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Opened in 1683, the Ashmolean was the first public museum in Great Britain, while earlier the Bodleian has been the first truly public library.

(A) while earlier the Bodleian has been
(B) where the Bodleian earlier is
(C) just as earlier the Bodleian had been
(D) as the earlier Bodleian has been
(E) the Bodleian earlier being

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daagh ; the correct answer here is option C ; but option C has co relative conjunction error shouldnt it be .. just as x.. so y.. so is missing in in the sentence ..
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Opened in 1683, the Ashmolean was the first public museum in Great Britain, while earlier the Bodleian has been the first truly public library.

(A) while earlier the Bodleian has been
(B) where the Bodleian earlier is
(C) just as earlier the Bodleian had been
(D) as the earlier Bodleian has been
(E) the Bodleian earlier being


The right answer here should be C. This question is primarily testing us on tenses, though there is a bit of idiomatic use thrown in.

The non-underlined portion of the sentence talks about an action in the past (uses simple past as well), and the underlined action presumably refers to something that happened before this past event. If you remember your tenses right, this means that the underlined action in the sentence (which is the first action chronologically) should take on the past-perfect tense.

Immediately, this helps us eliminate Options A, B, D as they all use different tenses.

Option E - Option E is problematic in a more fundamental way. The part after the comma now has no relationship to the part before, breaking the meaning of the sentence. OUT

Hence, the right answer must be C. It uses the correct tense, and the use of "just as" links the Bodleian to the Ashmolean logically.

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but option C has co relative conjunction error shouldnt it be .. just as x.. so y.. so is missing in in the sentence


This is a good question by Archit3110. It's true that the common syntax should go "just as x, so y". However, in this case, the 'just as' statement is 2nd. In such a circumstance, the correct construction would simply be "y, just as x" as has been followed in C. Hence, C remains correct.

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a little confusing question ! the first non-underline is not action is just linking verb (am-is -are) but the second part we must use "had" which indicate preceding action ....... it has not any sing of using past participle too. !?
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daagh GMATNinja egmat Souvik

Hi,

Slight confusion.

Doesn't the construction 'has been' or 'had been' convey the meaning of something that was true once and is not true any more.

I mean to say that the library was the first public library and will always be. If I say that it had been the first library then doesn't the sentence construction give a hint that the library once was first and some other library has taken its place.

Will appreciate a response please.

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Opened in 1683, the Ashmolean was the first public museum in Great Britain, while earlier the Bodleian has been the first truly public library.

(A) while earlier the Bodleian has been
(B) where the Bodleian earlier is
(C) just as earlier the Bodleian had been
(D) as the earlier Bodleian has been
(E) the Bodleian earlier being


in choice a
"while" can not show a contrast because meanings are not opposite. "while"can not show simultaneous action because "earlier" exists.
so, "while" is wrong. "has been" can not be earlier than "was".
in choice e.
being take time of "was". but "earlier" require "had been". so, it is wrong
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daagh GMATNinja egmat Souvik

Hi,

Slight confusion.

Doesn't the construction 'has been' or 'had been' convey the meaning of something that was true once and is not true any more.

I mean to say that the library was the first public library and will always be. If I say that it had been the first library then doesn't the sentence construction give a hint that the library once was first and some other library has taken its place.

Will appreciate a response please.

Thanks.

Nope, "has been" and "had been" are two completely different verb tenses:

  • "Has + verb" or "have + verb" is present perfect tense, and indicates an action that starts in the past, and continues into the present. For example, if I say "I have eaten eight burritos so far today", I'm saying that I started eating earlier today, and am still eating now. :tongue_opt2
  • "Had + verb" is the past perfect tense, which indicates an action that starts in the past, and ends before some other action or marker in the past. "I had eaten eight burritos every day until my doctor mistook me for a walrus" -- I first ate eight burritos daily, and then at a later point in the past, my doctor said mean things about my girth. (Silly doctor. :roll:)

I think you're right to be a little bit skeptical of the OA in this question, though. The OA is implying that the Bodlean was the first public library when it was built in the distant past, but is no longer the first public library. I suppose we could argue that the past perfect tense would be OK if the Bodlean no longer exists, but I still don't see a good reason to use "had been" here.

For whatever it's worth: a lot of these old "1000 series" questions are pretty dodgy and aren't necessarily from an official source. So please don't worry too much about this one. Just be careful not to confuse "has been" and "had been." Otherwise, I think you're spot-on.

And if you want more on GMAT verb tenses, you might enjoy this video.

I hope this helps!
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