happended yet and which one means the test has happended.

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    #6

    Re: 'would be' and 'there was'

    #1 and #2 respectively.
    I am not a teacher.

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