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Though he had had success broadcasting his controversial radio program on highly regulated terrestrial airwaves, Howard Stern opted out of terrestrial broadcasting in favor of the less regulated satellite radio medium.

B. Though he has had
C. Even though he had
E. Having achieved

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I feel the correct answer was Option E.

Couldn't understand the structure of the sentence.
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Though he had had success broadcasting his controversial radio program on highly regulated terrestrial airwaves, Howard Stern opted out of terrestrial broadcasting in favor of the less regulated satellite radio medium.

B. Though he has had
C. Even though he had
E. Having achieved

I feel the correct answer was Option E.

Couldn't understand the structure of the sentence.

had had is past perfect of 'to have'
has/have had is present perfect of 'to have'

Here we have to use past perfect to show the occurrence of previous past event.
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18 Sep 2010, 09:18
Here we are discussing about two past events "had success...before he opted out"....So we need a past perfect...Therefore "had had..." usage is correct.
Hence 'A'.
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18 Sep 2010, 11:20
gurpreetsingh wrote:
sachinrelan wrote:
Though he had had success broadcasting his controversial radio program on highly regulated terrestrial airwaves, Howard Stern opted out of terrestrial broadcasting in favor of the less regulated satellite radio medium.

B. Though he has had
C. Even though he had
E. Having achieved

I feel the correct answer was Option E.

Couldn't understand the structure of the sentence.

had had is past perfect of 'to have'
has/have had is present perfect of 'to have'

Here we have to use past perfect to show the occurrence of previous past event.

Thanks Gurpreet ...i was also convinced that here past perfect is needed, but what is wrong with option E and D, as "Having acheived" and "Having had" are alternate forms to express past perfect tense and sequence of events.
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18 Sep 2010, 11:28
sachinrelan wrote:
Thanks Gurpreet ...i was also convinced that here past perfect is needed, but what is wrong with option E and D, as "Having acheived" and "Having had" are alternate forms to express past perfect tense and sequence of events.

Having <Verb>-ed is not past perfect tense

Past perfect would be had <verb>-ed
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Hey Sachin,

Shrouded isn't quite right here. Obviously the last two answer choices are not the past perfect tense, but they are legitimate ways to word the sentence. The issue is one of meaning. We want the "though," to express that Howard Stern left EVEN THOUGH he was successful. He didn't leave BECAUSE he'd been successful (that doesn't make any sense), which is the meaning in the last two answer choices.

Hope that helps!

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18 Sep 2010, 12:33
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Hey Sachin,

Shrouded isn't quite right here. Obviously the last two answer choices are not the past perfect tense, but they are legitimate ways to word the sentence. The issue is one of meaning. We want the "though," to express that Howard Stern left EVEN THOUGH he was successful. He didn't leave BECAUSE he'd been successful (that doesn't make any sense), which is the meaning in the last two answer choices.

Hope that helps!

-t

Thanks Tommy, it indeed helped me out to understand the meaning of the sentence, but had being used twice in the sentence is really confusing me and what is the meaning it reflects when had is used twice in any sentence.

I feel it should have been "Though he had success broadcasting.."

In between will request you to intermittently follow our forum queries as i have followed your explanations and help in other posts and they are extremely enlightening. A gentle request to you.

Else you can guide us to someone who can help us out with our queries ?

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Well, Tim Sanders (Tommy's colleague ..I think!) gives a good explanation too. Check it out - http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sc- ... 10137.html
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IMO A but its awkward construction
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20 Sep 2010, 17:29
A for me. You need the past progressive to clairfy that his success came before he opted.
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18 Aug 2015, 16:33
Request you not to write your queries/answers/opinions in question window. It prevents ppl from analysing the question. The whole purpose of GMAT Club forum goes wasted by doing so.

You have response windows to do all such things.
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18 Aug 2015, 17:06
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Request you not to write your queries/answers/opinions in question window. It prevents ppl from analysing the question. The whole purpose of GMAT Club forum goes wasted by doing so.

You have response windows to do all such things.

Thanks. Formatted the question.
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18 Aug 2015, 18:17
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Hey Sachin,

Shrouded isn't quite right here. Obviously the last two answer choices are not the past perfect tense, but they are legitimate ways to word the sentence. The issue is one of meaning. We want the "though," to express that Howard Stern left EVEN THOUGH he was successful. He didn't leave BECAUSE he'd been successful (that doesn't make any sense), which is the meaning in the last two answer choices.

Hope that helps!

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