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# Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential

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Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential fires last year were built without adequate fire detection apparatus.

A. Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential fires last year were
B. Most houses that were destroyed or heavily damaged in residential fires last year had been
C. Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential fires last year had been
D. Most houses that were destroyed or heavily damaged in residential fires last year have been
E. Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential residential fires last year have been

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26 Oct 2018, 23:44
Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential fires last year were built without adequate fire detection apparatus.

A. Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential fires last year were : Meaning Error :Houses can not be destroyed & damaged simultaneously, Tense error: Houses were built before the other incident happened.Use of were is wrong.
B. Most houses that were destroyed or heavily damaged in residential fires last year had been : Correct
C. Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential fires last year had been : Same error as in A.
D. Most houses that were destroyed or heavily damaged in residential fires last year have been
: Tense error : Incident is in past.
E. Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential residential fires last year have been : Error as in A and D
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26 Oct 2018, 23:58
Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential fires last year were[/u] built without adequate fire detection apparatus.

A. Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential fires last year were(and is problematic)
B. Most houses that were destroyed or heavily damaged in residential fires last year had been (correct,use of or and past perfect correct the mistakes)
C. Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential fires last year had been(same as in A)
D. Most houses that were destroyed or heavily damaged in residential fires last year have been(use of have been is not correct)
E. Most houses that were destroyed and heavily damaged in residential residential fires last year have been(use of and,present perfect is erroneous)

Choice B

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28 Oct 2018, 00:45

Official Explanation:

Choice B
Classification: Verb Tenses
Snapshot: This problem is included to highlight the difference between the past perfect tense and the past tense and/or the present perfect tense. The correct answer employs the past perfect tense. This problem also addresses the passive verb construction “had been”/“have been.” The solution to this problem is conceptually similar to that of the preceding problem. The auxiliary “had” must be used in conjunction with the first of two past tense events. In short, only choice B uses the verb tenses correctly to indicate that houses were built or heavily damaged prior to their being destroyed by fire. Choices A, C, and E illogically state that some houses were both destroyed and heavily damaged; “or” is needed to indicate that each of the houses suffered either one fate or the other. In using only the simple past tense (that is, the verb tense “were”), choice A fails to indicate that the houses were built before the fires occurred. Choices D and E erroneously employ the present perfect tense, saying in effect that the houses “have been constructed” after they were destroyed or heavily damaged last year.
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