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When you __ at the course, you __ straight to the registration desk.

A) will arrive / have to go

B) have arrived / had to go

C) arrived / will have gone

D) arrive / are to go

E) had arrived / could go

I'm confused between the options "A" and "D". Can anyone explain every option whether it is true or not?

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(D) is the correct option here. Reason being the subject-verb tense agreement.

If you say arrived, you will need to say would have gone to preserve the correctness of tense aspects.

have arrived with had to go is not correct because the sequence would be muddled up. You are first going to the desk and then arriving? Nah.

have arrived is present perfect whereas had to go is past tense.

These sites can help you further to learn about tenses:

http://de.bab.la/konjugieren/englisch/arrive

http://www.verbix.com/webverbix/English/go.html

  • But there is only one correct answer. So either (A) or (D) is correct. – Bora Oct 16 '15 at 9:38
  • Edited the answer. D is the correct one. – Mamta D Oct 16 '15 at 9:42
  • Agree, D is grammatically correct. – Chu Wa Tim Tim Oct 16 '15 at 9:47

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