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    Double past tense in a sentence

    Hi teachers,

    This quote is from a Time of India news story. Please tell me that whether the underlined parts are right.

    "The 500-plus page chargesheet submitted by Oshiwara police on Monday mentioned that Raki has confessed that he committed the offence as he feared he would lose his job when society members hired a new security agency."

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    Re: Double past tense in a sentence

    They're right. The punctuation, however, is not. A comma is needed after "offence."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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