Student or Learner
This question is taken from a test paper:
--Was your journey pleasant when you went to London this time?
--No, it ______ for three days when we arrived, so we didn't travel a lot.
A. was raining B. would rain C. had been raining D. rained
The given answer was C. But I thought D was the correct choice, for I thought it was the rain after the speaker arrived, rather than the rain before they arrived, that made them unable to travel a lot .
Am I right? Thank you very much in advance.
Agreed, 'rained' would have been my choice. The nuances of meaning in the sentences resulting from use of C and D may have made it an attractive choice for the test paper...In fact 'had been raining' would really only be viable if the rain had caused extensive flooding which had in turn ruined the holiday.
Not a clear option here, but 'rained' for me.
Hmmm, sounds perfectly logical to me, though. I think after would be required.
Heidita, agreed, but it makes it even stranger that the wording was found in a test paper!