ACT English 2.3 Grammar and Usage
ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 2, Problem 3. Which choice best replaces the underlined portion?
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to do a little multitasking.
We hope this goes better than the time we tried to fry an egg and talk on the phone
at the same time.
Luckily, the helping verb "had" is around to give us a helping hand, so it shouldn't
be too much of a chore.
Since we have a helping verb, we know that we need the past participle 'begun" to go
along with it.
Therefore we can cross out both (A) and (B), which use the present tense "began."
Sorry, fellas, but you're just too independent to appreciate Had's overly helpful ways.
Both (C) and (D) use the past participle "begun," so we're going to have to look at the second
half of the sentence to eliminate one of them.
Looks like (D) is the one to go because "had begun to sing" signals that the other verb
in the sentence is in the past tense, not the past perfect tense.
That leaves us with choice (C), which correctly uses the past perfect and then the past tense
to let us know just how hurriedly this guy got silenced when he tried to sing.
Sounds like our weekly office karaoke party.