In the following question, some part of the sentence may have errors. Find out which part of the sentence has an error and select the appropriate option. If a sentence is free from error, select No error.
If someone desired to keep a secret with you, you won’t know it until it was revealed.
Correct Answer : c ) won’t know it until it was revealed.Explanation :
The given sentence is the case of the second conditional.
The second conditional is a sentence structure used to talk about impossible or imaginary situations.
For example: If I won a lot of money, I’d travel the world.
In the case of the second conditional, the following pattern is followed.
If + second form of the verb (desired), past modal (wouldn’t) + first form of verb (know).
And if you notice the given sentence, it is following the same pattern with use of second form of verb, i.e., desired in ‘if clause or conditional clause’ and therefore, in the next part, past form of modal will be taken i.e., would instead of will.
And the sentence mentions the imaginary situation that if in case we desire to keep a secret and this is how we need to identify the conditional is first, second etc.
So, the correct sentence will be - ‘If someone desired to keep a secret with you, you wouldn’t know it until it was revealed.’
Hence, option c is the correct answer.
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