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    sen'tense' and parallelism

    Which is correct between these 2?

    1] By 1914, ten of the western states had granted women the right to vote, but in the East only one state did.

    2] By 1914, ten of the western states had granted women the right to vote, but only one in the East had.

    Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: sen'tense' and parallelism

    What is your guess? Which is more parallel?


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    Re: sen'tense' and parallelism

    Well, there are 2 things here:tense and parallelism..depends which is given more weightage...

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    Re: sen'tense' and parallelism

    Not really. The parallelism IS in the tense selection.

    But there's a semantic difference.

    In 1914, someone DID something. -- It happened that year.
    By 1914, someone HAD DONE something. -- It happened sometime -- anytime -- before that year.


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    Re: sen'tense' and parallelism

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Not really. The parallelism IS in the tense selection.

    But there's a semantic difference.

    In 1914, someone DID something. -- It happened that year.
    By 1914, someone HAD DONE something. -- It happened sometime -- anytime -- before that year.
    So are you telling me that 2) is correct above?

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    #6

    Re: sen'tense' and parallelism

    I would suggest that the word "by" makes the tense "had" more appropriate, unless that one state granted women the right to vote IN 1914.


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    Re: sen'tense' and parallelism

    So is it that 2) is past perfect (had)hence it makes more sense than 1) which is simple past (did) ?

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    Re: sen'tense' and parallelism

    Quote Originally Posted by vscid View Post
    So is it that 2) is past perfect (had)hence it makes more sense than 1) which is simple past (did) ?
    By 1914:
    - Ten of the western states had granted women the right to vote.
    - One in the East had granted women the right to vote.

    Why would you change tense?

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