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Sentence Correction: Tenses - Reported Speech

The coach maintained that cooperation was what led the team to take control on the game.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The correct idiom is to take control of something.

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The correct idiom is to take control of something. This answer choice also correctly follows the Reported Speech rule by keeping the conjugated verbs that follow maintained that in the Past tense (was, led).

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original Preposition error. The correct idiom is to take control of something.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Preposition mistake, it is grammatically incorrect. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (maintained), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, is is in the Present.

What helps us identify this question as a Reported Speech question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

Reported Speech with a reporting verb in Past tense

Although this answer choice corrects the original Preposition mistake, it is grammatically incorrect. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (maintained), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, is and leads are in the Present.

What helps us identify this question as a Reported Speech question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

Reported Speech with a reporting verb in Past tense

was what led the team to take control on
is what led the team to take control of
was what led the team to take control with
is what leads the team to take control of
was what led the team to take control of