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We …… the car for 6 months when we discovered it ……..
c)had owned_was stolen
d)owned_had been stolen (Answer Key)
I think this test is not standard too.
can option "c" be correct too?
What's your opinion about this test?
Source: exam sheets
Same here. I'd go even further and say that the key to this particular exercise is actually wrong.
1. This car was owned by a couple. After 6 months of ownership, somebody stole the car.
2. This car was owned by a couple. After having the car for 6 months, the couple learned that it was a stolen car.
In the first case, the ownership preceded the stealing; in the second case the stealing preceded the ownership.
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Thank you Mike.
I hate it when our teachers prepare exam sheets with these senseless tests. Unfortunately it is something common in nonnative English countries. I wish our teachers were native English speaker so that we wouldn't get confused with these
Thanks everybody. (Sorry if I sometimes ask these non standard test. I have to do so in order to know which is standard and which is not)
(talking about a length of time that I'm going to spend somewhere in the immediate future)
The plan is that I'm staying with you for two weeks.
as opposed to:
I have been staying wth you for two weeks (now).
(talking about a past situation with no relevance to a present situation)
I stayed with you for two weeks. Don't you remember?
as opposed to:
I had been staying with you for two weeks when I found out my car had been stolen (action) / was stolen (state).
I get your point MikeNewYork though.