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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

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+1 for B.

(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 --> Correct, rectifies Verb-Tense error

(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

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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


past perfect depicts sequence of events , the past of the past will use past perfect.
in A we cannot have two had purchased and she had
B correctly shows that she was concerned before purchasing the mirror , the placement of had is therefore correct
C incorrect usage of present perfect
D and E are out because of errors highlighted above
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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


Here we have a sequence of events that are related. So probably right answer has past perfect.

A. Use of double "had" is incorrect.
B.Correct. First she had doubts, then she purchased a mirror.
C.Changes the meaning.
D.Akward.
E. Use of "came to have" is akward
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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.

(B) When Veronica purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she had


I don't think the use of past perfect tense is required here, Veronica can have concern that the style of the mirror would not suit that of her other furniture "before" purchasing or "after" purchasing the mirror until she hangs it on the wall.

I believe the use of "Had"in option B is not as past perfect but plain simple past, well "Had" can be a verb in itself.

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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.

(B) When Veronica purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she had


I don't think the use of past perfect tense is required here, Veronica can have concern that the style of the mirror would not suit that of her other furniture "before" purchasing or "after" purchasing the mirror until she hangs it on the wall.

I believe the use of "Had"in option B is not as past perfect but plain simple past, well "Had" can be a verb in itself.

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I think it can be ,
but I also think that we need to make sure that the order is fine
she had a concern -----> she brought ----->concern dessipated
makes more sense than
she brought ----->she got concerned ----->concern dissipated
although on another thought both seem fine !!
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Can you please help us clarify the doubt mentioned
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The correct way to review this issue is to decide when she had (developed - a simple past) the concern. Obviously not before she saw the mirror. The concern developed at the same time as or when she purchased. For two phenomena occurring at the same time, the past perfect is superfluous
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HI Sir,
Wouldn't the 'concern' be after she had bought the mirror?
I think in that case it becomes two events in the past
First once when she bought the mirror.
Second one when she had a concern.
Second had is not the had of the past perfect tense rather had of a verb I think.
Example She Had her food .
Thats why I picked A.
I am not sure though.
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The word 'when' connotes simultaneity and not one after another
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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 - Incorrect

(B) When Veronica purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she had - correct

(C) When Veronica has purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom, she will have
- change of meaning and wrong verb tense,
(D) With the Victorian mirror for her bedroom having been purchased, Veronica has - awkward construction

(E) Veronica had purchased the Victorian mirror for her bedroom when she came to have
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Usage of had in B is not past perfect, it's simple past.
There are two related activities 1. Purchasing missror 2. Having concern.
Since she purchased it earlier so past perfect is ok.
So according to me A is correct.

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Usage of had in B is not past perfect, it's simple past.
There are two related activities 1. Purchasing missror 2. Having concern.
Since she purchased it earlier so past perfect is ok.
So according to me A is correct.

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Shrikant, you are missing out on the keyword "when", in the sentence there is no sequence at all, both the event happened at the same time.

Please read the thread from the beginning to get the details regarding the same.

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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


Again, I zeroed onto the 2 options and selected A.


My concern is what would be the timeline in A and B
my understanding for A is Purchased... concern... hung.. is this correct?
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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


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You can start with the final verbs in the choices: since you know from the nonunderlined portion that the concern dissipated (past tense) once Veronica got home, you know that Veronica's concern has already passed and you can eliminate (C) and (D) because they're not in the past tense. Also, when choosing between she had and she came to have, you should favor the first because it's less wordy, leaving choices (A) and (B). The only remaining decision is whether the sentence should read had purchased or purchased. The second is correct because had purchased would suggest that this purchase occurred before Veronica felt concern (the past perfect had purchased would describe a time prior to the simple past had some concern), a situation that doesn't make sense in the context of the sentence. Veronica must have felt the concern when she purchased the mirror, not before, so choice (B) is right.
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choice a is also correct because it is logic to say that after she purchased, she worry that...

so both choice a and b are correct.
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choice a is also correct because it is logic to say that after she purchased, she worry that...

so both choice a and b are correct.


Already explained .. please refer to experts post

No need to sequence the events
A is wrong because it tries to do so that too incorrectly .
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