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tense problem - [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2006, 17:48
A fish that had been considered extinct was found in the Pacific Ocean.

Which one is more correct?

A fish that was considered extinct was found in the Pacific Ocean.

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A fish that had been considered extinct was found in the Pacific Ocean.

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Solution [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2006, 19:41
I think the below sentence is more correct as the earlier action is more past compared to later action. Hence first action takes past particle form.

A fish that had been considered extinct was found in the Pacific Ocean.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 05:18
The second sentence sounds better in this GMAT world.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 12:24
"A fish that had been considered extinct was found in the Pacific Ocean."

sounds more correct, because the state of considering belongs to an earlier time than the action of finding. Thus, it is better to indicate the chronological order with past perfect tense.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 12:36
Great explanation selene.
Thanks!

selene wrote:
"A fish that had been considered extinct was found in the Pacific Ocean."

sounds more correct, because the state of considering belongs to an earlier time than the action of finding. Thus, it is better to indicate the chronological order with past perfect tense.
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