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30. 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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Re: King Alfred [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2009, 20:06
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'does second had in 'B' required?

because occupied and fortified occured before King had the chance to win the support of the people. Are these being considred concurrent? If concurrent then had is not required the simple past tense would do the work?

in C, D and E -> it seems not have antecedent or refering to fact in D (which is wrong?).

Can anyone explain in details?

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Re: King Alfred [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2010, 18:59
I rejected A since with just because you cannot have did not. you should have does not.
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Re: King Alfred [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2010, 09:25
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B is correct.. proper tense and construction, no use of ambiguous 'it" and "Just because"
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Re: King Alfred [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2010, 14:54
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B it is.

The below explanation might help.

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The correct answer is B, thus containing two "hads":

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

Sequence of events:

886: King Alfred occupies and fortifies London and potentially wins the loyalty of citizens
893: Danes invade

Since 893 is in the simple past (Danes WERE), both events of 886, which is prior to 893, should be in the past perfect (HAD occupied, HAD won).
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Re: King Alfred [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2010, 15:00
I remember this question from MGMAT I missed it:))

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Re: Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2011, 18:04
+1 for B.

Two events happened earlier:
1) King Alfred occupied London
2) King Alfred didn't win loyalty of his people despite occupation and fortification.

One event happened after that (also in past):
1) Danes were aware of the earlier events and used it for their advantage.

We need past perfect for earlier set of events(both of them) and simple past for the following past event to ensure clarity in timelines of events.

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