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Before the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, along with other former slaves

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Re: Before the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, along with other former slaves [#permalink]

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bonke88 wrote:
I understand that 'were' is incorrect here, but my question is why ?

When you use the condition: if 'past simple' then --> 'would' you should use "were" instead of "was".

It wasn't enforced here because there is no condition, just a description of the past ?

Hi bonke88m, indeed, you might be confusing this with (what's called) hypothetical subjunctive, wherein you need use were. However, this is not that case.

As you rightly mention, this is just a description of the past and so, will follow the regular rules of Subject-verb agreement.

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since gmat will not test pre-knowledge, "create" indicate that sth will become valuable later. Hence, it is E.
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Imo E

Before the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, along with other former slaves and white abolitionists, helped create what had become known as the Underground Railroad, and were responsible for leading hundreds, if not thousands, of slaves to freedom.

(A) had become known as the Underground Railroad, and were
(B) would become known as the Underground Railroad, and were
(C) had become known as the Underground Railroad, and was
(D) has been becoming known as the Underground Railroad, and was
(E) would become known as the Underground Railroad, and was

The answer is E
The subject here is Harriet Tubman and along with other is an additive phrase so actually the subject is singular; we have to use a singular word.
A and B are out
D is out because it uses becoming and use present tense as clearly the sentence is in past
between C and E
E is the correct answer as there is no timeline in the
sentence that we need to show .If in doubt just see what happened before Harriet Tubman created Underground Railroad.
Also would become is correct

Hi mikemcgarry ,

Although i got this question right can you please explain C and E in detail .
Can i eliminate C based on the meaning ?


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"were" is wrong....hence A and B are out. Also, between C, D and E, "would become" is required and hence E is the answer.
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