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Sentence Correction: Tenses - Reported Speech

The Chief of Police stated that far less crimes were committed this year than last.

Nice work!

This answer choice corrects the original Parts of Speech error by using the article fewer to describe a plural count noun (crimes).

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original Parts of Speech error: the article less can describe only non-count nouns whereas the noun crimes is a count noun.

What helps us identify this mistake is the following Stop Sign:

much, (a) little, less, the amount of

Incorrect.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Parts of Speech error by using fewer to describe a plural count noun, it 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, will be is in the Future tense.

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Incorrect.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Parts of Speech error by using fewer to describe a plural count noun, it 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, are is in the Present tense.

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Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect: the article less can describe only non-count nouns whereas the noun crimes is a count noun.

What helps us identify this mistake is the following Stop Sign:

much, (a) little, less, the amount of

far less crimes were committed this year than last
far fewer crimes are committed this year than last
far fewer crimes will be committed this year than last
this year far less crimes were committed than last year
far fewer crimes were committed this year than last