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# Dorothy Parker's fiery personality was often mirored in her

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Dorothy Parker's fiery personality was often mirored in her [#permalink]

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Dorothy Parker's fiery personality was often mirored in her caustic stories,which were brazen for the 1930's,a time period in which women were more cautious about voicing their opinions.
a. in which women were more cautious about voicing their opinions.
b. where women were more cautious about voicing their opinions.
c. in which women had been more cautious about voicing their opinions.
d. when women would have been more cautious about voicing their opinions.

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Eliminate b straightaway.When talking about a time period "when " is more appropriate.Left with d and e."e" was the answer I selected as "had been ' was also used appropriatly.The action started in the past and finished in the past so past perfect tense is rightly used.
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29 Jul 2009, 20:24
tejal777 wrote:
Dorothy Parker's fiery personality was often mirored in her caustic stories,which were brazen for the 1930's,a time period in which women were more cautious about voicing their opinions.
a. in which women were more cautious about voicing their opinions.
b. where women were more cautious about voicing their opinions.
c. in which women had been more cautious about voicing their opinions.
d. when women would have been more cautious about voicing their opinions.

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Eliminate b straightaway.When talking about a time period "when " is more appropriate.Left with d and e."e" was the answer I selected as "had been ' was also used appropriatly.The action started in the past and finished in the past so past perfect tense is rightly used.

Past perfect is used when one event precede the event in the past. There is no reference of other event in this context; so, simple past tense is preferred.
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29 Jul 2009, 20:45
not clear ppl..detailed explanation would be gr8..
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29 Jul 2009, 22:15
tejal777 wrote:
Dorothy Parker's fiery personality was often mirored in her caustic stories,which were brazen for the 1930's,a time period in which women were more cautious about voicing their opinions.
a. in which women were more cautious about voicing their opinions.
b. where women were more cautious about voicing their opinions.
c. in which women had been more cautious about voicing their opinions.
d. when women would have been more cautious about voicing their opinions.

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OA:A

Eliminate b straightaway.When talking about a time period "when " is more appropriate.Left with d and e."e" was the answer I selected as "had been ' was also used appropriatly.The action started in the past and finished in the past so past perfect tense is rightly used.

I agree with the sudeep. We don't know which occurs first "personality" that mirrored or "1930". we know that it happened during the time frame but not explicitly defined. Past perfect is usually used for first event that happens in history to distinguish from the other event.
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29 Jul 2009, 23:15
In which and when are equivalent. But here simple past is required . hence A
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30 Jul 2009, 00:35
angel2009 wrote:
In which and when are equivalent. But here simple past is required . hence A

+1
no need for using past perfect
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