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When the reporter asked about the status of the budget

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Hi I got a doubt in this question about usage of past perfect continuous.

At that time in past Those people were doing some ongoing action of fashioning a compromise. So why cannot we use past perfect continuous there.

at that time they had been fashioning the compromise and would deliver the message by tomorrow. :) .

Waiting for replies concerning my question. +kudos if the reply satisfies me. :) thank you.


My friend, Past perfect should be used when we want to show the sequence of two events that happened in the past. For past perfect continuous, we need to show two events such that one happened earlier and was still continuing when the other started. So, you see? Again we have two events that happened in the past but one started before another.

Your sentence below has a couple of mistakes:

At that time they had been fashioning the compromise and would deliver the message by tomorrow.

1. There is only one event that happened in the past. So, using past perfect or past perfect continuous is incorrect.
2. When we say tomorrow or today, we need to make sure we are saying that in present. As per your sentence, it should not be tomorrow. It MUST be the next day.

So, the correct sentence will be

At that time they were fashioning the compromise and would deliver the message by the next day.

I hope it makes sense. :)
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Nightmare007 wrote:
Hi I got a doubt in this question about usage of past perfect continuous.

At that time in past Those people were doing some ongoing action of fashioning a compromise. So why cannot we use past perfect continuous there.

at that time they had been fashioning the compromise and would deliver the message by tomorrow. :) .

Waiting for replies concerning my question. +kudos if the reply satisfies me. :) thank you.


My friend, Past perfect should be used when we want to show the sequence of two events that happened in the past. For past perfect continuous, we need to show two events such that one happened earlier and was still continuing when the other started. So, you see? Again we have two events that happened in the past but one started before another.

You sentence below has a couple of mistakes:

At that time they had been fashioning the compromise and would deliver the message by tomorrow.

1. There is only one event that happened in the past. So, using past perfect or past perfect continuous is incorrect.
2. When we say tomorrow or today, we need to make sure we are saying that in present. As per your sentence, it should not be tomorrow. It MUST be the next day.

So, the correct sentence will be

At that time they were fashioning the compromise and would deliver the message by the next day.

I hope it makes sense. :)

Hi,

Officially i can give only one Kudos but this invaluable info is worth more than that.

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The first verb, to fashion, was a present-time action for the governor, and because the governor emphasized “at [this] moment”, we know it must be in the progressive. The governor would have said “is fashioning” when we spoke, so in indirect speech, this becomes “was fashioning”. Only (C) has this correct.

The second verb, to deliver, was a future-time action for the governor, and he would have said, “will deliver”. In indirect speech, this becomes “would deliver”. Both (C) & (D) have this correct.

The only possible answer is (C).

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/sequence- ... orrection/
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New post 04 Sep 2018, 18:55
One simple rule to use here may be articulated as

Speaker in past and talks about his past - Use Past Perfect
Speaker in past and talks about his present- Use Simple Past(Option C)
Speaker in past and talks about his future- Use Conditional

will deliver here in sentence is in author's future and hence we use conditional would deliver
Also is fashioning a compromise part is in Speaker's present and hence Simple Past was fashioning a compromise is the best bet and hence the answer is C
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