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    Use of tenses in English?

    Hello,

    Can we also use Past Tense Simple (virtually disappeared) in the sentence below instead of had virtually disappeared (this variant is given by the Answer Key). I perceive the two actions(disappear -arrive) as being simultanous therefore the use of Paste Tense seems correct to me.


    The Maya established a very advanced civilization in the jungles of the Yucatan; however, their culture (disappear, virtually) by the time Europeans first arrived in the New World.


    If possible, can you indicate me a reliable link with exercises where I can practice the grammatical tenses in English?
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    Re: Use of tenses in English?

    I wouldn't use the past tense there, not with by the time.

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    Re: Use of tenses in English?

    Thanks for your answer.
    I ve made some research and understood why. The pattern with 'by the time' is one of the rules concerning the use of Past Tense.
    By the time the rain started, we had dug the whole garden.
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