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Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year were constructed in violation of the cityтАЩs building code.
A.Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year were
B.Some buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake last year had been
C.Some buildings that the earthquake destroyed and heavily damaged last year have been
D.Last year the earthquake destroyed or heavily damaged some buildings that have been
E.Last year some of buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake had been

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05 Mar 2004, 13:35
I will go for E on this one! Coz.... Notice time line for past participle use " had been". Poor building construction in violation of city code took place before the earthquake.
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06 Mar 2004, 10:35
B is the best answer.
It uses verb tenses correctly to indicate that construction of the buildings was completed prior to the earthquake.

A and C illogically state that some buildings were both destroyed and damaged; or is needed to indicate that each of the buildings suffered either one fate or the other. In using only verb tense, were, A fails to indicate that the buildings were constructed before the earthquake occurred.

C and D use the present perfect tense incorrectly, saying in effect that the buildings have been constructed after they were destroyed last year.

E suggests that the construction of the buildings, rather than the earthquake, occurred last year, thus making the sequence of events unclear.

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