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

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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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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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New post 29 Nov 2017, 20:31
A. INCORRECT- The subject (Federal govt) is singular
B. CORRECT- had can be used as and.but markers are not there
C. INCORRECT- Wordy and awkward
D. INCORRECT- source dependent on tariffs. (NONSENSE)
E. INCORRECT- Their plural, government singular
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This was a trick question I believe. Would like to know the level difficulty level for this one. Anyone?


It is categorized as easy on gmat page.
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can someone please explain why option D is incorrect. Im still under the confusion what meaning in the sentence is illogical. So is the below mentioned statement incorrect??
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I chose answer choice D however it now makes sense why it distorts the meaning of the sentence.

Can anyone verify that when you have a time marker such as 'before' you don't have to have the sentence in perfect tense. I'm pretty sure it can go either way.


use of time markers such as AFTER AND BEFORE makes the use of past perfect optional because the sequence of event is clearly stated by the time markers

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tariffs were what the federal government was dependent on to be its main source of revenue
- Incorrect verb form
- "were what" (not sure about this but this seems overly complex specially when a better option is present; Can someone explain if this is grammatically correct?)


Can anyone explain this answer choose and why it is wrong ?
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The personal income tax did not become permanent in the United States until the First World War; before that time the federal government was dependent on tariffs to be their main source of revenue.

A. the federal government was dependent on tariffs to be their main source of revenue

B. the federal government had depended on tariffs as its main source of revenue

C. tariffs were what the federal government was dependent on to be its main source of revenue

D. the main source of revenue for the federal government was dependent on tariffs

E. for their main source of revenue, tariffs were depended on by the federal
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(B). But also there is a doubt in B as it used "had been" with before. Discussion open.
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Pronoun Error

Use of plural pronoun their is incorrect to refer to the singular noun entity the federal government.

P. S.: Use of simple past tense verb was is correct as the phrase before that time already establishes the intended sequence of events. Hence, use of past perfect tense is optional here.
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It is futile to worry about whether the use of the past perfect in the given case is correct or not. It is 100% correct. That we use a past perfect or a simple past when a time reference such as 'before' or 'after' is already mentioned is a matter of option.

However, the most critical consideration in the context is to ask whether there is another choice (without other glaring errors) using the simple past. We do not have one in this case and therefore why waste time on the non-extant issue. We can rest assured that on the GMAT, we will never have both such choices in the same question.

B is the inevitable choice.
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What if both options are given?

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Yes. According to Manhattan SC guidelines, option B would be wrong.
Usage of before clearly states that action happened before the action states in past tense.
So what should one do in this case?



as per egmat, when before, after is used in a sentence- its optional to use past perfect. You can use either simple past or past perfect.
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