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# had seen or saw ?

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22 Nov 2017, 01:29
In the question

When I met Liza yesterday, it was the first time I _____ her since Christmas.
a. saw
c. have seen
d. have been seen

I am confused between option A and B. I believe that since the second part of the sentence describes a simple action, I should use saw . Please help me with this.
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22 Nov 2017, 01:31
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22 Nov 2017, 03:06
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You are using the term 'when'; that means your time of meeting Liza and your thinking that it was the first time are both simultaneous. Therefore, why will you use a past perfect for one event alone? 'Had seen' is wrong.
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16 Jan 2018, 04:20
When I met Liza yesterday, it was the first time I _____ her since Christmas.

a. saw
c. have seen
d. have been seen

which is the correct answer C or D? i am confused between my two answer.
please explain it for me. thank you
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16 Jan 2018, 05:41
have been seen is the correct answer?

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16 Jan 2018, 06:56
Post 22 Nov 2017, 00:29
In the question

When I met Liza yesterday, it was the first time I _____ her since Christmas.
a. saw
c. have seen
d. have been seen

I am confused to my answer. i need a clear explaination in each option then till me the correct answer and why. explain it thank you
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16 Jan 2018, 07:07
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anah wrote:
When I met Liza yesterday, it was the first time I _____ her since Christmas.

a. saw
c. have seen
d. have been seen

which is the correct answer C or D? i am confused between my two answer.
please explain it for me. thank you

here A is correct..
When I met Liza yesterday, it was the first time I saw her since Christmas.
there is clarity in the sequence of action.. yesterday and since Christmas..

now when can other be correct:-

it was the first time I had seen her since Christmas.
it is the first time I have seen her since Christmas.
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16 Jan 2018, 07:34
thank you very much sir, i really don't understand why. in my book reviewer the answer is D. have been seen. but there is no explaination why.

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16 Jan 2018, 08:02
anah wrote:
thank you very much sir, i really don't understand why. in my book reviewer the answer is D. have been seen. but there is no explaination why.

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Under NO circumstances can D be correct..
HAVE BEEN is present continuous and talks of something continuing in very basic term..

I have been walking from last 2 hours ..

They have been seen walking together.
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16 Jan 2018, 09:17
thank you sir. so it means the correct answer is A not D
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16 Jan 2018, 09:25
if the Answer is A. can you give me a clear explaination.
and give me the reason why the other option is wrong. and i will share it to my friends thank you.
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Updated on: 16 Jan 2018, 23:31
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Sometimes the sequence of actions is clear for example
I parked the car and went to grocery store.
Obviously one first park and then went to store. I cant say i went to store and parked the car
Similarly, here it is clear that you met liza yesterday and then you realized that it was your first time you saw her since Christmas. So *saw* is right here

when to use *had*? the past perfect is used when there are two events and you have to show that one action happened first than the other.
The company had suffered consecutive quarterly losses until it hired me. ( )
yeah the act of suffering was before the company hired me.

I have been playing this game since morning. (the action in this sentence is continuous since morning; it started in morning and i am still playing)

anah wrote:
if the Answer is A. can you give me a clear explaination.
and give me the reason why the other option is wrong. and i will share it to my friends thank you.

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Originally posted by sananoor on 16 Jan 2018, 23:04.
Last edited by sananoor on 16 Jan 2018, 23:31, edited 1 time in total.
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16 Jan 2018, 23:13
thank you maam for your very clear explanation

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