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Despite the legal arguments of Robert and I, the zoning [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2012, 19:14
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Despite the legal arguments of Robert and I, the zoning board approved the new housing project before it adjourned

A) Robert and I, the zoning board approved
B) Robert and I, the zoning board had approved
C) Robert and me, the zoning board approved
D) Robert and me, the zoning board had approved
E) Robert and me the zoning board approved
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Re: Despite the legal arguments of [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2012, 20:27
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The word BEFORE already indicates the action sequence. I don't think we need past perfect. Should be C.
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Re: Despite the legal arguments of [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2012, 07:46
I am confused here. The action "approve" is before "adjourned". Thus only choice D, B are left. And the argument of Robert and me sounds better to me. So it is D.

E.g She had already told him before I got a chance to give him my version
So why does before indicate that there is no need of past perfect? Thanks.

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Re: Despite the legal arguments of [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2012, 08:20
gmatfighter12 wrote:
I am confused here. The action "approve" is before "adjourned". Thus only choice D, B are left. And the argument of Robert and me sounds better to me. So it is D.


D cannot be the answer. check MGMAT SC page 110. IMO: the posted OA is wrong.
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Re: Despite the legal arguments of [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2012, 09:20
I do not have that book with me. I will look into it but would appreciate if anyone can explain a bit.
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Re: Despite the legal arguments of [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2012, 09:22
IMO c...we don't need a past perfect here...
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Re: Despite the legal arguments of [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2012, 23:04
There is a discussion here about the use of "before", it's not an ABSOLUTE rule that having the word before deems past perfect unnecessary. However, Past perfect should be used if there is obvious relationship between the two past events.
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Re: Despite the legal arguments of Robert and I, the zoning [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2014, 00:34
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