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# When Veronica had purchased the Victorian mirror for her

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18 Jul 2009, 09:54
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When Veronica had purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she had some concern that the style of the mirror would not suit that of her other furniture, a concern that dissipated once she hung the mirror.
(A)When Veronica had purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she had
(B)When Veronica purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she had
(C)When Veronica has purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she will have
(D)With the Victorian mirror for her bedroom having been purchased, Veronica has
(E)Veronica had purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom when she came to have

Guys, following is a query posted by one of our fellow members. Many of us face trouble differentiating the simple past and past perfect. It will be great if we could discuss the different methods we use to tackle such questions.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/rule-for-simp ... 81001.html

Really appreciate the help.

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18 Jul 2009, 10:16
B for me. A simple purchased instead of had purchased sounds right.
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18 Jul 2009, 13:49
I vote for B too!

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19 Jul 2009, 08:49
hasham222 wrote:
When Veronica had purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she had some concern that the style of the mirror would not suit that of her other furniture, a concern that dissipated once she hung the mirror.
(A)When Veronica had purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she had
(B)When Veronica purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she had
(C)When Veronica has purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she will have
(D)With the Victorian mirror for her bedroom having been purchased, Veronica has
(E)Veronica had purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom when she came to have //awkward

Guys, following is a query posted by one of our fellow members. Many of us face trouble differentiating the simple past and past perfect. It will be great if we could discuss the different methods we use to tackle such questions.

rule-for-simple-past-and-past-perfect-81001.html

Really appreciate the help.

B ..

No need to use past perfect and past tense here. just simple past tense should be enogh since both actions happend at the same time in the past.
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20 Jul 2009, 10:30
B

Past perfect is recommended especially when the sequence of events is important. Here, it is not of utmost importance to know what happened first, so a simple past across all the phrases should be good.

Btw, 'had' in the second part is not a past perfect verb but is a simple past verb. 'Had" is verb itself.
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20 Jul 2009, 10:47
I wonder if you have read the part of OG 11 SC just before the practice questions. There the rules for verb tense have been given very clearly. You probably will not have any doubt once you read that.

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