chosen for the Peace Prize... declined, stating that...

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  1. Himanshu Sindhi Senior Member

    This question was asked in an exam in India as...

    In the following questions, some parts of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. The number of that part is the answer. If a sentence is free from error, your answer is (4) i.e. No error.

    Le Duc Tho, chosen for the 1973 Peace Prize for his (1)/ act in the Paris Peace Accords, declined, stating (2)/ that there was no actual peace in Vietnam. (3)/ No error (4)

    As per the official answer key, the error is in "part 2". Would it be "had declined" instead of "declined"?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. grassy

    grassy Senior Member

    I'd just replace "act" with another word.
  3. Edinburgher Senior Member

    German/English bilingual
    I agree with grassy. The most obvious candidate is "part".

    If it were "had declined", the declining would have to have come before something else, and the only other thing that happened is that he was chosen. But his declining came after the choosing. The stating happened at the same time as the declining.
  4. Himanshu Sindhi Senior Member

    Then what is the error?
  5. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    It's the word "act" - see grassy's post 2.
  6. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    The original seems to be:
  7. Edinburgher Senior Member

    German/English bilingual
    Well done, Sherlock. Role is similar to part, but better. Both can be played.

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