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Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he also won the loyalty of its citizens: the invading Danes were well aware of this weakness and used it to their advantage in 893.

(A) Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he
(B) The fact that King Alfred had occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he had
(C) Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean he
(D) The fact that King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean that he
(E) Just because King Alfred had occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean he

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17 Jul 2008, 07:45
Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he also won the loyalty of its citizens: the invading Danes were well aware of this weakness and used it to their advantage in 893.

(A) Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he
(B) The fact that King Alfred had occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he had
(C) Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean he
(D) The fact that King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean that he
(E) Just because King Alfred had occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean he

It should be between A and B.
Just because in (A) doesn't sound right for me.. also past perfect is not required in (B)
Overall will go for B
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17 Jul 2008, 07:54
will go for A.

IMO past perfect is not required because of the specific time in the past, "886".
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17 Jul 2008, 11:24
Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he also won the loyalty of its citizens: the invading Danes were well aware of this weakness and used it to their advantage in 893.

(A) Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he
Just because is wrong
(B) The fact that King Alfred had occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he had
Correct
C) Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean he[/color]
Just because is wrong
(D) The fact that King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean that he
(E) Just because King Alfred had occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean he
Just because is wrong
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17 Jul 2008, 11:42
OA is B.

But I chose A because I wasn't convinced of the tenses used in B "had occupied" because we know that the action occured in 886.

Can anyone explain why past perfect is not incorrect here?

Btw, this is from SC1000.
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17 Jul 2008, 12:42
OA is B.

But I chose A because I wasn't convinced of the tenses used in B "had occupied" because we know that the action occured in 886.

Can anyone explain why past perfect is not incorrect here?

Btw, this is from SC1000.

You are right, Past perfect is not necessary here. But usually choices with 'it' that does not refer to an antecedent is considered strictly as a wrong option. Thats why I chose B over D.
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