ACT English 3.4 Grammar and Usage
ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 3, Problem 4. Which choice uses the correct tenses for this sentence?
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started and ended in the past.
So we're looking for an answer choice that uses "had" in front of one past participle
and not the other, to show that one event occurred before the other one.
(A) isn't correct, because the original sentence goes overboard with the "hads."
Take it easy, (A). The Buddha says that moderation is the key to non-suffering.
Choice (B) puts both parts of the sentence in the past tense.
Since we're looking for one of these to be in the past perfect tense, however, we can
take it out of the running.
While the last choice had too many "hads," this one has none at all.
Well, (C) does have only one "had," but it comes in the wrong place.
In this sentence, eating dinner comes before leaving for the movie theater, so we need
the "had" to be connected with "eaten" rather than "left."
Choice (D) delivers exactly what we were talking about, making it the correct answer.
When we eat before going to the movies, we always save room for popcorn.