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# Does not this sentence require contrast? Chocolate had been

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Does not this sentence require contrast?

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

I chose B...not OA.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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14 Dec 2011, 09:40
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Does not this sentence require contrast?

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

I chose B...not OA.

This is poor question although choice D is the best choice shows the full meaning of the sentence. After any conjunction in FANBOYS, we have to put the comma preceded it.
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Does not this sentence require contrast?

No a contrast is not required here.
The purpose of the sentence is to inform the reader that chocolate was once a luxury and it may be a luxury again. A contrast would have been appropriate had the sentence mentioned that chocolate was once a luxury but is no more so. Hence, contrasting ideas are not mentioned in the sentence. In fact, the sentence is just two separate sentences joined by the conjunction 'and'.

Two separate events in the past, one happening before the other, are not discussed in the sentence. That is why past perfect tense is not required. Simple past tense would do. Thus, "had been" in options A and C is wrong.
Because a contrast is not required here, option B is also wrong. Option E also uses the word 'although' which introduces a contrasting scenario, which is not the case here. Thus E is wrong.

Option D correctly uses the Simple Past tense 'was' to state the past about chocolate. It also uses the conjunction 'and' to join the first part of the sentence with the second part, which states that the cocoa shortage may make chocolate a luxury item again. Thus, chocolate is back to its "luxurious" status again and thus, there is no contrast.

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15 Dec 2011, 03:31
Thanks guys, methinks I got the point!
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15 Dec 2011, 07:18
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Does not this sentence require contrast?

No a contrast is not required here.
The purpose of the sentence is to inform the reader that chocolate was once a luxury and it may be a luxury again. A contrast would have been appropriate had the sentence mentioned that chocolate was once a luxury but is no more so. Hence, contrasting ideas are not mentioned in the sentence. In fact, the sentence is just two separate sentences joined by the conjunction 'and'.

Two separate events in the past, one happening before the other, are not discussed in the sentence. That is why past perfect tense is not required. Simple past tense would do. Thus, "had been" in options A and C is wrong.
Because a contrast is not required here, option B is also wrong. Option E also uses the word 'although' which introduces a contrasting scenario, which is not the case here. Thus E is wrong.

Option D correctly uses the Simple Past tense 'was' to state the past about chocolate. It also uses the conjunction 'and' to join the first part of the sentence with the second part, which states that the cocoa shortage may make chocolate a luxury item again. Thus, chocolate is back to its "luxurious" status again and thus, there is no contrast.

Hope this helps.

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15 Dec 2011, 22:18
+1 d
i agree with tuanquang269 regarding the correctness of the sentence.
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19 Dec 2011, 03:08
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siddharthmuzumdar wrote:
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Does not this sentence require contrast?

No a contrast is not required here.
The purpose of the sentence is to inform the reader that chocolate was once a luxury and it may be a luxury again. A contrast would have been appropriate had the sentence mentioned that chocolate was once a luxury but is no more so. Hence, contrasting ideas are not mentioned in the sentence. In fact, the sentence is just two separate sentences joined by the conjunction 'and'.

Two separate events in the past, one happening before the other, are not discussed in the sentence. That is why past perfect tense is not required. Simple past tense would do. Thus, "had been" in options A and C is wrong.
Because a contrast is not required here, option B is also wrong. Option E also uses the word 'although' which introduces a contrasting scenario, which is not the case here. Thus E is wrong.

Option D correctly uses the Simple Past tense 'was' to state the past about chocolate. It also uses the conjunction 'and' to join the first part of the sentence with the second part, which states that the cocoa shortage may make chocolate a luxury item again. Thus, chocolate is back to its "luxurious" status again and thus, there is no contrast.

Hope this helps.

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