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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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23 Mar 2009, 03:33
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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

B, tired now, tomorow explain
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23 Mar 2009, 03:45
IMHO, "had occupied" is not needed
why not A then?

(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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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

3 actions: KA occupying and fortifying....I
KA winning loyality........II
Danes knowing the above facts.........III
III happened after I and II.
I and II happened at same time.
So there is difference in time of occurences of I,II event from III event.
Hence we use past perfect.
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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

I am going to try to use the split and resplit method I just studied from manhattan gmat.

First split, the action happened in 886 is before the past action in 893; therefore, past perfect is needed. So eliminate A, C, and D.

Second split, it does not have clear referent. So eliminate C, D, and E

The correct answer should be B. Total time used to answer this question 30secs.
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23 Mar 2009, 08:40
Good Q
testing tense
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thanks for the discussion
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23 Mar 2009, 21:17
So OA is B?

The explanation seems valid but recently I read a question that talked about an 'age' and we didnt use had eventhough we had 2 past events. The discussion said that 'had' was not required because talking about an age was like introducing a new clause in the sentence.

Here I thought the colon introduces a new clause so the first two events dont form a chronology witht he event after the colon.

I thought it was A but I will be content with B if it is the OA.
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ritula wrote:
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

3 actions: KA occupying and fortifying....I
KA winning loyality........II
Danes knowing the above facts.........III
III happened after I and II.
I and II happened at same time.
So there is difference in time of occurences of I,II event from III event.
Hence we use past perfect.

Thanks Jainu...A nice approach to solve multiple verb/tense questions in SC ..
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29 Mar 2010, 13:05
Nevergiveup---where did you find the split and resplit methond in the Manhattan GMAT SC book? I can't fidn it in the book..

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29 Mar 2010, 20:43
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Nevergiveup---where did you find the split and resplit methond in the Manhattan GMAT SC book? I can't fidn it in the book..

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it is their in book in chap-3.

Ans: B
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30 Mar 2010, 00:24
I also used the tense logic and arrive at B.
Can anyone can comment on the "Just Because" or "The fact that"?

Are both okay on GMAT or is one preferable to another?
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I feel the fact that is wrong!!
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I feel the fact that is wrong!!

I also don't like the use of "the fact that." If it is a fact, why not just say so. I don't know what value does this idiom add to any sentence.

But the answer is B in this question, because of the errors in other options.
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05 Sep 2010, 04:06
Why do we need past perfect if the timeline is already clarified (years 886 and 893)?
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31 Mar 2011, 06:22
Nevergiveup : nice explanantion, i liked the elimination strategy.
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04 Apr 2012, 07:11
I too liked the MAHATTAN Elimination method...I would go with B too
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04 Apr 2012, 18:14
When time has already been specified(886 and 893) than we dont need to use past perfect and in second option "the fact that" is also awkward. I arrived at option A but OA is B , B doesnt make sense to me
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04 Apr 2012, 18:17
the fact is appropriate here because of the second part of the sentence.

what were the danes aware of? some fact.
what kind of fact? loyalty of alfred's subjects.
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04 Apr 2012, 18:52
What is wrong with option 'E' ? Could anyone help??
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