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Although early novels first appeared as serials in newspapers and maga

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Although early novels first appeared as serials in newspapers and magazines, by the late eighteenth century they had been published as stand-alone books.

A. by the late eighteenth century they had been published
B. by the late eighteenth century they were published
C. by the late eighteenth century they were being published
D. by the time of the late eighteenth century they were published
E. by the late eighteenth century, they were publishing them

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Although early novels first appeared as serials in newspapers and magazines, by the late eighteenth century they had been published as stand-alone books.

A. by the late eighteenth century they had been published
B. by the late eighteenth century they were published
C. by the late eighteenth century they were being published
D. by the time of the late eighteenth century they were published
E. by the late eighteenth century, they were publishing them


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Although I got this question right, but I feel there is a pronoun ambiguity here. The pronoun "they" can logically refer to any of the noun (novels, newspapers, magazines) in the 1st clause.

Or, am I missing an important concept here. Can someone please clear my doubt.
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A is wrong because has been means that they are still publishing newspapers and magazines
B is correct
C is wrong because of being. 90% of the time being is wrong in GMAT
D is wrong because time is repetitve.
E is wrong because the sentence is ambigious.
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Although early novels first appeared as serials in newspapers and magazines, by the late eighteenth century they had been published as stand-alone books.

A. by the late eighteenth century they had been published
B. by the late eighteenth century they were published
C. by the late eighteenth century they were being published
D. by the time of the late eighteenth century they were published
E. by the late eighteenth century, they were publishing them


Hi
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Although I got this question right, but I feel there is a pronoun ambiguity here. The pronoun "they" can logically refer to any of the noun (novels, newspapers, magazines) in the 1st clause.

Or, am I missing an important concept here. Can someone please clear my doubt.


Hi,

Whenever you get a pronoun ambiguity situation, try this - replace the pronoun with the noun and read the sentence to test the logic. In this case, replacing "they",
1. Early novels had been published
2. Newspapers had been published
3. Magazines had been published.

Only "Early Novels" makes logical sense to be published and hence the pronoun ambiguity can be clarified.
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Verb Tense - Past perfect question  [#permalink]

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The following question has B marked as the answer:

Although early novels first appeared as serials in newspapers and magazines, by the late eighteenth century they had been published as stand-alone books.

A. by the late eighteenth century they had been published
B. by the late eighteenth century they were published
C. by the late eighteenth century they were being published
D. by the time of the late eighteenth century they were published
E. by the late eighteenth century, they were publishing them

As per MGMAT whenever there is a time marker, use of past perfect is correct. For instance
Correct: By 1945, US had been at war with …

Can someone please help clarify how come option B (simple past) is correct here and not option A

Originally posted by pradeepmaria on 20 Jul 2017, 23:01.
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New post 21 Jul 2017, 00:08
Although early novels ‘first’ appeared.... the first in the subordinate clause creates a timeline so we don’t need to use the past perfect tense to explain the event timeline IMO.

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New post 21 Jul 2017, 21:49
pradeepmaria wrote:
The following question has B marked as the answer:

Although early novels first appeared as serials in newspapers and magazines, by the late eighteenth century they had been published as stand-alone books.

A. by the late eighteenth century they had been published
B. by the late eighteenth century they were published
C. by the late eighteenth century they were being published
D. by the time of the late eighteenth century they were published
E. by the late eighteenth century, they were publishing them

As per MGMAT whenever there is a time marker, use of past perfect is correct. For instance
Correct: By 1945, US had been at war with …

Can someone please help clarify how come option B (simple past) is correct here and not option A



You are right about the use of past perfect verb when there is a time market but the context governs it. You can draw a timeline and replace the phrases, to answer your query:

1st: early novels first appeared as serials in newspapers and magazines
2nd: they had been published as stand-alone books
3rd: by the late eighteenth century

Now, since event 1 is the earlier of the event, it is appropriate to use past perfect tense; however, since "first" is used, there is no ambiguity regarding the hierarchy and hence correct even without past perfect tense verb to exactly capture the essence of the meaning.

Now, second event and third event follows the first event and hence use of "simple past" is appropriate.

other correct version is:
1. Although early novels had first appeared as serials in newspapers and magazines, by the late eighteenth century they were published as stand-alone books.

Hope this helps.
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Why is this question tagged in the official questions, when it is already mentioned that it from other source?
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