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    what is wrong in this sentence

    What is wrong in the following sentence , and why ?

    After The votes were counted , it had been determined that Steve was the winner

    Many thanks in advance


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    Re: what is wrong in this sentence

    i'm not a teacher, but i believe that it should read:

    After the votes were counted, it was determined that Steve was the winner.

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    Re: what is wrong in this sentence

    Dear Medoos:

    What is wrong with the sentence is a confusion of verb tenses.

    When you say 'had been determined' you are referring to something that happened before something else that is also in the past.
    For example,
    'Before I spoke, the panel members had already made up their minds.'
    Both of these actions have been completed, but one of them (the panel making up their minds) happened before the other (my speaking).
    That is what 'had made up' means.
    So, 'had been determined' has to be the action that comes before the counting of the votes.

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra


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    Re: what is wrong in this sentence

    beccabreh
    Thank u very much,, even u did not provide WHY :)

    pyoung
    Thank u very much for ur explination ..
    so the correct sentence will be :
    After The votes had been counted , it was determined that Steve was the winner

    right ??

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    Re: what is wrong in this sentence

    That's right.


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    Re: what is wrong in this sentence

    bhaisahab

    Thanks a lot :)

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