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# SC - tenses

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Could someone please explain me why it has to be past and not past perfect tense?
What is the grammatical rule? I always thought that if sth happens before sth in past it's past perfect? Am I wrong?

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18 Jun 2008, 09:54
I will try to ..but i am not sure....

Actually we use "had been " in the case when there are two actions in the sentence .....

1st action ----------1st action ends -----2nd action -----2nd action ends -------present tense

the above denotes the sequence of action .....

It means that 1 st action started at a certain point of time and ended at a certain point of time in past .

2nd action started after the 1st action ended and ended at some point in past .

And in present , no action is continuing .

but in the present case as we know that the storm destroyed the harbour and after that the harbour was no more a resort destination .

So only one action started and ended at some point in time . Now there is no 2nd action . and in these types of cases we use simple past tense "was" .

Would ike others to contribute and tell me whether the above explanation is correct .

Note: I am myself very weak in eng , and trying to improve it by participating in forums , have my gmat on monday so attempting to reason out questions . so it just an attempt to reason out , this is how i think . but it might be wrong , Please correct it .

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18 Jun 2008, 10:30
The key is "Before" at the start of the sentence conveys time sequence

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29 Jun 2008, 00:02
We don't need a past perfect tense " had been" because we referring to 2 scenarios that are related to the same period of time -"Before the storm "

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Re: SC - tenses   [#permalink] 29 Jun 2008, 00:02
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