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# Ever since it was built three centuries ago, the Taj Mahal

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01 May 2013, 03:20
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Ever since it was built three centuries ago, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, was described as the most beautiful building in the world.
a) was described as the most beautiful building
b) had been described like the prettiest building
c) has the description of being a building richest in beauty
d) has been described as the most beautiful building
e) has been described as the beautifulest building

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01 May 2013, 06:24
lucbesson wrote:
Ever since it was built three centuries ago, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, was described as the most beautiful building in the world.
a) was described as the most beautiful building
b) had been described like the prettiest building
c) has the description of being a building richest in beauty
d) has been described as the most beautiful building
e) has been described as the beautifulest building

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Straight for d:

A and C are gone because "Since" requires perfect tense.
B is gone because Past Perfect is used without context, thus wrong.
E is gone because of the "beautifulest".
D is right.
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01 May 2013, 07:58
HumptyDumpty wrote:
lucbesson wrote:
Ever since it was built three centuries ago, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, was described as the most beautiful building in the world.
a) was described as the most beautiful building
b) had been described like the prettiest building
c) has the description of being a building richest in beauty
d) has been described as the most beautiful building
e) has been described as the beautifulest building

Source: GMAT Club Ultimate Grammar

Straight for d:

A and C are gone because "Since" requires perfect tense.
B is gone because Past Perfect is used without context, thus wrong.
E is gone because of the "beautifulest".
D is right.

apart from the fact that words like - since - requires present perfect tense, the fact remains that "what is the intended meaning of the sentence"
Did we stop describing Taj Mahal as beautiful, no...we still continue doing it since xyz time....from an indefinite past time frame
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