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# During an era when interracial tensions in the United States

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During an era when interracial tensions in the United States have run high, Rosa Parks became a quiet, unassuming symbol of the continued struggle for human dignity.

(A) have run high
(B) ran high
(D) run high
(E) were running highly

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21 Jul 2008, 19:12
Here is my reasoning.

There are 2 events that happen in the past in this sentence. 1) Racial tensions being high and 2) "Rosa Parks became". Whenever we have 2 events that take place in the past, the earlier event must use the past perfect tense and the simple past for the later action in the sentence. For the verb "run" this is "had run". We have to use C because this is the only one that uses "had run" and it uses the adverb "highly" correctly as well.

spriya wrote:
During an era when interracial tensions in the United States have run high, Rosa Parks became a quiet, unassuming symbol of the continued struggle for human dignity.

(A) have run high
(B) ran high
(C) had run highly - Correct
(D) run high
(E) were running highly

post in the explanations

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21 Jul 2008, 19:39
Then it has to be my first choice. I first thought B, but then thought "No, that's not past perfect and this has to follow that rule."

I just looked it up in my SC1000 and the answer is B. Is this an idiom of some sorts? I can imagine someone on the news saying "Tonight in Iraq tensions ran high as sniper fire continued..." So I guess maybe it is an idiom. Anyone else have an idea?

spriya wrote:
jallenmorris wrote:
Here is my reasoning.

There are 2 events that happen in the past in this sentence. 1) Racial tensions being high and 2) "Rosa Parks became". Whenever we have 2 events that take place in the past, the earlier event must use the past perfect tense and the simple past for the later action in the sentence. For the verb "run" this is "had run". We have to use C because this is the only one that uses "had run" and it uses the adverb "highly" correctly as well.

spriya wrote:
During an era when interracial tensions in the United States have run high, Rosa Parks became a quiet, unassuming symbol of the continued struggle for human dignity.

(A) have run high
(B) ran high
(C) had run highly - Correct
(D) run high
(E) were running highly

post in the explanations

Even i had the same answer but OA is not (C).keep trying

I have an answer for this .Consider the part of the sentence
During an era when interracial tensions in the United States have run high
I think usage of when forces us to use past tense instead of past perfect.Still not sure looking forward to getting correct explanation.
OA is (B)
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21 Jul 2008, 19:44
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I will go with B ... my reasoning while making choice is although there are two events occuring in past but both of them are occuring at the same time...so we don't need perfect tense in this case..
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21 Jul 2008, 19:56
"were running high" fits best -> I considered E but "were running highly" is incorrect -> I went for B. However, I would've still prefered "were running high" to "ran high".
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21 Jul 2008, 20:05
Great point diehard! Kudos +1.
Rosa Parks did her thing "during the era" when tensions ran high. The question even tells us this.
diehard4 wrote:
I will go with B ... my reasoning while making choice is although there are two events occuring in past but both of them are occuring at the same time...so we don't need perfect tense in this case..

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21 Jul 2008, 23:56

During an era when interracial tensions in the United States have run high, Rosa Parks became a quiet, unassuming symbol of the continued struggle for human dignity.

(A) have run high
use of present perfect tense is not correct here ..
It seems the interracial tensions are still running ..

(B) ran high
This is the right choice . Since both the events occurred at the same time we do not require a past perfect tense.
High/highly is not modifying run... it is actually suppose to modify the noun interracial tensions. Therefore use of High is better .
We can look at the sentence this way .During an era when High interracial tensions ran ....

(D) run high
present tense is incorrect here . Since part of the sent is in past tense.
(E) were running highly
use of continuous tense is incorrect
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22 Jul 2008, 06:05
zoltan wrote:
I also consider B the best answer choise.

Thank u all
Both the events correspond to same time frame hence past tense.
OA is B
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Re: SC-tenses   [#permalink] 22 Jul 2008, 06:05
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