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Rules of reported speech #1 (permalink) Mon Sep 11, 2006 19:05 pm   Rules of reported speech
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #117 "Past Tenses", question 7

He was wondering what ......... prompted him to take no notice at all.

(a) has
(b) have
(c) had
(d) having

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #117 "Past Tenses", answer 7

He was wondering what had prompted him to take no notice at all.

Correct answer: (c) had

Your answer was: incorrect
He was wondering what has prompted him to take no notice at all.
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could you explain tenses in this sentence?
he was wondering?had prompted?
Do they macht in that way in this sentence?

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Rules of reported speech #2 (permalink) Mon Sep 11, 2006 20:04 pm   Rules of reported speech
 

Hi teodora65

The sentence basically follows the rules of reported speech (indirect speech).

He was wondering (something) means he was asking himself (something) --- similar to He asked.

Direct question (quote):
"What prompted him to take no notice at all?"

When you report the question above, prompted has to move back a tense to the past perfect:
He was wondering what had prompted him to take no notice at all.
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Rules of reported speech #3 (permalink) Tue Sep 12, 2006 12:01 pm   Rules of reported speech
 

He wondered what had prompted him to take no notice at all.
He was wondering what prompted him to take no notice at all.
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Rules of reported speech #4 (permalink) Tue Sep 12, 2006 13:02 pm   Rules of reported speech
 

Hi teodora65

Wondered and was wondering are both past tenses (past simple and past continuous).

Have you already had a look at Alan's write-up?

ESL Lesson: Indirect Speech
http://www.english-test.net/lessons/6/index.html

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Rules of reported speech #5 (permalink) Sat May 05, 2007 15:32 pm   Rules of reported speech
 

He was wondering what promted him to take no notice at all - is it always incorrect?

Could it be so that the direct question was: "What does prompt him to take no notice at" in the sence that he usually takes no notice at all. And in this case you can use Past Simple instead of Past Perfect, can't you?
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Rules of reported speech #6 (permalink) Tue Aug 28, 2007 14:49 pm   Rules of reported speech
 

Hi,
Could you explain what prompt sy to do sg means?
Thanks,
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