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# The seaside hotel in Torquay inspiring John Cleese

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The seaside hotel in Torquay inspiring John Cleese to create the beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers during the 1970s and was known of late for hosting Fawlty Towers-themed events which attracted a steady stream of fans from across the world, is being demolished to make way for retirement homes.

A. inspiring John Cleese to create
B. that inspired John Cleese to create
C. that was inspirational for John Cleese in creating
D. that has inspired John Cleese to create
E. that had inspired John Cleese to create

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04 Sep 2017, 07:27
I think E is the right answer. The past perfect tense helps in describing the sequence of events in the past.
But, if you see the later part of the sentence ' was known of late .....' Should this be parallel to the previous part of the sentence. If so, then is C right?
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04 Sep 2017, 17:06
broall wrote:
The seaside hotel in Torquay inspiring John Cleese to create the beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers during the 1970s and was known of late for hosting Fawlty Towers-themed events which attracted a steady stream of fans from across the world, is being demolished to make way for retirement homes.

A. inspiring John Cleese to create
B. that inspired John Cleese to create
C. that was inspirational for John Cleese in creating
D. that has inspired John Cleese to create
E. that had inspired John Cleese to create

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I think OA is B. Is that correct?
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05 Sep 2017, 02:54
The seaside hotel in Torquay inspiring John Cleese to create the beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers during the 1970s and was known of late for hosting Fawlty Towers-themed events which attracted a steady stream of fans from across the world, is being demolished to make way for retirement homes.

A. inspiring John Cleese to create - Use of Present Participle "INSPIRING" is incorrect since Hotel was an inspiration at one point in past. Hence Incorrect.
B. that inspired John Cleese to create - CORRECT
C. that was inspirational for John Cleese in creating -
D. that has inspired John Cleese to create - Use of Present Perfect tense is incorrect since Hotel was an inspiration at one point in past. Hence Incorrect.
E. that had inspired John Cleese to create - Use of Past Perfect tense is incorrect since Hotel was an inspiration at one point in past. Hence Incorrect.
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05 Sep 2017, 06:09
broall wrote:
The seaside hotel in Torquay inspiring John Cleese to create the beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers during the 1970s and was known of late for hosting Fawlty Towers-themed events which attracted a steady stream of fans from across the world, is being demolished to make way for retirement homes.

A. inspiring John Cleese to create
B. that inspired John Cleese to create
C. that was inspirational for John Cleese in creating
D. that has inspired John Cleese to create
E. that had inspired John Cleese to create

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Dear Broall,

Could you kindly explain, why option B is incorrect and E is correct.
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05 Sep 2017, 07:47
elegantm wrote:
broall wrote:
The seaside hotel in Torquay inspiring John Cleese to create the beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers during the 1970s and was known of late for hosting Fawlty Towers-themed events which attracted a steady stream of fans from across the world, is being demolished to make way for retirement homes.

A. inspiring John Cleese to create
B. that inspired John Cleese to create
C. that was inspirational for John Cleese in creating
D. that has inspired John Cleese to create
E. that had inspired John Cleese to create

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Dear Broall,

Could you kindly explain, why option B is incorrect and E is correct.

The action "inspiring John Cleese" happened before action "to create the beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers", which happened in the past. Hence, past perfect should be used here.
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05 Sep 2017, 08:48
broall wrote:
The seaside hotel in Torquay inspiring John Cleese to create the beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers during the 1970s and was known of late for hosting Fawlty Towers-themed events which attracted a steady stream of fans from across the world, is being demolished to make way for retirement homes.

A. inspiring John Cleese to create
B. that inspired John Cleese to create
C. that was inspirational for John Cleese in creating
D. that has inspired John Cleese to create
E. that had inspired John Cleese to create

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The sentence has two events in the past so we have to use past perfect tense to show timeline .
We also need infinitive of purpose
So E is correct
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06 Sep 2017, 07:37
broall wrote:
elegantm wrote:
broall wrote:
The seaside hotel in Torquay inspiring John Cleese to create the beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers during the 1970s and was known of late for hosting Fawlty Towers-themed events which attracted a steady stream of fans from across the world, is being demolished to make way for retirement homes.

A. inspiring John Cleese to create
B. that inspired John Cleese to create
C. that was inspirational for John Cleese in creating
D. that has inspired John Cleese to create
E. that had inspired John Cleese to create

Source: Experts Global

Dear Broall,

Could you kindly explain, why option B is incorrect and E is correct.

The action "inspiring John Cleese" happened before action "to create the beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers", which happened in the past. Hence, past perfect should be used here.

Though I am not an expert, below are my two cents-

It is correct to use Past Perfect for two actions that happened in past and sequence of actions is not evident. But Simple Past is preferred for two actions that happened in past and sequence of actions is EVIDENT.

x Antonio had driven to the store and bought some ice-cream - Incorrect since sequence of actions in self evident.
Antonio drove to the store and bought some ice-cream - Correct
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