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Sentence Correction: Tenses - Reported Speech

The union argued that the plastic industry has neglected the safety and well-being of the workers.

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

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

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original Tenses error. In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (argued), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, neglects is in the Present Simple tense.

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 Reported Speech error by using the Past tense verb were, it is wordy and, therefore, redundant.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Reported Speech error by using the Past tense verb neglected, it creates Redundancy with the phrase as well as. Although as well as is a stylistic flaw, it is one of the specific redundancies that should always be corrected.

Using as well as instead of and is redundant.

What helps us identify this Redundancy error is the following Stop Sign:

as well as

Good!

In Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (argued), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past (neglected).

has neglected the safety and
neglects the safety and
neglected the safety and
were negligent to the safety and to the
neglected the safety as well as the