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OG 13 Q38

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Post Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:22 pm
Hi

If I say :

I had the best time when I had been with you,

Two events here :

Independent clause :I had the best time
Dependent clause :when I had been with you,


My question here is did it happen all at the same time. or is the event happening at different time.Also in the context please look at the OG 13 q38 :

Bengal - born writer, philosopher, and educator Rabindranath Tagore had the greatest admiration for Mohandas K. Gandhi the person and also as a politician, but Tagore had been skeptical of Gandhi's form of nationalism and his conservative opinions about India's cultural traditions


A. same
B. for Mohandas K.Gandhi as a person and as a politician, but Tagore was also
C. for Mohandas K.Gandhi not only as a person and as a politician, but Tagore was also
D. of Mohandas K.Gandhi as a person and as also a politician, but Tagore was
E. of Mohandas K.Gandhi not only as a person and as a politician, but Tagore had also been

OA : B

How is the answer justified.

Is "Bengal - born writer, philosopher, and educator Rabindranath Tagore had the greatest admiration for Mohandas K. Gandhi" not in past perfect tense since past participle has not been introduced here.


Please explain in detail.

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Post Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:01 pm
Hi Pranay,

I had the best time when I had been with you.

Let’s first correct the tense of the sentence to communicate the intended meaning.

I had the best time when I was with you.

Notice that “had” is the past tense of simple “have”. Has/have/had only act as perfect tense when they are followed by another verb.

I have your book. Simple Present Tense.

I had your book. Simple Past Tense.

I have read your book. Present Perfect Tense.

I had read your book. Past Perfect Tense.

In the sentence mentioned by you, both the actions took place at the time. “I” had the best time when “I” was with “you”. Both the actions took place together. Hence there is no need to write them in two different tenses.

Now let’s analyze the official sentence:

Bengal - born writer, philosopher, and educator Rabindranath Tagore had the greatest admiration for Mohandas K. Gandhi the person and also as a politician, but Tagore had been skeptical of Gandhi's form of nationalism and his conservative opinions about India's cultural traditions


A. same
B. for Mohandas K.Gandhi as a person and as a politician, but Tagore was also
C. for Mohandas K.Gandhi not only as a person and as a politician, but Tagore was also
D. of Mohandas K.Gandhi as a person and as also a politician, but Tagore was
E. of Mohandas K.Gandhi not only as a person and as a politician, but Tagore had also been

Apart from other errors, there is a verb tense error in Choice A. The first verb in the sentence “had” is a simple past tense. Tagore had the greatest admiration for Gandhi for certain reasons. However, he was skeptical of him too for some other reasons. Tagore had these contrasting feelings for Gandhi at the same time. Hence, they must be written in the same tense. We don’t need sequencing here.

Choice B corrects this verb tense error by using simple past tense “was”. Now both the tenses are in the same tense - simple past tense. This choice also corrects the other errors in the original choice.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.
Shraddha

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Post Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:34 pm
Bengal - born writer, philosopher, and educator Rabindranath Tagore had the greatest admiration for Mohandas K.Gandhi as a person and as a politician, but Tagore was also skeptical of Gandhi's form of nationalism and his conservative opinions about India's cultural traditions.

The whole sentence is in simple past.

Eg: I had a blue car -> Simple Past
I had had a blue car -> Past Perfect.

P.S: Please underline the part of the sentence. Using 'same' for option A without underlining doesn't make any sense.

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Post Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:06 pm
No, it is "simple past" and not "past perfect".

I have a pen - Simple Present
I had a pen - Simple Past.

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