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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
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12 Jul 2010, 19:39
IMO D

Corporation = SINGULAR, hence we can compare it to singular nouns only.

"proprietorships" and "partnerships", in option E, are plural nouns and hence can't be compared to "Corporation" (singular).....

only D uses singular and maintains parallelism, choose D
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13 Jul 2010, 01:36
So OA is "A" !!!

Although i don't disagree with this, i'm just wondering, can the below sentence also be correct. if no why?

"Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist known as George Eliot, she was an anonymous translator and essayist"
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13 Jul 2010, 03:55
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

IMO 'A'

we need past perfect to indicate timeframe before the past tense(became)

Between 'A' and 'E' .. i choose A as E looks awkward to me.
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17 Jun 2013, 06:52
IMO,

the choice is clearly between A & E!

let me try to put the info chronologically,

1)she was essayist & that is over in the past when she became popular=>had been
2)she became popular(till she was alive)

thus A gets knocked off, its E for correct usage of tenses.

pls correct if wrong!
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17 Jun 2013, 07:02
Past perfect is not required when the sequence of events are clear.

The word "Before" clearly indicates the sequence of events. So my answer is D. But the OA is A. Can anyone please explain whats wrong with D and what makes A a better answer?
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Here is D in full

Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist, George Eliot,she was an anonymous translator and essayist

It doesn't make sense. Before George Eliot became George Eliot?

In A you have the 'known as' which makes this clear.
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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

The event "George Eliot became the popular and respected …" was in the past and happened after the event "had been an anonymous translator…" --> event "she had been an anonymous …" must be in past perfect tense. Therefore, A is correct answer choice.
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Past perfect is not required when the sequence of events are clear.

The word "Before" clearly indicates the sequence of events. So my answer is D. But the OA is A. Can anyone please explain whats wrong with D and what makes A a better answer?

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http://gmatclub.com/forum/before-george-eliot-became-the-popular-and-respected-97161.html?fl=similar

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17 Jun 2013, 09:50
Hi All,

in one of the similar discussions, a guy pointed out the following:-

d) Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist, George Eliot,she was(original)
x) Before George Eliot became a popular and respected novelist, George Eliot,she was
a) Before George Eliot became the popular and respected novelist known as George Eliot, she had been(original)

here the use of "THE" should be used with "Known as" which means here sentence only talks about "Author" in general

but when in choice (d) "THE"......"Geroge" is more like "he is the Newton" of the class.

I guess GMAT does not test you on GK, the question stem implies that....abc who was writer became the popular known as xyz.
her abc & xyz are both ordinary (unlike The Newton-terminology) and more.

huh!

pls pls pls discuss this!

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08 Apr 2014, 05:52
"The" used is common for novelist, popular and Geroge Elliot. Also this sentence requires a sequence so A is the best answer
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