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In the following sentence, should the word in bold be "drove" or "drive"?

The petition demands that the government abandon proposals to establish a national vehicle-tracking system that would be used to tax motorists every time they drove their cars.
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Selvakumar In the following sentence, should the word in bold be "drove" or "drive"?

The petition demands that the government abandon proposals to establish a national vehicle-tracking system that would be used to tax motorists every time they drove their cars.
I would use 'drive'.

I think 'will' should be used instead of 'would'.
When I first saw the sentence, I too felt that it should have been "drive" but I wonder whether there is any grammtical reason for the switch to the past tense?
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The petition demands that the government abandon proposals to establish a national vehicle-tracking system that would be used to tax motorists every time they drove their cars.

Not correct to use the simple past. I think the writer thought 'would' should be used with 'drove'.


The sentence was found in "The Economist", a British magazine. I was, however, told that it is correct as written.
SelvakumarThe sentence was found in "The Economist", a British magazine. I was, however, told that it is correct as written.

Let's hear from a native speaker among our members to find out whether the writer is correct.
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