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Question

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate option.
"The letter ____ last week," Helen said.

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is sent
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was sent
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will be sent
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D
sent
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Solution

The correct option is B was sent
In the given sentence, the phrase 'last week' indicates that the tense of the sentence is past tense. Further, there is no verb to describe the action that refers to the noun 'letter'. Thus, the answer must be a verb in the past tense.
Option A is incorrect. 'is sent' is in the present tense. Here, 'is' determines the tense. Thus, using it will make the tense of the sentence inconsistent.
Option B is correct. 'was sent' is a verb in the past tense. Thus, it has the correct tense and meets all the required conditions.
Option C is incorrect. 'will be sent' is a verb in the future tense and not the past tense. Thus, using it will make the tense of the sentence inconsistent.
Option D is incorrect. 'sent' is an incomplete verb. It lacks an auxiliary and thus, it is simply a participle. Thus, it cannot be used as it is not a complete verb.

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