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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.

A.Though he had had
B.Though he has had
C.Even though he had
D.Having had
E.Having achieved
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Re: SC: Tenses [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 05:37
I'll go with D. The reason: sentence should start with a descriptive phrase and should have past perfect (had).
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Re: SC: Tenses [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 07:07
i am with C on this...Howard sten HAD success in terrestrial radio but NOW he IS on SIRUS..

i.e he is no longer broadcasting on terrestrial radio...that is why a simple HAD would do..
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Re: SC: Tenses [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 07:50
Could one of you point out the issue with D?

Also, what are the usage rules for Though and Even though?
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Re: SC: Tenses [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 07:55
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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.

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

IMO (A) is correct. additional "had" is for past perfect tense which is required to convey that the action happened before another action in the past.
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Re: SC: Tenses [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 08:59
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Could one of you point out the issue with D?

Also, what are the usage rules for Though and Even though?
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'having' in D,E is not conveying the contrast.
having X, Howard opted out. (no contrast)
though / eventhough X, Howard opted out. (contrast)

Thats how I eliminated D,E. Waiting for OA.
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Re: SC: Tenses [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 10:02
The Tenses have always tensed me.

Going with A here.
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Re: SC: Tenses [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 12:57
OA answer, anyone? I originally went with C, but the past perfect tense principle makes me think A is the answer...
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Re: SC: Tenses [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 13:09
A for me..

Perfect tense is required here to convey that fact that Howard had a period of success in the past with Terrestrial before he opted( Simple Past) out.
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Re: SC: Tenses [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2008, 18:53
OA is A
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Re: SC: Tenses [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2008, 22:51
vksunder wrote:
Could one of you point out the issue with D?

Also, what are the usage rules for Though and Even though?
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We are referring to 2 different incidents that have happened in the past.So we need a past perfect tense here.

action 1: opted
action 2(before action1) :has success broadcating

past perfect tense = had + past participle

past participle here is "had success broadcasting"

past perfect tense = had had success broadcasting
Re: SC: Tenses   [#permalink] 28 Jun 2008, 22:51
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