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    #1

    That town was no longer

    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)

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    Re: That town was no longer

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    What's wrong with using "it has been" (present perfect here) here? (Answer key: No.4)
    The sentence is about a situation in the past - 'The town was ...'.

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    #3

    Re: That town was no longer

    Hello.

    I answered №4, but I do not understand why №3 is wrong here.
    Could someone explain to me?

    Boris.
    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.

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    #4

    Re: That town was no longer

    #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 20:46. Reason: typo

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    #5

    Re: That town was no longer

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    What's wrong with using "it has been" (present perfect here) here?
    Does "it has been a sleepy little village" mean that it's a sleepy little village both at present and in the past?

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    #6

    Re: That town was no longer

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    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)

    Thanks!
    It could also be: That town was no longer the sleepy little village it once was.

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    #7

    Re: That town was no longer

    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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    Re: That town was no longer

    What's the best way to learn the difference between present perfect and past perfect?

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    Click here for links to earlier answers to this question.

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    #10

    Re: That town was no longer

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    What's the best way to learn the difference between present perfect and past perfect?
    Years of dedicated practice.

    The present perfect has a connection to the present, and the past perfect to the past. However, the connections may not always be obvious.

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