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puzzle

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There were pain and bewilderment in her face, the bewilderment of a pampered child who ( has/had ) always had her own way for the asking and who now, for the first time, (is/was ) in contact with the unpleasantness of life.

:?: It is not homework. I'm just not sure which one right. Pls.
 

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What about "has/ is"? Pls.

No, has/is wouldn't be correct because of the past tense "were" used at the beginning. I would write "was" instead of "were" by the way.
 

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Hmm. If I think of this type of person as simply an archetype, then it's timeless and has/is works. If you are describing that particular person at that particular time, then I agree with the others.
 

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I would write "was" instead of "were" by the way.
Can you please explain a bit more about that? I thought "were" should be used because the author was not refering to one single thing. Is it a rule that when 2 uncoutable nouns go together, you would treat them as a singular unit? I've been puzzled by this when I saw an English friend of mine write on her FB wall: "Poverty and homelessness wins." Thanks!
 

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You're correct, but Bhai is also right in that the speaker can interpret the description as a single expression of two qualities, and can use the singular to express this perception.
 
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