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Before the storm destroyed much of the harbor, this town, [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 11:36
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Before the storm destroyed much of the harbor, this town, with its sandy beaches and multiple opportunities for sports, had been one of the most popular resort destinations on the East Coast.

A)had been
B)has been
C)had been being
D)was being
E)was
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Re: SC : Storm destroyed much of the harbor [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 11:37
OA is E. Please tell me why it can't be A two different times in the past are discussed in the question.
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Re: SC : Storm destroyed much of the harbor [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 15:09
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here we need verb agreement: we have destroyed........that indicate a tense totally gone. finished. it's over

so, E is the right answer. if you ahve doubt on this, maybe a problem with question much more difficult

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Re: SC : Storm destroyed much of the harbor [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 19:26
Interesting question.
What is the source?
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Re: SC : Storm destroyed much of the harbor [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 23:07
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here we need verb agreement: we have destroyed........that indicate a tense totally gone. finished. it's over

so, E is the right answer. if you ahve doubt on this, maybe a problem with question much more difficult

You must think on this question not more than ten seconds ;)


However, according to GMAT, we must use Past Perfect when we want to state something that is occuring at a different time in the past.

For example, in the following sentence, we use past perfect to distinguish the different time instances in the past.

He had studied English before he moved to New York.


The question posted is similar in construction with the example above. Hence shouldn't A be the right answer ?
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Re: SC : Storm destroyed much of the harbor [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2011, 01:12
In my opinion, (A) is not wrong, but when we compared (A) with (E), (A) is more redundant than (E) because the use of "before" in the sentence has shown the order of different time. That's why (E) is better than (A).
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Re: SC : Storm destroyed much of the harbor [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2011, 03:07
Before the storm destroyed much of the harbor, this town, with its sandy beaches and multiple opportunities for sports, had been one of the most popular resort destinations on the East Coast.

A)had been
B)has been
C)had been being
D)was being
E)was - concise
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Re: SC : Storm destroyed much of the harbor [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2011, 07:26
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carcass wrote:
The question posted is similar in construction with the example above. Hence shouldn't A be the right answer ?


The town was "one of the most popular resort destinations on the East Coast" before the storm hit.
The 'had been' here is probably redudant since we have nothing else to compare with on the time line of the town.

The town 'was' something and nothing is left now.

The 'had been' calls for when we need to differentiate between two events in time, or am I wrong? :-)
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Re: SC : Storm destroyed much of the harbor [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2011, 08:57
I would say it is not a great question. Both "had been" and "was" can be used in the sentence without any ambiguity. Use of past perfect tense is not needed if the meaning is clear when using the simple past tense.

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Re: SC : Storm destroyed much of the harbor [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2011, 09:48
was does sound correct as you all have said . However in similar type of questions with words arranged here and there ,I am finding bit difficult as to when to use was and when to use had been :oops:
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Re: SC : Storm destroyed much of the harbor [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2011, 21:53
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In my opinion, (A) is not wrong, but when we compared (A) with (E), (A) is more redundant than (E) because the use of "before" in the sentence has shown the order of different time. That's why (E) is better than (A).


IMO,There will always be a word in the sentence like 'before' , 'after', 'later' etc to specify that the action is done at a different time in the past. What makes this sentence so different from the rest ?
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Re: SC : Storm destroyed much of the harbor [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2011, 22:39
The beginning of the sentence is "Before", so we can understand that the town was one of the most popular resort destinations on the East Coast after the storm destroyed much of the harbor. It shows clearly that the town is not a popular resort any more when we use the past tense in the main clause.
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