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SC : Past Perfect Tense Help

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Need help with past perfect tense. Please look at the sentence below (no errors in the sentence.)

The most prominent result of Professor Westonâ€™s archeological research has been the discovery that pharaohs who ruled in the last days of Egypt were buried with fewer artifactsâ€™ than were their earlier counterparts.

As per MGMAT SC guide, if there is more than one past action in a sentence use past perfect tense for any earlier past action. Since the pharaohs ruled before they were buried, shouldn't it be â€œhad ruledâ€
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22 Jul 2006, 10:44
This is not a sentence for past perfect. Past perfect is used when both the actions were in past and one action is earlier than the the other, then you should use past perefct with the earlier action. BOTH ACTIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED IN PAST.

The most prominent result of Professor Westonâ€™s archeological research has been the discovery that pharaohs who ruled in the last days of Egypt were buried with fewer artifactsâ€™ than were their earlier counterparts.

The red part is a action started in past but it still true. NOT A PAST ACTION
The blue past is a fact of past. : PAST ACTION
The bold part is just a clause describing the pharos and is not an action.
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23 Jul 2006, 04:45
ps_dahiya wrote:
This is not a sentence for past perfect. Past perfect is used when both the actions were in past and one action is earlier than the the other, then you should use past perefct with the earlier action. BOTH ACTIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED IN PAST.

The most prominent result of Professor Westonâ€™s archeological research has been the discovery that pharaohs who ruled in the last days of Egypt were buried with fewer artifactsâ€™ than were their earlier counterparts.

The red part is a action started in past but it still true. NOT A PAST ACTION
The blue past is a fact of past. : PAST ACTION
The bold part is just a clause describing the pharos and is not an action.

Exactly. "Who" is this sentence introduces a descriptive clause relating to the pharoahs rather than distingishing a separate action.
23 Jul 2006, 04:45
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