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Hi teachers,
This is the context:
Felix walked slowly back to his office. There were a lot of questions in his head, and he did not know the answers. Why can’t I talk to people at the prison? he thought. ‘What did the President say to the Chief on the phone? And why does the Chief want Dinon dead?
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Could you correct or confirm these intructions and replies?
Explain what Felix didn't know.
a) He didn’t know why he can't talk to people at the prison.
b) He didn’t know what the conversation between the President and the Chief was about.
c) He didn’t know why the Chief wants Dinon dead.

Thanks in advance.
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Explain what Felix didn't know.

a) He didn’t know why he couldn't talk to people at the prison.
b) He didn’t know what the conversation between the President and the Chief had been about.
c) He didn’t know why the Chief wanted Dinon dead.
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Hi Mister Micawber,
Thank you for your reply.
Believe or not this was my first intention. Anyway letter 'b' was wrong too.
a) He didn’t know why he couldn’t talk to people at the prison.
b) He didn’t know what the conversation between the President and the Chief was.
c) He didn’t know why the Chief wanted Dinon dead.

Why do you use the past perfect for letter 'b', and not the simple past?

TS
Like the others, it regresses with the report. Look at what tense the verbs in the original text are.
Mister MicawberLike the others, it regresses with the report. Look at what tense the verbs in the original text are.
Hi Mister Micawber,
Thank you for your reply. Of course, the simple past changes to the past perfect.

TS
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