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Before Thomas Edison became the popular and respected inventor known as Thomas Edison, he was an anonymous student and scientist.

A. Before Thomas Alva Edison became the popular and respected inventor known as Thomas Edison, he was
B. Before he had been the popular and respected inventor, Thomas Edison he was
C. Thomas Alva Edison has been popular and respected inventor, Thomas Edison, after such time as he was
D. Before he became the popular and respected inventor, Thomas Edison had once been
E. Thomas Alva Edison, before he was the popular and respected inventor, Thomas Edison, had been

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Can anyone please explain why D is correct and A is not?
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Can anyone please explain why D is correct and A is not?


I guess it is sequencing of events. Thomas Edison was an anonymous student and scientist first and later he was a popular and respected inventor. When events occur in a sequence, the former event in the sequence uses a past-perfect tense and later uses a past tense.
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Can anyone please explain why D is correct and A is not?


I guess it is sequencing of events. Thomas Edison was an anonymous student and scientist first and later he was a popular and respected inventor. When events occur in a sequence, the former event in the sequence uses a past-perfect tense and later uses a past tense.


I disagree with OA, and I think the source can have good questions except this SC question.

"before" already indicates the time sequence
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The usage of before indicates a clear time frame. Can some expert tell what is wrong in A?
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Shouldn't "A" be the correct option here? We do not need past perfect when a marker such as "before" is already present.
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Shouldn't "A" be the correct option here? We do not need past perfect when a marker such as "before" is already present.


Yes, option D is wrong because of the unnecessary use of past perfect. The verb "was" in option A is alright - but the part "known as Thomas Edison" is redundant. None of the given options is correct.
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That's a weird question, which doesn't have any fully correct answers imo. I chose A, even though it's redundant.
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Before Thomas Edison became the popular and respected inventor known as Thomas Edison, he was an anonymous student and scientist.

A. Before Thomas Alva Edison became the popular and respected inventor known as Thomas Edison, he was
B. Before he had been the popular and respected inventor, Thomas Edison he was
C. Thomas Alva Edison has been popular and respected inventor, Thomas Edison, after such time as he was
D. Before he became the popular and respected inventor, Thomas Edison had once been
E. Thomas Alva Edison, before he was the popular and respected inventor, Thomas Edison, had been

Could you please explain why correct option is D not A?
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