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# SC - FEAR of Past Perfect

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SC - FEAR of Past Perfect [#permalink]

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Can someone please help me understand the fundamental of when to use past perfect vs. just simple tense. I got sentence below wrong because i thought there were two actions (indicate and were)...

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Native American burial sites dating back 5,000 years indicate that the residents of Maine at that time were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people.
(A) were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people
(B) had been part of a widespread culture of people who were Algonquian-speaking
(C) were people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking
(D) had been people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking
(E) were a people which had been part of a widespread, Algonquian-speaking culture

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Re: SC - FEAR of Past Perfect [#permalink]

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26 Jul 2005, 19:06
A is correct because there is only one event.

we never use past perfect tense for a single event, for which we use simple past tense. if we are mentioning two events and one event occured earlier than the other one, we use past perfect tense for the first event and simple past tense for the second or the other event. e.g.

i had already left when the post man arrived at my house.

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26 Jul 2005, 19:23

http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/verbs.htm#tense

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26 Jul 2005, 19:23
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