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It was not clear (A)/ from the manual of instructions (B) whether it should (C)/ be signed or not.(D)

This is an error correction question from my book. I thought the correction was either to omit manual of or to omit of instructions but my book suggests to replace was by is. Is the suggestion by book correct ? If yes what would be correct sentence if I were to say the above sentence in past tense ?

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The book is right! How? Refer C and D! It talks about the present tense.

It was is not clear from the manual of instructions whether it should be signed or not.

If you were to say this in past, here it goes:

It was not clear from the manual of instructions whether it was to be signed or not.

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    That may very well be what OP's book has in mind, but it's wrong. Should employed as a present realis has the same form in past tense; for example, He thought he should go. – StoneyB on hiatus Sep 7 '17 at 11:03
  • @StoneyB what could be the answer then, sir? – Maulik V Sep 8 '17 at 5:02
  • The only change I would make is manual of instructions > instruction manual. – StoneyB on hiatus Sep 8 '17 at 18:06
  • @stoneyb that even I thought but then I didnt think that as an error. Is it an error? – Maulik V Sep 10 '17 at 11:19

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