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Until the European Convention on Human Rights came into effect in 2000, no law of privacy was as yet acknowledged by British courts.

A. no law of privacy was as yet acknowledged by British courts
B. British courts did not acknowledge a law of privacy
C. the courts in Britain had not acknowledged a law of privacy
D. a law of privacy was not acknowledged by the courts in Britain
E. there had been no acknowledged law of privacy in Britain
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Re: European Convention on Human Rights [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2013, 01:02
Until the European Convention on Human Rights came into effect in 2000, no law of privacy was as yet acknowledged by British courts.

We know that an unstated rule of the GMAT is "avoid passive"(if possible).
A, D use a passive form.
The past perfect is used to clarify a sequence of events, the latter should be expressed in PP form and the most recent is simple past.

In this sentence the "timing" is already clear, since the sentence begins with "until"; we already know what happened first, so the use of the Past Perfect is not necessary, hence we should go for the most concise answer. All this leaves us with B, that is the best option

B. British courts did not acknowledge a law of privacy
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Re: European Convention on Human Rights [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2013, 04:29
Hi zarralou i believe that option a is wrong because it is a sentence fragment
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Re: European Convention on Human Rights [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2013, 04:44
swati007 wrote:
Hi zarralou i believe that option a is wrong because it is a sentence fragment


A clause is called a fragment if is a dependent clause without subject / verb, or is not connected to an IC (or a combination of those).

"A. no law of privacy was as yet acknowledged by British courts " this clearly has both a subject and a verb, so you're saying that is dependent clause... yes, I can agree with that, mostly because the sentence states "... yet ..." (when?) so its meaning is not complete on its own (hence is a DC).
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Re: European Convention on Human Rights [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2013, 08:06
Between B and D, B is better because first clause is in active so it make sense to go with active in 2nd clause...
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Re: European Convention on Human Rights [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2013, 00:32
Hi All,

What is wrong in (E)? The verb "acknowledged" should precede "came". Hence should it not be "had been no acknowledged"?



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Re: European Convention on Human Rights [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2013, 03:01
argha wrote:
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What is wrong in (E)? The verb "acknowledged" should precede "came". Hence should it not be "had been no acknowledged"?



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hi argha,

option E is wrong because itcompletely changes the intended meaningof the original question.

Until the European Convention on Human Rights came into effect in 2000, no law of privacy was as yet acknowledged by British courts.
intended meaning:==until 2000,british courts dindnt pass any law of privacy

opton E:
E. there had been no acknowledged law of privacy in Britain===>UNTIL 2000 THERE WAS NO LAW IN BRITAIN ON PRIVACY.
USE OF HAD IS ALSO WRONG HERE.YOU CAN EXPRESS WITH SIMPLE PAST ALSO
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I didnt understand what you meant to say with this:

The verb "acknowledged" should precede "came". Hence should it not be "had been no acknowledged"?


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Re: European Convention on Human Rights [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2013, 21:07
hi dears
in (B)....>british court=may be consume as a type of court
in (c)......>the court in britain is clear than another
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Re: European Convention on Human Rights [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2013, 22:32
Hi Shailesh,

If option (E) is plugged into the original question:

Until the European Convention on Human Rights came into effect in 2000, there had been no acknowledged law of privacy in Britain

Between the two highlighted verbs above, the second one precedes the first. Hence the tense of the second should be PP.

But I presume, when the sequence of events is clear by the usage of "until", then both the verbs should be simple past.

My bad, as I was not aware of this.

Thanks for the explanation anyways.



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