Verbal Ability - Sentence Improvement - Discussion

Discussion :: Sentence Improvement - Section 1 (Q.No.8)

In questions given below, a part of the sentence is italicised and underlined. Below are given alternatives to the italicised part which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, option 'D' is the answer.


John had told me that he hasn't done it yet.

[A]. told
[B]. tells
[C]. was telling
[D]. No improvement

Answer: Option B


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Namratha said: (Sep 28, 2010)  
Since the phrase he has not done yet is in present tense, the answer should be John tells me as it's in present tense.

Pawan said: (Nov 26, 2010)  
The answer will be "told"...

Swati said: (Jul 17, 2011)  
Me too think so.

Surojit Saha said: (Aug 13, 2011)  
No swati, namratha is correct. Parellism error.

Vaij said: (Dec 13, 2011)  
Even I feel it will be "told".

Sajna said: (Jan 3, 2012)  
Its present tense so tells is correct.

Vanaja said: (Jan 15, 2012)  
I agree with Namratha's comment

Harsha said: (Jan 19, 2012)  
Tells is correct answer.

B.Jagadeesh said: (Aug 10, 2012)  
Ya. Namratha is correct. If 'hadn't is the one used in the later part,'told' would have been used.

Alok said: (Aug 27, 2013)  
Tells is correct, as something is told which is still continuing in present, please emphasis on last part. Hasn't done it yet.

Gaurav said: (Sep 19, 2013)  
Tells is correct as its in indirect speech. And reported speech in present form so reported verb will also be in present tense.

Mayuresh said: (Jan 13, 2014)  
It is "tells" because in Indirect speech simple present tense turns into perfect present tense.

Rahul said: (Feb 3, 2014)  
Had told means past perfect "action continuing for a period of time in the past, which finished in the past. Whereas hasn't done reflects present perfect action done in the past but the effects still continuing in the present".

Rule- past perfect and present perfect cannot go together as is the case with past simple (told) and present perfect therefore it is tells.

Watson Kaunda said: (Mar 3, 2014)  
In this sentence its like someone is reporting. So how it be still tell? I feel 'told'.

Jaya Phoolwani said: (May 26, 2014)  
Told is the correct answer because the John has not done it yet. Though the last part in present but still that is the Perfect tense (Has not done) so how can it be (Tells) it should be "Told".

Gopal Ji said: (Aug 31, 2014)  
Second sentence is past combination become present past participle first sentence present after that past.

Abishek said: (Sep 29, 2014)  
Simply we have to use present tense because of the present tense tense has been.

Damini said: (Aug 22, 2015)  
If one second part would have been in past perfect, you would use past tense in the first part.

Here goes the relation of tenses of verbs in the first and the second part of the statement.

Akhilesh said: (Sep 5, 2015)  
Told must be the answer.

Gladis said: (Dec 5, 2015)  
It is present tense, so answer is tells.

Raju said: (Feb 8, 2016)  
The answer is told because tells is talking about more than one thing and told means single thing.

Mohit Ahalawat said: (Apr 23, 2016)  
Grammatically "tells" is correct though "told" seems to be correct while speaking.

Ambika said: (May 13, 2016)  
Told is the answer because the given sentence is talking about the past.

Hariharan said: (Aug 25, 2016)  
According to me, told is right.

Abhinav Udavant said: (Sep 11, 2016)  
I think 'told' is the correct one.

Jagan said: (Sep 14, 2016)  
It's present tense. So it tells.

Praveen said: (Sep 21, 2016)  
He has not done yet means present perfect tense, right? then the answer is "told".

Kaveri said: (Oct 31, 2016)  
Because reported speech is in present tense, so reporting verb will always in present tense.

Neha said: (Apr 4, 2017)  
Told is the correct answer.

Madhur said: (May 4, 2017)  
I think, tell is the correct answer.

Abheek said: (Jul 16, 2017)  
The answer should be told.

N M Kalita said: (Jul 30, 2017)  
I think it is tells.

Aakash said: (Sep 2, 2017)  
For told. John told me that he didn't do it.

Neha said: (Nov 21, 2017)  
Tells is the correct answer as sentence is in present tense.

Dev said: (Dec 3, 2018)  
Told is the correct answer.

Zehra said: (May 29, 2019)  
Told is past tense and tells is present tense so both could be correct.

Soumya said: (Jun 21, 2019)  
Told must be the right one.

Shalu Kumari said: (Mar 24, 2021)  
The correct answer must be "Told ".

So, Option A is the correct answer.

Hrishicash said: (Aug 2, 2021)  
Yes, you are right @Shalu Kumari.

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