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    Multiple choice option [We...the car for 6 months when.....]

    We …… the car for 6 months when we discovered it ……..

    a)owned_stolen
    b)had owned_stealing
    c)had owned_was stolen
    d)owned_had been stolen (Answer Key)

    Hello again,

    I think this test is not standard too.
    can option "c" be correct too?
    What's your opinion about this test?

    Source: exam sheets
    Thank you.

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    Re: Multiple choice option [We...the car for 6 months when.....]

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    We …… the car for 6 months when we discovered it ……..

    a)owned_stolen
    b)had owned_stealing
    c)had owned_was stolen
    d)owned_had been stolen (Answer Key)

    Hello again,

    I think this test is not standard too.
    can option "c" be correct too?
    What's your opinion about this test?

    Source: exam sheets
    Thank you.
    I would use "had owned - had been".

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    Re: Multiple choice option [We...the car for 6 months when.....]

    Same here. I'd go even further and say that the key to this particular exercise is actually wrong.

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    Re: Multiple choice option [We...the car for 6 months when.....]

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Same here. I'd go even further and say that the key to this particular exercise is actually wrong.
    I think this is a terrible question. The main problem is that there are two possible scenarios:

    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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    Re: Multiple choice option [We...the car for 6 months when.....]

    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
    bad tests.
    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)
    Regards

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    Re: Multiple choice option [We...the car for 6 months when.....]

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I think this is a terrible question. The main problem is that there are two possible scenarios:

    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.
    What I don't like about the answer key that is supposed to be correct is that it tells us about a period of ownership through the use of the preposition for. To me, such use calls for a perfect tense (the same goes for since in the similar sense of duration). The only contexts I can think of that disallow the use of a perfect tense when for is applied are these:

    (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.

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