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# While once they had sought equality by appealing peacefully

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While once they had sought equality by appealing peacefully,the left-wing comrades soon became corrupted with power and now exist as violent activists who have lost sight of their core ideals.

A. While once they had sought equality by appealing peacefully
B. Where once they were seeking equality by appealing peacefully
C. When once they sought equality by means of peaceful appealing
D. While once they had sought equality in appealing peacefully
E. While once they sought equality by appealing peacefully

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02 Jul 2018, 22:46
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aragonn wrote:
While once they had sought equality by appealing peacefully,the left-wing comrades soon became corrupted with power and now exist as violent activists who have lost sight of their core ideals.

A. While once they had sought equality by appealing peacefully
B. Where once they were seeking equality by appealing peacefully
C. When once they sought equality by means of peaceful appealing
D. While once they had sought equality in appealing peacefully
E. While once they sought equality by appealing peacefully

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Could you please explain what's wrong with option E? Is A preferred because of the past perfect construction?

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02 Jul 2018, 22:53
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Diwakar003 wrote:
aragonn wrote:
While once they had sought equality by appealing peacefully,the left-wing comrades soon became corrupted with power and now exist as violent activists who have lost sight of their core ideals.

A. While once they had sought equality by appealing peacefully
B. Where once they were seeking equality by appealing peacefully
C. When once they sought equality by means of peaceful appealing
D. While once they had sought equality in appealing peacefully
E. While once they sought equality by appealing peacefully

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Could you please explain what's wrong with option E? Is A preferred because of the past perfect construction?

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The answer to your question is yes. Since the whole sentence depicts the happenings of the past.
We need to arrange it according to the timeline, so by correctly using past perfect in A & D we can clearly state that once comrades sought equality but soon after that became corrupt.

D uses wrong idiom equality in appealing peacefully so correct ans A.

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Diwakar003 wrote:
aragonn wrote:
While once they had sought equality by appealing peacefully,the left-wing comrades soon became corrupted with power and now exist as violent activists who have lost sight of their core ideals.

A. While once they had sought equality by appealing peacefully
B. Where once they were seeking equality by appealing peacefully
C. When once they sought equality by means of peaceful appealing
D. While once they had sought equality in appealing peacefully
E. While once they sought equality by appealing peacefully

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Could you please explain what's wrong with option E? Is A preferred because of the past perfect construction?

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See the problem with E is that both the action sought equality by appealing peacefully and left wing comardes soon became corrupted didn't occur at the same time first they sought the equality then they became corrupted so for this two action to convey the complete sense we need past perfect tense which is used for the earlier events of the two action happened in the past to show sequencing

Hope its clear now
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23 Jul 2018, 04:50
Need to understand the usage of While once and Where once.
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23 Jul 2018, 06:01
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Need to understand the usage of While once and Where once.

I am not sure what is your doubt here, but what you need to know about is following.

1. While always create a dependent clause.
2. by appealing vs in appealing - which one is better. understanding the meaning will give you the right answer.
3. Correct tense - create time line to solve this part.

Please raise specific doubts , if any.
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23 Jul 2018, 06:27
While once they had sought equality by appealing peacefully,the left-wing comrades soon became corrupted with power and now exist as violent activists who have lost sight of their core ideals.

A. While once they had sought equality by appealing peacefully
B. Where once they were seeking equality by appealing peacefully
C. When once they sought equality by means of peaceful appealing
D. While once they had sought equality in appealing peacefully
E. While once they sought equality by appealing peacefully

Why not option E?
- the left-wing comrades "soon" became corrupted:
Doubt: the word "soon" does not explain that the left-wing comrades became corrupted after "they sought equality by appealing peacefully"?

Kindly explain.

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25 Jul 2018, 15:13
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Issue is time line. left-wing comrades soon became corrupted ---- This one is in past tense. And so underline portion must be in past perfect tense. E is saying that this all happened in same time.
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