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During an era when interracial tensions in the United States

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During an era when interracial tensions in the United States have run high, Rosa Parks became a quiet, unassuming symbol of the continued struggle for human dignity.

(A) have run high

(B) ran high

(C) had run highly

(D) run high

(E) were running highly



I chose E for this question, but the OA is B. What makes B a better choice? can somebody explain? thanks

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New post 12 Jan 2008, 08:48
tarek99 wrote:
During an era when interracial tensions in the United States have run high, Rosa Parks became a quiet, unassuming symbol of the continued struggle for human dignity.

(A) have run high

(B) ran high

(C) had run highly

(D) run high

(E) were running highly



I chose E for this question, but the OA is B. What makes B a better choice? can somebody explain? thanks


Simple Past. E is passive. If you have MGMAT's SC book I would suggest you look at chapter 3.

A: the era isn't continuing today.
C: past perfect is not needed here
D: is present wrong

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E is passive? i thought you have a passive voice when the construction is: to be verb + PAST participle.
E should be past progressive. is the simple past usually more preferred when refering to the past?

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