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Atlantis, the legendary island first mentioned in Plato's dialogues, was a naval power that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens had been developed.

A) was a naval power that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens had been developed.

B) was a naval power that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens were developed.

C) have been naval powers that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens was developed.

D) has been a naval power that was conquering Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens were developed

E) were naval powers that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens were developed.

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Atlantis, the legendary island first mentioned in Plato's dialogues, was a naval power that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens had been developed.

A) was a naval power that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens had been developed.

B) was a naval power that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens were developed.

C) have been naval powers that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens was developed.

D) has been a naval power that was conquering Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens were developed

E) were naval powers that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens were developed.


Option B.

Atlantis is singular so option C & E are incorrect. As the tense is sentence is past tense ,we can eliminate option D.
In between option A & B ,there is no need to use past perfect tense.
So Option B is the correct answer
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My take: Singular Noun "Atlantis" requires singular pronoun "Was" and sentence will become concise if we use simple past.
With this approach, C,D & E are out.
A vs B.
A can easily be ruled out using the above mentioned concepts.

So I go with B.
What's OA ??
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Atlantis, the legendary island first mentioned in Plato's dialogues, was a naval power that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens had been developed.

A) was a naval power that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens had been developed. - Hold it

B) was a naval power that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens were developed. -- Hold it

C) have been naval powers that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens was developed. -- have -- incorrect

D) has been a naval power that was conquering Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens were developed - conquering -- incorrect

E) were naval powers that conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens were developed.- were -- incorrect

Out of A and B. Had been is not required.. because "before" is already trying to tell that it happened in the past.
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New post 18 Dec 2013, 11:43
Will go with B. Explanations as above
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Since Atlantis is mentioned as a "legendary island", it is singular. Hence C and E are out.
D has tense problems and grammatical mistakes.

In A and B, the sequence of actions are
1. Atlantis was a naval power (because it is mentioned as 9K years back)
2. Laws were developed.

A is out because it is using past perfect tense for later action.
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New post 02 Jun 2018, 23:56
Hmm interesting Question...
i was down to 2 and slipped to A and later realized that conquest happened first and then the laws were implemented!
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New post 04 Jun 2018, 22:43
Atlantis - Singular Subject
This narrows down the options to A,B and D.
D - incorrect use of continuous tense.
A - As "before" is present in the sentence, we should not use "had been.."
So, correct answer is B.
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New post 08 Aug 2018, 03:58
I dont understand why we are using simple past tense in both cases, these both cases dont happen in the same time period, Atlantis conquered Africa and many years later Greeks developed laws.

In my opinion such sentence is correct:

"Atlantis had conquered Africa 9000 years before the laws of Athens were developed"

Please someone light up the torch of truth
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