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80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year were manufactured in China, a country that has the largest population in the world.

A. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year were

B. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year had been

C. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year have been

D. Last year 80% of laptops were sold in European Union that have been

E. Last year 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union had been
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Last edited by carcass on 19 Feb 2016, 04:00, edited 1 time in total.
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Experts please advise. Why the laptops had been manufactured and not were manufactured?
don't we use this is made in china kind of connotation?

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Even I chose A because the tense in the dependent clause is independent of the tense in the main clause.
I think that simple past is sufficient .
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"had been" is used means the act of manufacturing was in process, you can get this clue from "80% of laptops" its not all the laptops...it means that china was in process of manufacturing that started before selling the laptops but was still in process and 80% were sold out of 100%.
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Past perfect tense shows the "sequence of events " that occurred in the past , stating -among the various actions in the past which of them occurred first and which action follows next. So, as we know first things are manufactured and then it is sold so, b is perfect answer.

80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year were manufactured in China, here that is a relative clause modifying laptops followed by a verb [sold] (an action of past) end of this clause follows another verb [were manufactured] (an action that also occurred in the past), so as the actions are related we need to emphasize the sequence.

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Crying for experts help.

Simple past should suffice here. Answer should be (A)

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some expert please provide some input !!
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Hi, what is the issue with option 'E'? what is the difference between option 'B' and 'E'.

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80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year were manufactured in China, a country that has the largest population in the world.

A. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year were

B. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year had been

C. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year have been

D. Last year 80% of laptops were sold in European Union that have been

E. Last year 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union had been

Answer is B

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manufactured in China sold in Europe


So earlier of the action requires had verb form
and latter one requires past tense to denote sequencing of events

only B is able to do it with clear meaning

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Why E is wrong?Is that because last year implies that the manufacturing year is alos last year or is there any other reason??

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techiesam wrote:
Why E is wrong?Is that because last year implies that the manufacturing year is alos last year or is there any other reason??


Yes. your understanding is correct. The intended meaning is that the sale was in last year, whereas option E indicates that the manufacturing was in last year.

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80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year were manufactured in China, a country that has the largest population in the world.

A. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year were : manufacturing and selling is not a simultaneous action. one has to manufacture something than only he can sell it, so its a sequential order.

B. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year had been : correct sequence

C. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year have been : not a continuous activity

D. Last year 80% of laptops were sold in European Union that have been : meaning changed (last year manufactured)

E. Last year 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union had been[/quote] : same as option C


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