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That town was no longer the sleepy little village .......... .
1. it has been being
2. it has been
3. it was
4. it had been
What's wrong with using "it has been" (present perfect here) here? (Answer key: No.4)
I answered №4, but I do not understand why №3 is wrong here.
Could someone explain to me?
Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.
Not a teacher nor a native speaker.
#3 would give you "That town was no longer the sleepy little village it was." That makes no sense, though it would be possible if you added 'before'. Even then, the past perfect is more natural, in my opinion.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Dec-2013 at 19:46. Reason: typo
The town is no longer the sleepy little village it [once] was.
The town was no longer the sleepy little village it had [once] been.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
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