ACT English 2.1 Grammar and Usage
ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 2, Problem 1. Which answer uses the correct tense?
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...and/or a hot tub...
...to do so.
First, let's take a look at choice (A), which claims that the original sentence is the picture
Uh, no. As is, the sentence uses the past perfect tense with "had begun."
The past perfect tense can only be used to compare two events in the past, and this part
of the sentence is talking about only one event.
If it said, for example, "The Mexican War had begun by the time construction of the
first Taco Bell on Mexican soil was complete," then it would be correct...
...if not historically accurate.
(B) is easy to eliminate because the past participle of a verb like "begun" always requires
a helping verb like "had."
What can we say? Some people, and verbs, are just needy.
Choice (D) is incorrect as well, because "begin" is present tense.
If the dates the sentence throws around aren't enough, the verb "ended" signals that both
events began and ended in the past.
This leaves us with (C), which correctly uses the past tense verb, "began," to let us know
just when the Mexican War got going.
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