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# Had been usage in Kaplan

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Question: Having forfeited her severance package in order to keep the rights to her intellectual property, it was believed by the employee that she had won a moral victory.

Incorrect: Having forfeited her severance package in order to keep the rights to her intellectual property, the employee believed that the moral victory was won.

Option above was described as grammatically incorrect because was is the wrong tense. Instead, it should be had been. Can somebody please explain why had been is correct and was is not?

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23 Sep 2009, 15:20
Off the top of my head, the incorrect answer is passive voice: victory was won [[by her]]. While technically correct grammar, the passive voice is rarely stylistically correct.
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