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06 Apr 2010, 19:02
I agree with you that "had been" implies an action completed before another past time. That is actually what is happening in this situation. The town was something before the storm. The town completed being this way when the storm came and destroyed much of the harbor. This is why I think E is the best answer.

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It's a choice between A and E. For answer A, "had been", the use of the past perfect tense implies an action completed before another past time. I believe that is grammatically incorrect in this case. The simple past tense "was" is a better choice.

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08 Apr 2010, 04:21
A/E

Looks like this question has been discussed many times in different forums, even after OA is given. No explanation really settles it.

This could be an ideal case to discuss Whether to use "Had Been," because another time tag 'before' is mentioned.
I picked A.
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20 Mar 2013, 10:15
wrong question.

when there is marker which makes clear the sequence of 2 actions, both had done and di is good.
here "before" is maker and we can use A or C.
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20 Mar 2013, 22:03
I guess A and E would both make sense. Nothing to differentiate here
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21 Mar 2013, 05:27
It is a clear usage of "Past pefect". There was one event that happened before another event and both were in past.

Hence, A makes a better answer!
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21 Mar 2013, 05:29
icandy wrote:
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Before the storm destroyed much of the harbor, this town, with its sandy beaches and multiple opportunities for sports, had been one of the most popular resort destinations on the East Coast.

B ) has been
D ) was being
E ) was

When ever there are two events such that both events have started in the past and one event occurred before the other we need past perfect and past tense. The storm destroyed is past tense and we need past perfect to show that this had been a popular resort for long time.

Had Been - Is it past perfect or past perfect continuous.

I am slightly confused between A and E, but apply my limited knowledge, i certainly believe the answer is A. Can someone kindly post the OA. This question has been asked in multiple forums but i cant see the OA anywhere!
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21 Mar 2013, 05:32
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
I guess this one is not well written question. I saw same type in Kaplan book and Kaplan strictly used past perfect in this scenario. If some questions were deviated from standard books such as kaplan, MGMAT SC, it would be preferable to say NO to those questions.

You cant say NO to a GMAT question. You will have to make an educated guess (worst case scenario)

Had Been - Is it past perfect or past perfect continuous.

I am slightly confused between A and E, but apply my limited knowledge, i certainly believe the answer is A. Can someone kindly post the OA. This question has been asked in multiple forums but i cant see the OA anywhere!
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05 Dec 2015, 13:54
HI mikemcgarry
Please clarify doubt here. I think had been is required, because two events are there in the sentence , with key word before, which indicates sequencing.
Few posts says before already maid sequencing we dont require had been.
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Re: Before the storm destroyed much of the harbor, this town, [#permalink]

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icandy wrote:
ssandeepan wrote:
Before the storm destroyed much of the harbor, this town, with its sandy beaches and multiple opportunities for sports, had been one of the most popular resort destinations on the East Coast.

Here we are presented with a sentence where clearly it is stated which event precceeds which one.

Thus we can say that before the storm the town was most popular.

When we are certain about the precedence / occurence of a certain event in the time elements ( In this case the starting - Before the storm .....) we do not need past perfect tense.

Past Perfect Tense must only be used to express the idea that a certain event precceeds another event in the timeline.

To me Befoe + had been for this particular sentence is redundent.

Hence I am with (E), simple past Was

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