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contemporaries of Woodrow Wilson's [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2007, 09:17
During World War One, contemporaries of Woodrow Wilson's contended that his plan for the League of Nations has little chance of success due to its lukewarm political support, weak financial backing, and virtually non-existent enforcement powers.

a) Wilson's contended that his plan for the League of Nations has
b) Wilson's contend that his plan for the League of Nations had
c) Wilson's have contended that his plan for the League of Nations had
d) Wilson contended that his plan for the League of Nations had
e) Wilson had contended that his plan for the League of Nations has


Between D and E, what's the answer.
Please explain ?
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Re: contemporaries of Woodrow Wilson's [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2007, 09:33
1800rajesh@gmail.com wrote:
During World War One, contemporaries of Woodrow Wilson's contended that his plan for the League of Nations has little chance of success due to its lukewarm political support, weak financial backing, and virtually non-existent enforcement powers.

a) Wilson's contended that his plan for the League of Nations has
b) Wilson's contend that his plan for the League of Nations had
c) Wilson's have contended that his plan for the League of Nations had
d) Wilson contended that his plan for the League of Nations had
e) Wilson had contended that his plan for the League of Nations has

Between D and E, what's the answer.
Please explain ?


this is a tense question
contended = simple past
had contended = past perfect (first of 2 actions in the past)


first, recognize that the HAD in D is NOT perfect past tense. HAD in that choice is an action verb.

-always use simple past when given a choice between simple past & present perfect

-always use simple past when given a choice between simple past & past perfect

During implies past tense, answer must be D.
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Re: contemporaries of Woodrow Wilson's [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2007, 10:26
1800rajesh@gmail.com wrote:
During World War One, contemporaries of Woodrow Wilson's contended that his plan for the League of Nations has little chance of success due to its lukewarm political support, weak financial backing, and virtually non-existent enforcement powers.

a) Wilson's contended that his plan for the League of Nations has
b) Wilson's contend that his plan for the League of Nations had
c) Wilson's have contended that his plan for the League of Nations had
d) Wilson contended that his plan for the League of Nations had
e) Wilson had contended that his plan for the League of Nations has


Between D and E, what's the answer.
Please explain ?


Go with D for simplicity. also ... has is not proper tense to be used. including ...had contended...

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Re: contemporaries of Woodrow Wilson's   [#permalink] 26 Aug 2007, 10:26
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