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QOTD #9 Ironically, before he shot and killed Abraham Lincoln at Ford’

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Ironically, before he shot and killed Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, John Wilkes Booth had performed in front of the president in the very same venue.

(A) before he shot and killed
(B) before the shooting and killing of
(C) before he had shot and killed
(D) prior to when he shot and killed
(E) prior to the shooting and killing of
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IMO C.

Reason: Parallelism

Ironically, before he had shot and killed.....John Wilkes Booth had performed....
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(A) before he shot and killed - Correct

(B) before the shooting and killing of - Incorrect. Tense error.

(C) before he had shot and killed - Incorrect. Sine we have a time indicator 'before', there is no need to use past perfect.

(D) prior to when he shot and killed - Incorrect. Awkward.

(E) prior to the shooting and killing of - Incorrect. Tense error.

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Ironically, before he shot and killed Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, John Wilkes Booth had performed in front of the president in the very same venue.

(A) before he shot and killed
(B) before the shooting and killing of
(C) before he had shot and killed
(D) prior to when he shot and killed
(E) prior to the shooting and killing of


Agree its A:
- Less wordy than D
- Rest is wrong tense, as before shows that it succeeds the "had performed" - so simple past has to be correct.
- E and B does not tell that John shot the president.

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Ironically, before he shot and killed Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, John Wilkes Booth had performed in front of the president in the very same venue.

(A) before he shot and killed--corrcet
(B) before the shooting and killing of---tense error .need past tense as we have past perfect in non underlined part
(C) before he had shot and killed--tense error
(D) prior to when he shot and killed--A is better ..
(E) prior to the shooting and killing of----tense error

A is the answer...

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Just for the record, here is the official explanation from Veritas.

This Tense/Timeline problem highlights the most important verb tense of all on GMAT, the past perfect ("had shot"). Note that "had performed" is already in the non-underlined portion, situating the performance of John Wilkins Booth further back in time before he shot the president. This means that A correctly conveys the timeline by putting "shot and killed" in the simple past tense - still back in the past but after past perfect. B is incorrect because it doesn't provide a past-tense event, which is required in order for the past-perfect to exist in the later sentence. C is guilty of the same error, as is E. And choice D is redundant - "prior to" doesn't need the word "when" after it, because the idea of time is already inherent in "prior to". So D is incorrect, as well, and choice A is the proper answer. (Sidenote - this isn't really "ironic", but in a nod to Alanis Morrissette we'll let the question stand)

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