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# Since suffrage had become universal in 1919, the dutch political

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07 Dec 2017, 07:48
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Since suffrage had become universal in 1919, the dutch political system is dominated by three families of political parties to this day.
A) had become universal in 1919, the Dutch political system is
B) became universal in 1919, the Dutch political system has been
C) became universal in 1919, the Dutch political system was
D) had become universal in 1919, the Dutch political system was
E) becoming universal in 1919, the Dutch political system has been

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08 Dec 2017, 14:41
souvonik2k wrote:
Since suffrage had become universal in 1919, the dutch political system is dominated by three families of political parties to this day.
A) had become universal in 1919, the Dutch political system is
B) became universal in 1919, the Dutch political system has been
C) became universal in 1919, the Dutch political system was
D) had become universal in 1919, the Dutch political system was
E) becoming universal in 1919, the Dutch political system has been

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Dear souvonik2k,

I'm happy to respond.

For the first verb, we need just the simple past, "became." Since this action is juxtaposed with a present action, the past perfect is incorrect. We can eliminate (A) & (D). The participle option in (E) is embarrassingly wrong.

The second action is something that started in the past and continues to this day. This situation demands the present perfect tense, "has been dominated."

The only option that gets both of these correct is (B), the OA.

Does this make sense?
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Re: Since suffrage had become universal in 1919, the dutch political  [#permalink]

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08 Dec 2017, 18:04
souvonik2k wrote:
Since suffrage had become universal in 1919, the dutch political system is dominated by three families of political parties to this day.
A) had become universal in 1919, the Dutch political system is
B) became universal in 1919, the Dutch political system has been
C) became universal in 1919, the Dutch political system was
D) had become universal in 1919, the Dutch political system was
E) becoming universal in 1919, the Dutch political system has been

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Since suffrage had become universal in 1919, the Dutch political system is dominated by three families of political parties to this day. - must be present perfect.

we can eliminate A, C & D

In E main verb is missing in the first clause.

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