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# The minister had expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism,.....

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08 Apr 2019, 14:15
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The minister had expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, instead what greeted him was bouquets, praise, and optimism.

(A) had expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, instead what greeted him was bouquets, praise, and optimism
(B) was expecting brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, and was greeted by bouquets, praise, and optimism
(C) had expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism; instead he was greeted by bouquets, praise, and optimism
(D) expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, however what greeted him was bouquets, praise, and optimism
(E) expecting brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, was instead greeted by bouquets, praise, and optimism

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08 Apr 2019, 17:59
(A) had expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, instead what greeted him was bouquets, praise, and optimism - the 2nd part of the sentence does not have any subject and it is also passive
(B) was expecting brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, and was greeted by bouquets, praise, and optimism - ing form is incorrect
(C) had expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism; instead he was greeted by bouquets, praise, and optimism
(D) expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, however what greeted him was bouquets, praise, and optimism - the sentence has 2 time frame, but with the use of expected, only one time frame can be set. So it is impossible to know what happened first.
(E) expecting brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, was instead greeted by bouquets, praise, and optimism - ing form is incorrect

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08 Apr 2019, 18:05
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The minister had expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, instead what greeted him was bouquets, praise, and optimism.

"Had expected" is correct form for expectations since expectations occur in the past. This rules out B, D, and E. Of course, other errors in B, D, and E are highlighted below for other splits.

(A) had expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, instead what greeted him was bouquets, praise, and optimism
Should be two sentences. Latter half is flipped.

(B) was expecting brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, and was greeted by bouquets, praise, and optimism
This doesn't express the contrast the sentence intends!

(C) had expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism; instead he was greeted by bouquets, praise, and optimism

(D) expected brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, however what greeted him was bouquets, praise, and optimism
(E) expecting brickbats, complaints, and pessimism, was instead greeted by bouquets, praise, and optimism
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14 Apr 2019, 04:55
can anyone explain why had expected is correct? We use had only for two related events. But here only one event is here.
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14 Apr 2019, 06:07
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smita123 wrote:
can anyone explain why had expected is correct? We use had only for two related events. But here only one event is here.

Hi..

There are two events.. expectations and greetings.
Expectations were prior to greetings, so expected requires past perfect HAD.
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