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The verb "had" on its own is a past-tense synonym for "possessed" (e.g. "Leslie had salmon for dinner last night" or "I had a great time at the party"). It's when "had" is attached to another verb that it indicates the past perfect (like you're example "I had just put the clothes" --> here "had" attaches to "put").

So recognize that "had" can stand alone as a past-tense verb. If you suspect that past-perfect is in play, make sure you identify the other verb that's attached to it.
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The first personal computers had severe hardware and software limitations similar to that of a modern wristwatch and so were unable to perform the complex operations necessary for today's processor-intensive applications.

Split 1 - Incorrect pronoun "that" is used instead of "those"
A) The first personal computers had severe hardware and software limitations similar to that of a modern wristwatch
E) The severe hardware and software limitations of the first personal computers were similar to that of a modern wristwatch

The antecedent of "that" is "software limitations, a plural subject, so we require "those".

Split 2 - Nonsensical meaning
C) The severe hardware and software limitations of the first personal computers were similar to those of a modern wristwatch and so were unable to perform the complex operations necessary for today's processor-intensive applications.
D) The first personal computers' severe hardware and software limitations were similar to those of a modern wristwatch and so were unable to perform the complex operations necessary for today's processor-intensive applications.

(C) and (D) literally state that the "limitations", which is the subject of each sentence, "were unable to perform the complex operations". This is nonsensical. The personal computers were unable to perform the operations because of the limitations.


This leave's (B)
B) The first personal computers had severe hardware and software limitations similar to a modern wristwatch's
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The first personal computers had severe hardware and software limitations similar to that of a modern wristwatch and so were unable to perform the complex operations necessary for today's processor-intensive applications.


(A) The first personal computers had severe hardware and software limitations similar to that of a modern wristwatch

(B) The first personal computers had severe hardware and software limitations similar to a modern wristwatch's

(C) The severe hardware and software limitations of the first personal computers were similar to those of a modern wristwatch

(D) The first personal computers' severe hardware and software limitations were similar to those of a modern wristwatch

(E) The severe hardware and software limitations of the first personal computers were similar to that of a modern wristwatch



This question is not OG material. I find B, which is the closest to correct, very inadequate; the comparison is incomplete. I will stick with OG problems going forward.
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nelz007 wrote:
The first personal computers had severe hardware and software limitations similar to that of a modern wristwatch and so were unable to perform the complex operations necessary for today's processor-intensive applications.


(A) The first personal computers had severe hardware and software limitations similar to that of a modern wristwatch

(B) The first personal computers had severe hardware and software limitations similar to a modern wristwatch's

(C) The severe hardware and software limitations of the first personal computers were similar to those of a modern wristwatch

(D) The first personal computers' severe hardware and software limitations were similar to those of a modern wristwatch

(E) The severe hardware and software limitations of the first personal computers were similar to that of a modern wristwatch



This question is not OG material. I find B, which is the closest to correct, very inadequate; the comparison is incomplete. I will stick with OG problems going forward.


The comparison isn't incomplete.

It's clearing referring to the limitations of a wristwatch. The possessive is used to do this in written english.
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