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The newspaper reported that some homes that were destroyed and severely damaged in the hurricane last year were built too close to the coastline.

A. some homes that were destroyed and severely damaged in the hurricane last year were
B. some homes that were destroyed or severely damaged in the hurricane last year had been
C. some homes the hurricane destroyed and severely damaged last year have been
D. last year the hurricane destroyed or severely damaged some homes that have been
E. last year some of the homes that were destroyed or severely damaged in the hurricane have been
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The newspaper reported that some homes that were destroyed and severely damaged in the hurricane last year were built too close to the coastline.

A. some homes that were destroyed and severely damaged in the hurricane last year were
B. some homes that were destroyed or severely damaged in the hurricane last year had been
C. some homes the hurricane destroyed and severely damaged last year have been
D. last year the hurricane destroyed or severely damaged some homes that have been
E. last year some of the homes that were destroyed or severely damaged in the hurricane have been

Dear Kritesh,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

To be honest, I am not a big fan of this particular SC practice question. First of all, it bears a suspicious similarity to this official question.

Choices (C), (D), and (E) all employ the present perfect tense "have been built," which sounds surreally out of place here. If the house has been destroyed or severely damaged, then there is nothing particularly meaningful about its construction that still continues. There is something almost eerie and unnerving about using the present perfect tense here.

That leaves (A) & (B). These differ only on the choice of tense in the final verb. Yes, hypertechnically, the building of the houses had to come before their destruction, and in a formulaic way of thinking this would require the past perfect, but because it is so jaw-droppingly self-evident that creation preceded destruction, there is almost something superfluous about using the past perfect tense. I would say either (A) or (B) would be fine on the GMAT, and it is not typical for official question to have two choices that hinged only on some microfine distinction.

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Thanks for your feedback and for the answer explanation. It was very much helpful :)
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