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Neither of my aunts, both of whom visited Venice last spring

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The answer is (d), but I am confused why 'have visited', in (e) is wrong. If we use 'have visited' the sentence means - my aunts went to Venice last spring. They are still in Venice and neither of them wants to come back. What is wrong in this interpretation?
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In this question, both aunts are still visiting then it should be present perfect (have visited ).
Answer should be E
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Akshay2402 wrote:
In this question, both aunts are still visiting then it should be present perfect (have visited ).
Answer should be E

The OA is correct E has modifier issue. have visited is not correct.
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Neither of my aunts, both of whom visited Venice last spring, want to return.
The underlined part in the sentence comes between two comma. This means that the information provided is not actually necessary or we can say that it is a non essential modifier. So it can be removed.
Not coming to"have visited" is a complete sentence so that it should be joined to the other sentence using suitable conjunction eg and, or, but, etc. What we want here should be a modifier not a complete sentence with proper verb. So that is why D is correct.
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Akshay2402 wrote:
In this question, both aunts are still visiting then it should be present perfect (have visited ).
Answer should be E


Also they visited last spring so simple past is correct.
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The answer is (d), but I am confused why 'have visited', in (e) is wrong. If we use 'have visited' the sentence means - my aunts went to Venice last spring. They are still in Venice and neither of them wants to come back. What is wrong in this interpretation?

Hi,

Present perfect is used for action completed just now or actions whose effects are still being felt. So here simple past is correct. The aunts visited Venice last spring. Spring is not the season prevailing otherwise last would not be mentioned. Whether they returned form Venice is immaterial as we are taking about just their visit.
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