Verbal Ability - Sentence Improvement - Discussion

Discussion :: Sentence Improvement - Section 1 (Q.No.7)

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.


He sent a word to me that he would be coming late.

[A]. sent word
[B]. had sent a word
[C]. sent words
[D]. No improvement

Answer: Option A


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Viky said: (Oct 8, 2010)  
Here word refers to collection of words.

Elora said: (Jan 12, 2011)  
Why it is not B? I think B is the correct ans. Can anybody help me in understanding it please.

Reshma said: (Jan 18, 2011)  
I think B is the right answer

Nik said: (Mar 4, 2011)  
B is the correct answer..

Pavan said: (Aug 8, 2011)  
Yess I too feel he same option b is the right anser its more suitable.

Ahmed said: (Sep 10, 2011)  
Telling about the past but that is to be happen in future, so had should not be used. Therefore, A is right.

Alok said: (Aug 27, 2013)  
A is correct, as the word reached to him which is a past action not past perfect.

Sakshi said: (Aug 30, 2013)  
Why not A?

Aditya said: (Nov 13, 2013)  
He mentioned what the word is, so there is no necessary of 'a'.

Sudhir said: (Dec 21, 2013)  
What is Difference Between "sent word" and "Sent a Word"?

Pr@Sh said: (Feb 26, 2014)  
As @Viky said. Here word refers to collection of words. So we should not use 'a'.

If it is a single word. 'a' can be used. But it in this case word means collection of words. So 'sent word' is correct.

Samali said: (Oct 12, 2014)  
I think its all about the article. If option B contained "had sent word" then option B would be the right one. As because it contains "had sent a word", it's the wrong option.

Archana said: (Oct 20, 2014)  
We should not use had in this sentence. So option 'A' is correct.

Arthi said: (Oct 27, 2014)  
The option B should not be used because they are speaking about the past event and the future event which is going to happen. Since it is collection of words option A is suitable.

Sam said: (Nov 10, 2014)  
In a park there is a skate park.

Sammy said: (Mar 1, 2015)  
'a' is removed from the correct answer choice because it is 'sent word' which means word represents 'a message' whereas 'sent a word' means a single word. One single word!

Nehra said: (May 24, 2015)  
According to noun uncountable noun can never be use a an before given noun.

Joydeep said: (Jul 20, 2015)  
"sent a word" is a phrase "sent word" is not. So B is correct.

Karthik said: (Sep 6, 2015)  
His telling about future in present tense. So A is correct answer.

Chandra said: (Nov 6, 2015)  

I think B would be a better option comparing with others.

Sudip Ghosh said: (Mar 28, 2016)  
Here the word is an uncountable noun. So no article will be used before the word.

Bibek said: (Mar 31, 2016)  
Answer [B] is right.

Gautamshandilya said: (Apr 9, 2016)  
Option A is 100% correct answer.

Sanjay Akela said: (Aug 27, 2016)  
Option A is the correct answer.

Krishna Nikhil said: (Nov 22, 2016)  
We can't use had unless there is another thing happened in the past. Here would have come late refers to future so we shouldn't use had.

Gaurav said: (Dec 9, 2016)  
We have standard sentence structure in English.

Simple past tense - Would.
Complete Past tense - Would have been + PP of Verb.

Here, it is the first case so I think answer A is correct.

Aman said: (Jul 31, 2017)  
Answer B is correct.

Krishna Vamsi said: (Sep 18, 2017)  
A is correct.

Because a word= word.

Akash said: (Sep 21, 2017)  
He sent word? I think the rhythm is not correct. Please explain it.

Aanchal said: (Sep 29, 2017)  
He is singular so "sent words" is correct.

Muhammad Rizwan said: (Dec 27, 2017)  
Sent words is the suitable answer.

Priyanka said: (Jun 28, 2018)  
Please anybody explain about ''WORD'' clearly.

Jagjeet Singh said: (Jun 23, 2020)  
Here, In this sentence, past indefinite conditional sentence Rule applied.

i.e V2 + would + v1.

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