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The personal income tax did not become permanent in the United States

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New post 05 May 2017, 06:17
Past perfect tense (had+ past participle) is used in following cases:

1) To show sequencing between two RELATED events. It is used for the earlier event.

2) When phrases such as by 1945, etc, are present in the sentence because such phrases are considered as an event.

e.g. By 1945, Joe had purchased a private jet.

3) When words such as before, after are present in a sentence, use of past perfect tense becomes optional. Past perfect can be used or can't because these words show sequencing.......after something........before something......

e.g. Option B here: the federal government had depended on tariffs as its main source of revenue

This option corrects the pronoun error.
This option uses past perfect tense which is fine here and the MEANING is clear.

This version would also be correct: the federal government depended on tariffs as its main source of revenue


NOTE: The most important thing in sentence correction is MEANING. If a choice is grammatically correct but fails to convey the meaning of the original sentence, the choice is incorrect.
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New post 08 Aug 2017, 21:48
This was a trick question I believe. Would like to know the level difficulty level for this one. Anyone?
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New post 09 Aug 2017, 02:45
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PrijitDebnath wrote:
But here, the correct option uses past perfect. So, should we consider this an exception?


Option B does not match with what Manhattan SC guide states, and I cannot see any reason that this should be an exception. Probably the question writer could explain the usage, unless it is an oversight.



Exactly!! This is the reason I was not sure which one to go with!

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