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The manager of regional sales spoke with distributors about the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced.


A. spoke with the distributors about the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced

B. spoke to the distributors about the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced

C. had spoken with the distributors about the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced

D. spoke with the distributors regarding the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced

E. spoke to the distributors with regards to the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced


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Originally posted by gmattokyo on 31 Oct 2009, 23:19.
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Hi again,

So a note on tenses....

To figure out the tense you need, you must look for the time modifier for the given verb, i.e., a description of when that action takes place. Any time modifier that indicates a specific point in time in the past indicates the past simple.

Thus words like in, on, at, ago, last, and when, since they point to specific points, indicate the past simple.

Ex. I studied dance when I was 5.

The past perfect is used not just to indicate that one action happened before another, but to indicate that one action happened in the deep past relative to a point in time in the past.

Ex. I had studied dance for many years before deciding to become a basketball player.
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B. "spoke to" is better than "spoke with".
Both acts should be in past tense as both happened at the same time.
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Just a doubt, I thought 'spoke with' and 'talk to' are correct idioms .

Is is not always the case ?
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Just a doubt, I thought 'spoke with' and 'talk to' are correct idioms .

Is is not always the case ?



'Spoke with' means have a conversation. 'Spoke to' means the other party is just listening (no two way conversation) and it is also used in american english to mean an unfriendly conversation. Both are correct idioms.

But since the context here is unfriendly conversation (heated discussion), 'spoke to' is more appropriate.
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Another point:
1. ...spoke to the distributors about the late shipment... - Correct style
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Ya you are right. even if you go by MG MAT SC it says that if the order of events are clear without use of Past perfect (like by when, after, later etc) then its OK to use simple past and skip away with PP. However one cannot elliminate an option based on only this. A sentence with PP and also with 'after' can be a right option if no other option is shorter and more concise and ya grammatically correct.
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New post 27 Jun 2010, 02:58
I have 1 concern with this question .. please clarify ..

Here a discussion takes place, so shouldn't it be 'spoke with' and not 'spoke to' ?
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New post 27 Jun 2010, 05:03
Only the idiom "spoke to", but, because this SC problem tests almost no grammar and only idioms, it's atypical of the GMAT SC.
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New post 01 Sep 2011, 21:12
IMO: Speak to or speak with do not indicate friendliness or unfriendliness. Speak to can be unilateral, in which case, the audience may not be taking part. It may just be a sermon. On the other hand, Speak with certainly involves speaking by the opposite side. Then only it becomes a conversation. In this context, the text indicates it is also a heated discussion with distributors and hence it may mean lot of speaking with lots of people. So speak with is more appropriate contextually.
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