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Timmy is learning about the war in which much of Europe will be reduced to rubble


A. .....
B. Timmy learned about the war in which much of Europe had been reduced to rubble
C. Timmy had learned about the war in which much of Europe was reduced to rubble
D, Timmy has learned about the war in which much of Europe must have been bee reduced to rubble
E. Timmy learned about the war in which much of Europe was reduced to rubble

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Re: Timmy is learning [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2013, 23:48
It is E. OA pls.

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Re: Timmy is learning [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 02:49
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Timmy is learning about the war in which much of Europe will be reduced to rubble


A. .....
B. Timmy learned about the war in which much of Europe had been reduced to rubble
C. Timmy had learned about the war in which much of Europe was reduced to rubble
D, Timmy has learned about the war in which much of Europe must have been bee reduced to rubble
E. Timmy learned about the war in which much of Europe was reduced to rubble

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A,B,C and D conveys the wrong meaning if you think about it.

Simple past is required here. The answer choice E is the best.
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Re: Timmy is learning [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 04:29
My pick is B...we need past perfect for two events that happened in past...
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Re: Timmy is learning [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 04:53
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@ratin sequencing of events is required when two event in the past have some bearing over each other .for two random events sequencing is not required .in fact it sounds very awkward !!
the fact the timmy learned about some war (isolated event ) has no bearing on timing of the war so past perfect is wrong here !!
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Re: Timmy is learning [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 05:58
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Timmy is learning about the war in which much of Europe will be reduced to rubble


A. .....
B. Timmy learned about the war in which much of Europe had been reduced to rubble
C. Timmy had learned about the war in which much of Europe was reduced to rubble
D, Timmy has learned about the war in which much of Europe must have been bee reduced to rubble
E. Timmy learned about the war in which much of Europe was reduced to rubble

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Here, the use of past perfect is not required. The sentence don't want to say "Timmy learned after much of the Europe had been reduced to rubble".
Will you say "I visited a grocery store where most of the items had been costly" or "I visited a grocery store where most of the items were costly"?
I'll go with option E.
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Re: Timmy is learning [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 09:01
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@ratin sequencing of events is required when two event in the past have some bearing over each other .for two random events sequencing is not required .in fact it sounds very awkward !!
the fact the timmy learned about some war (isolated event ) has no bearing on timing of the war so past perfect is wrong here !!


Hi Aditya, the reason why we dont need a past perfect tense here is that 2 events - Timmy learning and war that already happened, have no bearing on each other. If we have to define past perfect tense usage, it is used only for 2 related events where sequencing is essential. In this sentence, sequence is essential, obviously war happened before Timmy learned about the war, but event wise these 2 dont relate to each other, even if Timmy decided not to learn, the war would still have happened (because it already happened in the past and Timmy was not a deciding factor to it)

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Re: Timmy is learning [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 09:09
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Hi Aditya, the reason why we dont need a past perfect tense here is that 2 events - Timmy learning and war that already happened, have no bearing on each other. If we have to define past perfect tense usage, it is used only for 2 related events where sequencing is essential. In this sentence, sequence is essential, obviously war happened before Timmy learned about the war, but event wise these 2 dont relate to each other, even if Timmy decided not to learn, the war would still have happened (because it already happened in the past and Timmy was not a deciding factor to it)

so i said they have no bearing on each other !!
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Re: Timmy is learning [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 09:14
Aditya my apologies, I meant it for Ratinarace
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