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Chocolate had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings

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Chocolate had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2012, 22:07
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Chocolate had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate an exclusive luxury again

A. had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
B. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings but now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
C. had once been the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage will make chocolate
D. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
E. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings although now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
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Chocolate had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate an exclusive luxury again

A. had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
B. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings but now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
C. had once been the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage will make chocolate
D. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
E. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings although now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate

had been is not needed as their is no time sequence here. A simple past tense is suffice. Eliminate A and C. Among B, D and E , i think D wins as in B but is used and the author it trying to establish contrast here. Same with E.
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Re: Chocolate had been once the drink of Mayan [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2012, 23:56
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IMO E...
since we want a contrast to the habits of people in the present..
we need to use although...
earlier it was a luxury...but due to a shortage of cocoa... it is now again a luxury...
still confused...eh' !!!
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Re: Chocolate had been once the drink of Mayan [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2012, 02:07
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IMO E...
since we want a contrast to the habits of people in the present..
we need to use although...
earlier it was a luxury...but due to a shortage of cocoa... it is now again a luxury...
still confused...eh' !!!


Nope, We do not want a contrast.

Earlier only king used to have chocolate because it was a luxury item. If there is a shortage of cocoa today, the chocoltae will again become a luxury item. Where is the contrast? A contrast would have been there if we would have said "that now the chocolate is no more a luxury item" i.e. it is available to everyone.
The statement draws a parallel.

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Re: Chocolate had been once the drink of Mayan   [#permalink] 08 Oct 2012, 02:07
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