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Sentence Correction: Tenses - Reported Speech

At a discussion panel on the making of Secrets and Lies, British director Mike Leigh stated that by involving actors in the creative process, beginning with the conception of the piece, through research, discussion, improvisation, rewrites, and rehearsals, he aims to depict real life.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (stated), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, aims in the Present.

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Incorrect.

This answer choice repeats the Reported Speech mistake in the original question. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (stated), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, aims in the Present.

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In addition, this answer choice introduces a new grammatical mistake by changing rehearsal to rehearsing.

Incorrect.

This answer choice repeats the Reported Speech mistake in the original question. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (stated), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, aims is in the Present.

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In addition, Verb+ing forms (rewriting and rehearsing) can be used as noun replacements only when there are no actual nouns. Since there are real nouns - rewrites and rehearsals  - they should be used instead.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (stated), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, aims is in the Present.

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Incorrect.

While this answer choice appears to correct the Reported Speech mistake in the original question, by changing aims in the Present to aimed in the Past, it is grammatically incorrect.

The corrected sentence is a run-on sentence and also a fragment. By adding the words which by after improvisation, the corrected sentence adds a second relative clause to the original sentence, without completing the first clause with a conjugated verb.

In the corrected sentence the verb aimed belongs to the second relative clause only.

Finally, before the which you have a list of three items but notice that now, the sentence does not fit as you have a list of three items and there is no 'and' before the last item improvisation.

Incorrect.

Incorrect.

This answer choice repeats the Reported Speech mistake in the original question. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (stated), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, is is in the Present.

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Well done!

This answer choice corrects the Reported Speech mistake in the original question, by changing aims in the Present to aimed in the Past.

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rewriting, and rehearsing, he aims to depict real life

which by rewriting and rehearsing he aimed to depict real life
rehearsals, and rewrites, his aim is to depict life realistically
rehearsals, and rewrites, he aimed to depict life realistically

rewrites, and rehearsals, he aims to depict real life