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# In the early fourteenth century, almost 200 years before

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In the early fourteenth century, almost
200 years before Columbus reached the
West Indies, and 250 years before the
Reformation, Europe had been Catholic
and the Church continued to influence
virtually every phase of human life.

A. Europe had been Catholic and the
Church continued to influence
virtually every phase of human life
B. the Catholic Church continued to
influence every phase of human
life
C. the Europe that had been Catholic
was still influenced in virtually
every phase of human life by the
Church
D. Europe was Catholic and the
Church influenced virtually every
phase of human life
E. Europe had been Catholic and the
Church had influenced virtually every
phase of human life
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20 May 2007, 16:49
msrinath wrote:
In the early fourteenth century, almost
200 years before Columbus reached the
West Indies, and 250 years before the
Reformation, Europe had been Catholic
and the Church continued to influence
virtually every phase of human life.

A. Europe had been Catholic and the
Church continued to influence
virtually every phase of human life
B. the Catholic Church continued to
influence every phase of human
life
C. the Europe that had been Catholic
was still influenced in virtually
every phase of human life by the
Church
D. Europe was Catholic and the
Church influenced virtually every
phase of human life
E. Europe had been Catholic and the
Church had influenced virtually every
phase of human life

I would opt for "c" based on the following: in the original phrase the tense of "had been" is incorrect. Therefore eliminate a, c, and e. In b the sense of the sentence is changed and "the Catholic Church continued" is does not referred to any state of being. C fixes the tense problem without changing the sense of the sentence
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20 May 2007, 18:36
I would go for 'D'.

As there is no time duration mentioned in the sentence, the use of simple past is advised.
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20 May 2007, 18:45
Another D.

Had been is Past Perfect Continuous tense. It is used to decribe an action of certain duration in past before another past action occurred. Simple past is correct here.
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20 May 2007, 19:05
D !

Please post the answer choices correctly or underline the question correctly.
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21 May 2007, 17:45

um yeah... d would be better than c, as c perpetuates the error I mentioned. Can you you call up the test center after the test and tell them that on # 32 you actually meant to answer d?
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26 May 2007, 20:11
A. Europe had been Catholic and the
Church continued to influence
virtually every phase of human life
– Verb Tense.
B. the Catholic Church continued to
influence every phase of human
life
– Verb Tense.
C. the Europe that had been Catholic
was still influenced in virtually
every phase of human life by the
Church
– Use of “still” is wrong.
D. Europe was Catholic and the
Church influenced virtually every
phase of human life
E. Europe had been Catholic and the
Church had influenced virtually every
phase of human life
– Verb Tense.

The answer is D.
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27 May 2007, 03:07
OA is D
27 May 2007, 03:07
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