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# While at the beach, the weather was chilly, but when they

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22 Jan 2009, 02:23
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While at the beach, the weather was chilly, but when they got home, the temperature rose markedly.
(A) While at the beach, the weather was
(B) While they were at the beach, the weather was
(C) While at the beach, they had been
(D) While being at the beach, the weather was
(E) While at the beach, the weather had been

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22 Jan 2009, 02:56
scthakur wrote:
While at the beach, the weather was chilly, but when they got home, the temperature rose markedly.
(A) While at the beach, the weather was
(B) While they were at the beach, the weather was
(C) While at the beach, they had been
(D) While being at the beach, the weather was
(E) While at the beach, the weather had been

B for parallelism. Also, "but" connects two independent clauses - hence "were" is necessary.
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22 Jan 2009, 03:05
botirvoy wrote:
B for parallelism. Also, "but" connects two independent clauses - hence "were" is necessary.

But, why is past perfect tense not required in the previous clause?
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22 Jan 2009, 03:27
scthakur wrote:
botirvoy wrote:
B for parallelism. Also, "but" connects two independent clauses - hence "were" is necessary.

But, why is past perfect tense not required in the previous clause?

I believe, we use past perfect when we want to make a clear distinction of when something happened. To put it another way, we resort to past perfect when using simple past creates ambiguities - in this sentence, sequence of events are clear and therefore there is no need to use past perfect.
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22 Jan 2009, 14:59
I agree with this. GMAT likes it simple. If the simple past can suffice, then use it.

botirvoy wrote:
scthakur wrote:
botirvoy wrote:
B for parallelism. Also, "but" connects two independent clauses - hence "were" is necessary.

But, why is past perfect tense not required in the previous clause?

I believe, we use past perfect when we want to make a clear distinction of when something happened. To put it another way, we resort to past perfect when using simple past creates ambiguities - in this sentence, sequence of events are clear and therefore there is no need to use past perfect.
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22 Jan 2009, 19:12
B for me too.
Without 'they' the first clause seems awkward to me.
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22 Jan 2009, 19:23
vscid wrote:
B for me too.
Without 'they' the first clause seems awkward to me.

Make it clear = and you'll be good!
I went with B too.
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22 Jan 2009, 20:38
scthakur wrote:
While at the beach, the weather was chilly, but when they got home, the temperature rose markedly.
(A) While at the beach, the weather was
(B) While they were at the beach, the weather was
(C) While at the beach, they had been
(D) While being at the beach, the weather was
(E) While at the beach, the weather had been

A,D,E have modifier issues.

C -- distorts the original meaning.

B looks good.
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22 Jan 2009, 23:08
OA is B.

Good explanation by x2suresh. I completely got engrossed into past perfect, overlooked modifier issue and selected E.
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23 Jan 2009, 00:20
B
This clearly conveys the meaning tht the weather was chilly when they were at the beach. all other choices distort the meaning

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