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# Before George Eliot became the popular and respected

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Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist known as George Eliot,
she was
an anonymous translator and essayist of formidably far-ranging scholarship.
(A) Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist known as George Eliot,
she was
(B) Before she had been the popular and respected novelist, George Eliot, she was
(C) George Eliot has been the 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

OA - after some discussion
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14 Sep 2012, 07:15
By ear, I would pick A. By strict grammatical rule, I would pick E.
The present past tense in the first half of the sentence calls for past perfect tense and E is the only option with past perfect tense.

My answer is E - keeping my fingers crossed for this one.
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14 Sep 2012, 09:08
IMO E.
Here, we are taking about 2 time frames one in which Eliot was a translator and other in which shw is a novelist... So, I assume past perfect make sens here...
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14 Sep 2012, 09:34
imo the answer is A. though the two events occur in the past and one precedes the other, the order of events is perfectly clear even without using past perfect tense(the "before" makes this easier). The comma in e is awkwardly placed.
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29 Sep 2012, 01:12
I will go with A just because it's the concise of the two probable answers ( A & E)
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28 Feb 2013, 02:33
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Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist known as George Eliot,
she was
an anonymous translator and essayist of formidably far-ranging scholarship.
(A) Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist known as George Eliot,
she was
(B) Before she had been the popular and respected novelist, George Eliot, she was
(C) George Eliot has been the 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

OA - after some discussion

A - Too wordy
B - She had been - Pronoun error
C - Tense Error
D - sounds ok
E - Geaorge Elliot is redundant i guess

OA please, I think its between A and D
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29 Jun 2013, 20:28
I choose E which, I believe, presents the harmony in verb tense. Wait for the OA.
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06 Aug 2016, 13:09
OA IS A

Don't hypercorrect. About a fifth of sentence corrections will be correct as is. Many of these sound like something you'd never say or write unless you were writing a term paper. George Eliot didn't become George Eliot, as (B) - (E) have it. She became known as George Eliot. You need the verbs "became" and "had been" to indicate that her anonymity occurred earlier than her fame.
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06 Aug 2016, 22:19
+ 1 for A.

What is the OA? Experts please suggest!!
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(A) Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist known as George Eliot, she was
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(B) Before she had been the popular and respected novelist, George Eliot, she was
She was a translator and essayist before becoming popular, so "had been" for a later event (becoming popular) is not correct. Noun repeated twice.

(C) George Eliot has been the popular and respected novelist, George Eliot, after such time as she was
No reason to use present perfect tense, when the other verb is in simple past (was). "after such time as she was" cant even interpret what does this mean

(D) Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist, George Eliot, she was
Noun repeated twice.

(E) George Eliot, before she was the popular and respected novelist, George Eliot, had been
Noun repeated twice. "was" changes the meaning from transitioning (became) to the final state (was). I became angry vs. I was angry.
No issue with using past perfect tense ("had been") to express a before event in past tense

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