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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).

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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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Reported Speech is used when reporting or talking about words that were said in the past (as opposed to quoting directly). If the reporting verb is in the Past tense, the reported words should also be in a tense that refers to the Past.

Incorrect: Jane said that she will arrive at noon. (Future)
Correct: Jane said that she would arrive at noon. (Future Past)

Incorrect: The taxi driver asked the man where he wants to go. (Present Simple)
Correct: The taxi driver asked the man where he wanted to go. (Past Simple)

Common GMAT reporting verbs are announced, maintained, claimed, and argued.
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not convinced with the explanation provided by mike. Can you explain it further why past progressive is right here
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not convinced with the explanation provided by mike. Can you explain it further why past progressive is right here



Because the sentence said the "team said" so it would be a past tense
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New post 22 Jan 2020, 23:53
Hi BB,

But I cant find that from the statement that his team quoted that particular statement not him
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New post 23 Jan 2020, 05:54
Dear Friends,

Here is a detailed explanation to this question-

chetan86 wrote:
When the reporter asked about the status of the budget, the governor said that, at that very moment, his team is fashioning a compromise and will deliver it to the senate offices by later that afternoon.

(A) is fashioning a compromise and will deliver
(B) fashions a compromise and will deliver
(C) was fashioning a compromise and would deliver
(D) had been fashioning a compromise and would deliver
(E) has fashioned a compromise and will deliver


Choice A: This answer choice uses the present tense verb "is fashioning" to refer to a past event. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice B: This answer choice uses the simple present tense verb "fashions" to refer to a past event. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect

Choice C: This answer choice correctly utilizes the simple past continuous tense to describe an action that was ongoing in the past. Thus, this answer choice is correct.

Choice D: This answer choice incorrectly uses the past perfect continuous tense; the actions of the team are described as being simultaneous with the other event described in this sentence, the reporter asking a question, meaning there is no need to use this tense because the sentence refers to only one time period. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice E: This answer choice uses the past perfect tense to refer to an action that was ongoing at the reported time of speaking. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Hence, C is the best answer choice.

To understand the concept of "Simple Continuous Tenses on GMAT", you may want to watch the following video (~1 minute):



To understand the concept of "Present Perfect Continuous Tenses on GMAT", you may want to watch the following video (~1 minute):



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