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# Chocolate had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings

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Chocolate had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate an exclusive luxury again

A. had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
B. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings but now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
C. had once been the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage will make chocolate
D. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
E. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings although now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
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07 Oct 2012, 23:46
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Chocolate had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate an exclusive luxury again

A. had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
B. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings but now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
C. had once been the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage will make chocolate
D. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
E. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings although now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate

had been is not needed as their is no time sequence here. A simple past tense is suffice. Eliminate A and C. Among B, D and E , i think D wins as in B but is used and the author it trying to establish contrast here. Same with E.
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08 Oct 2012, 00:56
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IMO E...
since we want a contrast to the habits of people in the present..
we need to use although...
earlier it was a luxury...but due to a shortage of cocoa... it is now again a luxury...
still confused...eh' !!!
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IMO E...
since we want a contrast to the habits of people in the present..
we need to use although...
earlier it was a luxury...but due to a shortage of cocoa... it is now again a luxury...
still confused...eh' !!!

Nope, We do not want a contrast.

Earlier only king used to have chocolate because it was a luxury item. If there is a shortage of cocoa today, the chocoltae will again become a luxury item. Where is the contrast? A contrast would have been there if we would have said "that now the chocolate is no more a luxury item" i.e. it is available to everyone.
The statement draws a parallel.

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Chocolate had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate an exclusive luxury again.

A. had been once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
B. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings but now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
C. had once been the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage will make chocolate
D. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
E. was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings although now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate
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25 Sep 2014, 08:36
What stumps me is the OE - "The use of 'but' is incorrect since no contrast is being implied in the sentence"

I beg to differ. There IS a contrast. The contrast is ... There was a time when chocolate (was abundant), BUT as a result of its shortage, it is now a luxury to drink coffee.. Unless my understanding of the use of 'But' and contrasting statements is flawed, this sentence is screaming contrast! Please enlighten me.
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25 Sep 2014, 08:46
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the answer is D: was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings and now a cocoa shortage may make chocolate

the usage of "BUT" is wrong here. there is no contrast. think it like this: Chocolate was once the drink of Mayan and Aztec kings-----> what does that mean? it means that "chocolate" was an exclusive luxury AND so is true even NOW .these two concept are similar concepts not contrasting.

a contrasting sentence would have been: Although Chocolate is tasty but it is bad for health
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I beg to differ. There IS a contrast. The contrast is ... There was a time when chocolate (was abundant), BUT as a result of its shortage, it is now a luxury to drink coffee.. Unless my understanding of the use of 'But' and contrasting statements is flawed, this sentence is screaming contrast! Please enlighten me.

you are making wrong conclusion about the abundance of "chocolate". the fact that it was a drink of king is no testimony to the fact that it was abundant. but yes the fact that kings used to drink chocolate does prove that it was a luxury drink, after all kings would always have some thing more valuable
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I beg to differ. There IS a contrast. The contrast is ... There was a time when chocolate (was abundant), BUT as a result of its shortage, it is now a luxury to drink coffee.. Unless my understanding of the use of 'But' and contrasting statements is flawed, this sentence is screaming contrast! Please enlighten me.

you are making wrong conclusion about the abundance of "chocolate". the fact that it was a drink of king is no testimony to the fact that it was abundant. but yes the fact that kings used to drink chocolate does prove that it was a luxury drink, after all kings would always have some thing more valuable

I am chuckling and shaking my head at my "rushed" thinking. Yes, you are correct. I should have paid more attention to the terminating words "luxury again". Yes, kings = luxury; shortage= luxury too. Sorry for my dumbness.

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