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The fighting ended in 1975, when, after years of negotiations, guerilla leaders and white officials had agreed to the new constitution at the British sponsored talks in London.

(A) guerilla leaders and white officials had agreed
(B) guerilla leaders and white officials agreed.
(C) guerilla leaders and white officials reached an agreement
(D) guerilla leaders and white officials were made to agrée
(E) guerilla leaders and white officials had agreed upon

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The fighting ended in 1975, when, after years of negotiations, guerilla leaders and white officials had agreed to the new constitution at the British sponsored talks in London.

(A) guerilla leaders and white officials had agreed
(B) guerilla leaders and white officials agreed
(C) guerilla leaders and white officials reached an agreement
(D) guerilla leaders and white officials were made to agrée
(E) guerilla leaders and white officials had agreed upon


Correct answer: B

(A): Incorrect. The use of "when" indicates a single moment; therefore, the simple past "agreed" should be used instead of the past perfect "had agreed."
(B): Correct.
(C): Incorrect. While (C) uses the simple past correctly, the phrase "reached an agreement" cannot replace "agreed" as it is used in this sentence idiomatically.
(D): Incorrect. (D)'s phrasing "were made to agree" changes the meaning of the sentence by introducing another actor: Who made the parties agree?
(E): Incorrect. As in (A), the use of "when" indicates the simple past, rather than the past perfect "had agreed."
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