ACT English 3.2 Grammar and Usage
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ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 3, Problem 2. Which tense of "sell" fits best in this sentence?
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Let's hope he still remembers us after all these years.
We can cross out choice (A) right from the get-go.
"Raised" is in the past tense, and "sells" is in the present tense, so there's no way
these guys are parallel.
We guess raised is just a little too retro to chill with his present tense friend.
In choice (B), the helping verb, "has" signals that we're in the present perfect tense.
This, of course, doesn't match with the past tense of "raised," so (B) can be nixed.
(D) gets a little closer, because it does refer to the selling having occurred in the
Unfortunately, the helping verb, "had," takes it out of the running, since it places it
in past perfect tense, rather than the past.
Too bad, (D). Maybe, you should've cut that helping verb out of your life a long time ago.
(C) is the correct answer because "sold" is in the past tense like "raised."
Although selling comes after raising, this sentence requires parallel verb construction
since both actions are part of a single process.
If John raised vegetables in the past tense, then he sold them later in the past tense as well.
It must've been sad for John to sell those vegetables, after he'd seen them grow up from