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'was' versus 'had been'

When I asked the driver/ to come with me to the temple/ he had been reluctant./ No error. I think instead of 'had been', there should be 'was'. Even the answer key points that the error is in the 'he ...
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Stephen Hawking believes that the earth is unlikely to be the only planet ____ life has developed gradually

(I'm reading a grammar textbook, which contains the question and clams it was written for China's National College Entrance Examination in 2010. I checked, and it was.) Stephen Hawking believes ...
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As I expected / had expected / have expected

It is not such a pretty place as I (expected / had expected / have expected). Which is the correct tense to use here ? I am not able to figure out any difference in the meaning of the three ...
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How does the number of eyes represent the number of persons?

I had an exam today (Egyptian GSEC english exam) and in a passage about library it said: The book slipped from his hands and fell on the floor with loud noise, 20 eyes looked at him and his face ...
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Why wasn't "When I was in Sharm El-Sheikh, I *have sunbathed* a lot" a good answer?

When I was in Sharm El-Sheikh, I .... a lot A) Have sunbathed B) Was sunbathing C) Would sunbathe D) Sunbathed why it can't be "have sunbathed" as verb sunbathe means to make the skin brown or ...
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The new employee was ____ a failure

The new employee was ____ a failure. a. considered b. decided c. established d. believed I think only possible options are considered and believed and I think the answer is considered. Because ...
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Joined In crushing the rebels / joined into crushing the rebels

The commoners joined the king's army at crushing the rebels. Which is the best preposition to replace the bold part in the above sentence? I had four options to choose from which I managed to rule ...
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Some vs Little Water in specific cases [duplicate]

I have always used the phrase "some water" and "a little water" interchangeably. Recently I took an English quiz and the question was : Please give me (a little / some) _____ water to drink. I ...
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Why isn’t “the passengers were perished” correct?

The plane was crashed and the passengers _________ perished (OR) were perished The given answer is perished. According to my understanding, Since and is a conjunction, it connects passive voice with ...
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Past perfect / past indefinite

My books says the following sentence is error free. This is the boy who I think had won the gold medal in the dance competition. But Is it really error free? We use past perfect when there are ...
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Why is "several two hours' meetings" wrong?

Why is "several two hours' meetings" wrong? Any insight will be greatly appreciated. It is from an ECPE practice exam grammar section question. The boss won't be able to see you today as he has ...
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Jane is back in May, by____ the new house should be finished

Jane is back in May, by____ the new house should be finished. A. which B. that C. whom D. when "when" is the answer, and I know its grammar. My question is whether or not "which" works and why. ...
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Why "the" should be used before 'truth'

Please identify and explain error in the following sentence After knowing truth , (1)/they took the right decision (2) / in the matter (3)/No error (4). Also , Is it correct to use 'ing' form of '...
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“get drinks” and “get some drinks” vs. “get the drinks”

I had the following test question: “Could you get _____________ drinks when you go to the shops, please?” A) – B) a C) the My reasoning: A) “zero article” or “some” – possible, but not very ...
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