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29 May 2010, 12:49
Before the storm destroyed much of the harbor, this town, with its sandy beaches and multiple opportunities for sports, had been one of the most popular resort destinations on the East Coast.

(b) has been
(c) had been being
(d) was being
(e) was

OA e
am not a nattive but isn't the past perfect is used to describe actions that had been completed before a certain point in time in the past (before the storm destroyed)?
or maybe the situation of the city does not account for action?

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06 Jun 2010, 13:02
ah64captain wrote:
Before the storm destroyed much of the harbor, this town, with its sandy beaches and multiple opportunities for sports, had been one of the most popular resort destinations on the East Coast.

(b) has been
(c) had been being
(d) was being
(e) was

OA e
am not a nattive but isn't the past perfect is used to describe actions that had been completed before a certain point in time in the past (before the storm destroyed)?
or maybe the situation of the city does not account for action?

thanx

You will need to go back to a grammar text to look up the exact usage of tenses, but maybe reading some examples using "had been" will help..

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11 Jul 2010, 06:51
ah64captain wrote:
Before the storm destroyed much of the harbor, this town, with its sandy beaches and multiple opportunities for sports, had been one of the most popular resort destinations on the East Coast.

(b) has been
(c) had been being
(d) was being
(e) was

OA e
am not a nattive but isn't the past perfect is used to describe actions that had been completed before a certain point in time in the past (before the storm destroyed)?
or maybe the situation of the city does not account for action?

thanx

I have a similar doubt as above (in bold).. i checked the usage of "had been" in the google books as suggested by Praetorian, but unfortunately not able to relate the usage here. Some of the usages i see are as below:

The first family had been germans.
There had been a representation of several races.
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11 Jul 2010, 13:10
One needs to use 'was'. There is no other past event in the sentence that would need the use of 'had been'
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11 Jul 2010, 20:19
RGM wrote:
One needs to use 'was'. There is no other past event in the sentence that would need the use of 'had been'

thanks for your reply. Isn't the below event in past tense?

"Before the storm destroyed much of the harbor"
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13 Jul 2010, 03:51
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Check the below sentence:

Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist known as George Eliot, she had been an anonymous translator and essayist
(A) Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist known as George Eliot, she had been
(B) Before she had been the popular and respected novelist, George Eliot she was
(C) George Eliot has been popular and respected novelist, George Eliot after such time as she was
(D) Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist, George Eliot,she was
(E) George Eliot, before she was the popular and respected novelist, George Eliot, had been

here OA is 'A' and not 'D'.. which looks similar to me as the original sentence in this thread
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22 Jul 2010, 10:07
bumping this thread up.

was working on the gmatclub's v03 and got this one wrong. i couldn't justify the rationale given because this rule (simple vs perfect) is not consistent with the other problems i've encountered.
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31 Jul 2010, 00:14
After I read the sentence and the incorrect part highlighted, I was looking for a "was".. The answer choice just about confirmed it.

As for the example of George Elliot, we take the case where we are doing a comparison .
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06 Nov 2011, 21:25
Am still not clear why it is "was".

I fell both places we are doing comparisons. I still feel past perfect is the correct option.Could anyone please explain.

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