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A spokesman for the organization says that Curt Gowdy, who was 86, died from leukemia recently in Palm Beach, Florida.

Here's a question from MGMT CAT test. The sentence is correct the way it is written. However, I believe that the correct answer should be the following

A spokesman for the organization says that Curt Gowdy, who had been 86, died

the way I see it is we have two verbs in the past (was & died). Curt turned 86 before dieing, so we need the past perfect and the past simple.....

what is wrong with my explanation?
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Re: verb tense - MGMAT question [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2010, 10:55
as per the MGMT sentence correction guide, untill we need to emphasize two events
we should keep simple past tense. in the mentioned case, simple past tense is more compatible.
dont know if it really helped you :)
Re: verb tense - MGMAT question   [#permalink] 17 Apr 2010, 10:55
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