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New post 03 Oct 2018, 21:59
"The scientist announced that the collider was ready, and it would do wonders"
Why shoulnt the correct sentence be
"The scientist announced that the collider had been ready, and it would do wonders"
as the collider was ready before announcement?

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New post 04 Oct 2018, 14:12
singh8891 wrote:
"The scientist announced that the collider was ready, and it would do wonders"
Why shoulnt the correct sentence be
"The scientist announced that the collider had been ready, and it would do wonders"
as the collider was ready before announcement?

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don't overcomplicate. if you can use this structure and understand the meaning, then GMAT will favor the shortest, most concise option. From reading the sentence, it is clear that the readiness of the collider was before the announcement, therefore, a shorter form of the sentence is preferable.
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New post 07 Oct 2018, 13:00
singh8891 wrote:
"The scientist announced that the collider was ready, and it would do wonders"
Why shoulnt the correct sentence be
"The scientist announced that the collider had been ready, and it would do wonders"
as the collider was ready before announcement?

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In this case, I'd say that 'was ready' is correct, because the scientist was saying that the collider was ready AT THAT TIME. She wasn't talking about the moment in the past where it first became ready; she was just saying that at the same time as her announcement, it was ready.

If she specifically was referring to the time before her announcement where it first became ready, you'd have a sentence like this one instead:

"The scientist announced that the collider had been completed, and that it would do wonders."

Using 'completed' makes it sound like she's talking about the specific moment of completion, which happened in the past. "Ready" just makes it sound like she's talking about the general situation at the time of her announcement.
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