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I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck;

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I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns.

A. I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns
B. I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stab, I have been terribly afraid of clowns
C. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns
D. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stab, I am terribly afraid of clowns
E. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; since the stabbing, I have been terribly afraid of clowns



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I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns.

A. I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns
B. I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stab, I have been terribly afraid of clowns
C. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns
D. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stab, I am terribly afraid of clowns
E. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; since the stabbing, I have been terribly afraid of clowns



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2 Actions are taking in the past -

1. Being at the Circus
2. Assailants struck

So, Past perfect continuous works good here , showing something started in the past and continued up until another time in the past.
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Further in the present scenario -

1. Act of stabbing in the past
2. State of frighten for that action...
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So, Present perfect Continuous works perfect here showing something started in the past and has continued up until now...

So, Answer (E) is correct..

If you are having trouble with Verb Tenses go through this Website -

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbtenseintro.html

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I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns.

A. I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns
B. I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stab, I have been terribly afraid of clowns
C. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns
D. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stab, I am terribly afraid of clowns
E. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; since the stabbing, I have been terribly afraid of clowns



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Hi Celestial09

Ever since is a redundancy, Since is sufficient to state that since event A, B is happening.

That leaves us with only C and E

Along with since, we need a present perfect... since this is a process still in continuation ...

Since.... have been

That leaves us with only E

Other than that, a ';' separates two independent clauses. So look at each event separately

1st clause :

Two events ...

a) I was at the circus
b) the assailant struck

so we need past perfect for event a
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I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns.

A. I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns
B. I was at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stab, I have been terribly afraid of clowns
C. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; since the stabbing, I am terribly afraid of clowns
D. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; ever since the stab, I am terribly afraid of clowns
E. I had been at the circus for only half an hour when the assailant struck; since the stabbing, I have been terribly afraid of clowns



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From what I understand there are 2 actions:
1. I was at the circus
2. the assailant struck
These 2 are simultaneous actions and do not have sequencing involved hence Past perfect related choices can be ignored. Remaining options: A & B. A is a better option due to the use of simple present to depict a fact( I am terribly afraid of clowns)

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I think answer should be B as past perfect is not needed(E) as sequencing is already clear.
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The sequencing is not clear in A and B; After all, there is no timeline marker such as before or prior. For all that I could have been there for half an hour either before or after the event. Therefore, it is vital to use the past perfect as done in C, D, and E.
Among C, D, and E, the use of the present perfect makes the structure in sync
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