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Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year were constructed in violation of the city's building code.

(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 the buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake had been

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02 Aug 2007, 21:25
misterJJ2u wrote:
Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year were constructed in violation of the city's building code.

(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 the buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake had been

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I'm weak in verb tense questions and need to help figuring out how to eliminate incorrect choices...

whoops I didnt see the use of "or".. change my answer to C

(c) Some buildings that the earthquake destroyed and heavily damaged last year have been - should be using the plural form
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02 Aug 2007, 22:51
How can a building be both destroyed and heavily damaged ? it has to be "OR" .

an i guess you need "had been " here because " have been" is used when something which started in past still continues.

so i would pick "B"

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misterJJ2u wrote:
Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year were constructed in violation of the city's building code.

(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 the buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake had been

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I'm weak in verb tense questions and need to help figuring out how to eliminate incorrect choices...

whoops I didnt see the use of "or".. change my answer to C

(c) Some buildings that the earthquake destroyed and heavily damaged last year have been - should be using the plural form
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03 Aug 2007, 00:05
This is a good one. First all choices with AND are logically flawed. Either a building can be destroyed or it can be damaged but NOT both. This leaves us with B, D and E.
Its B.
misterJJ2u wrote:
Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year were constructed in violation of the city's building code.

(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 the buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake had been

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03 Aug 2007, 00:13
misterJJ2u wrote:
Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year were constructed in violation of the city's building code.

(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 the buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake had been

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I'm weak in verb tense questions and need to help figuring out how to eliminate incorrect choices...

This is a past perfect tense. Hence "had been" should be used.
Re: SC_Earthquake, building code   [#permalink] 03 Aug 2007, 00:13
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