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When Margaret Thatcher won the British general election in 1979, she had become Europe’s first woman PM, although the world had seen its very first female head of state , Sirimavo Bendaranaike of Sri Lanka, 19 years earlier.

A. When Margaret Thatcher won
B. Upon Margaret Thatcher’s winning
C. Whenever Margaret Thatcher won
D. Margaret Thatcher had won
E. At the time Margaret Thatcher won
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Re: 700 level - but note sure whether OA is correct [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 21:22
E.

"When Margaret Thatcher won..." seems to be talking about the time itself rather than an event at that time or circumstances of the time. Because the sentence discusses an event at a certain period of time, E appears to be the best for leading into this. The meaning is best communicated by E.

This is a tough question. It certainly is between A and E though. What's the OA?

EDIT: I just saw the source is Peterson's Master the GMAT book, but the book on Google Books omits the page with the answer to this question (the question itself is presented at question #2 on one of the tests within the book).

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When Margaret Thatcher won the British general election in 1979, she had become Europe’s first woman PM, although the world had seen its very first female head of state , Sirimavo Bendaranaike of Sri Lanka, 19 years earlier.

A. When Margaret Thatcher won
B. Upon Margaret Thatcher’s winning
C. Whenever Margaret Thatcher won
D. Margaret Thatcher had won
E. At the time Margaret Thatcher won

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Re: 700 level - but note sure whether OA is correct [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2010, 07:17
OA is B...Funny, isn't it?? because in this case there is no antecedent of "she" in the entire sentence.
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Re: 700 level - but note sure whether OA is correct [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2010, 07:44
I disagree with the OA. I think this questions is all about style and it's nearly impossible to say that John Grisham's style is better than Stephanie Meyer's style? I don't see a problem with B, but in my own writing, I would have chosen E first and A second.

Is there an explanation for the question?

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OA is B...Funny, isn't it?? because in this case there is no antecedent of "she" in the entire sentence.

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Re: 700 level - but note sure whether OA is correct [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2010, 08:52
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I'm having problems with B. What does "she" refer to? There is no Margaret Thatcher in this sentence, only the noun "Margaret Thatcher's winning."

I agree with jallenmorris. For me, though, I picked E because it just sounded better. Second place goes to A.
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Re: 700 level - but note sure whether OA is correct [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2010, 11:48
I agree about "she". If you take out all of the adjectives to reduce the sentence down to only what is there and what can function as the antecedent you get:

Upon winning the British general election in 1979, she had become Europe’s first woman PM, although the world had seen its very first female head of state , Sirimavo Bendaranaike of Sri Lanka, 19 years earlier.

In this sentence, "she" has no antecedent.

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I'm having problems with B. What does "she" refer to? There is no Margaret Thatcher in this sentence, only the noun "Margaret Thatcher's winning."

I agree with jallenmorris. For me, though, I picked E because it just sounded better. Second place goes to A.

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Re: 700 level - but note sure whether OA is correct [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2010, 15:44
OK here is the OA with Explanation given in the Paterson book:

OA: B

The original sentence improperly mixes the past tense (won) with the Past Perfect Tense (had become and had seen). Choice B corrects this problem by reconstructing the first clause. In choice B, the noun clause Margaret Thatcher's winning correctly uses the possessive verb form.
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Re: 700 level - but note sure whether OA is correct [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2010, 21:19
That's a horrible Official Explanation. Past Perfect is used all the time with past tense. Past perfect tells us that something else happened relative to the past event.

He went to the store before he had been to the bank.

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastperfect.htmlAnd other examples.

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OK here is the OA with Explanation given in the Paterson book:

OA: B

The original sentence improperly mixes the past tense (won) with the Past Perfect Tense (had become and had seen). Choice B corrects this problem by reconstructing the first clause. In choice B, the noun clause Margaret Thatcher's winning correctly uses the possessive verb form.

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