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to bother or to have bothered

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New post 20 Nov 2008, 06:27
Balzac drank more than fifty cups of coffee a day and died of caffeine poisoning; furthermore, caffeine did not seem to bother Samuel Johnson, the great writer and lexicographer, who was reported to have drunk twenty-five cups of tea at one sitting.
(A) furthermore, caffeine did not seem to bother
(B) however, caffeine did not seem to bother
(C) however, caffeine did not seem to have bothered
(D) furthermore, caffeine did not seem to have bothered
(E) in addition, caffeine did not seem to bother

I didnt see the difference between C and B, the right answer is B???

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New post 20 Nov 2008, 12:43
In C the problem is the "present perfect" tense.

note that the rest of the sentence is in the simple past tense , hence there no reason to use a different tense (as per the structure of this sentence)
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New post 20 Nov 2008, 12:56
IMO B
"have bothered" should be used when a particular time period or an action is identified in the sentence, as in the case of "have drunk ... at one sitting "

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