Sentence Correction: Pronoun Questions - Overview and Grammatical Mistake

In reaction to King Charles I's attempt to arrest five parliament members in 1642, the House of Commons maintained that it had a right to question the right of the sovereign to enter its chamber.

Well done!

This answer choice correctly uses a Past tense (had) after a Reported Speech verb in the Past tense (maintained), and uses the pronouns it and its to correctly refer to the singular noun the House of Commons.

Incorrect.

This answer choice 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, has 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

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The pronouns they and their do not agree with the noun House of Commons to which they refer.

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In addition, in Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (maintained), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, have 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

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The pronouns they and their do not agree with the noun House of Commons to which they refer.

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In addition, in Reported Speech, when the reporting verb is in the Past tense (maintained), the following conjugated verbs should also be in the Past. However, will have is in the Future.

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

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The pronoun their does not agree with the noun House of Commons to which it refers.

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it had a right to question the right of the sovereign to enter its chamber

they have a right to question the sovereign's right to enter their chamber

they will have the right to question the sovereign's right to enter their chambers

it was their right to question the sovereign's right to enter their chamber

it has the right to question the sovereign's right to enter its chambers

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