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1. George applied for the position three times ______ he finally got it.
A. before B. until C. when D. after
A is supposed to be the best choice, but I think none of them works well.
My opinion is if A is used in the above sentence, I would like to replace "applied" with "had applied", like this---George had applied for the position three times before he finally got it.
Is A or am I correct? Why?
Thanks to everybody.
'Before' as a time marker has already established the sequence, so both the simple past and the past perfect are correct.
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