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    #1

    error in the sentence

    One of the parts (A, B, C, D) in the sentence given below contains an ERROR. Which one of the
    following is INCORRECT?
    I requested that he should be given the driving test today instead of tomorrow.
    (A) requested that
    (B) should be given
    (C) the driving test
    (D) instead of tomorrow

    I would use " I requested that he should have given the driving test today instead of tomorrow "
    So i think answer is (B)

    Am i correct ?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Mar-2017 at 08:33. Reason: Enlarged font to make post readable

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    #2

    Re: error in the sentence

    I agree with your response- B- but your suggestion is incorrect, as it changes the meaning completely. In the original, who was giving the test? Someone else. Who was given (was taking) the test? He was. You are saying that he should have given the test.

    Try again!
    Last edited by J&K Tutoring; 04-Mar-2017 at 15:20.

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    #3

    Re: error in the sentence

    This is a bad question. A or B could be wrong.

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    Re: error in the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    I agree with your response- B- but your suggestion is incorrect, as it changes the meaning completely. In the original, who was giving the test? Someone else. Who was given (was taking) the test? He was. You are saying that he should have given the test.

    Try again!
    That's right. I did not think like that.
    "He should have been given the driving test"

    Is it ok now?

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    Re: error in the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    This is a bad question. A or B could be wrong.
    Can you please elucidate why A is wrong?

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    #6

    Re: error in the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by matrixone View Post
    Can you please elucidate why A is wrong?
    For example,
    I said that he should be given the driving test today instead of tomorrow.

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    #7

    Re: error in the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by matrixone View Post
    Can you please elucidate why A is wrong?
    Requested is a bad word choice. It could be suggested, demanded, hinted, implied, intimated, or a lot of other words - like Teechar's said. But requested doesn't work.

    You could say requested that he be given but not requested that he should be given.

    In English, the should makes no sense, for reasons I can't explain. Is there a grammarian in the house?
    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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    #8

    Re: error in the sentence

    I like Charlie Bernstein's "requested that he be given..."

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