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TOPIC: past and past perfect

past and past perfect 10 years, 5 months ago #1

  • rockroller
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Anyone seen this passage? where?

Mavis was waiting at the airport to meet Stephan, her e-mail pal. They (a)had written to each other for more than a year now, and (b)had finally agreed to meet face to face. ~~~~~~~ When she saw Stephan approaching, however, she suddenly realized that he (c)was an elementary school student.

multiple choice question. As a somewhat avid and experienced learner of English as a foreign language, I'm fairly sure the most inappropriate tense is (b), which should be plain past tense. But there are those who claim (c) is wrong and should be changed to past perfect tense. So, some doubt arises in this poor non-native speaker of English. Answers very welcome, and if anyone got across the passage somewhere, the info on the source more than welcome!
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