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# Quasars are so distant that their light has taken billions

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Quasars are so distant that their light has taken billions of years to reach the Earth; consequently, we see them as they were during the formation of the universe.
(A) we see them as they were during
(B) we see them as they had been during
(C) we see them as if during
(D) they appear to us as they did in
(E) they appear to us as though in
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13 Sep 2005, 15:25
I will go with A.

B. qrong tense.
C. "as is" is wrong.
D. changes the meaning. implying that they appear same as what they appeared when we saw them during formation of universe (where were we then? )
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13 Sep 2005, 18:59
A it is.

Can someone throw some light on using tenses? Whats the conceptual difference bewteen were and had been?
Any good material to master this tense stuff? Thanks!
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14 Sep 2005, 00:35
Shud be A.
Here, we cannot go for 'had been' because a past participle comes in to picture only with a past tense in the sentense. The sentense doesnot have a past tense but has a present tense. Hence, a simple past will do.

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14 Sep 2005, 00:35
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