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In our High school test there was a question that asked us to identify a mistake:

She started with some complimentary remarks about the organisers of the conference, and then proceeded with her speech.

The answer was to correct "proceeded" into "proceeds". I haven't been able to explain this to myself so please help me.

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    It should be then, not than*. Are you sure then wasn't the answer?
    – Eddie Kal
    Jul 3, 2018 at 2:22
  • I've made a typo, i'm so sorry about that. It was "then" in the question Jul 4, 2018 at 3:21

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The answer was wrong. In this case, the verb tenses should match:

She started with some complimentary remarks about the organisers of the conference, and then proceeded with her speech.

Or:

She starts with some complimentary remarks about the organisers of the conference, and then proceeds with her speech.

(Note that I changed than to then.)

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  • Oh i'm terribly sorry. I've made a typo. It was "then". I'm so sorry. And thank you so much for the answer. Jul 4, 2018 at 3:20

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