Verbal Ability - Selecting Words - Discussion

Discussion :: Selecting Words - Section 1 (Q.No.17)

Pick out the most effective word(s) from the given words to fill in the blank to make the sentence meaningfully complete.


The telephone ...... several times before I answered it.

[A]. was ringing
[B]. has rung
[C]. had rung
[D]. would ring

Answer: Option C


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Prabha said: (Jul 9, 2010)  
Why "has rung " should not come. Pls help me out.

Sundar said: (Jul 9, 2010)  
"I answered it" --> it is a past tense, and we are making it more perfect.

=> In order to write in 'Past Perfect Tense' we use 'had rung'.

=> Use 'has rung' if you want to make it 'Present Perfect Tense'.

Take a look the below sentences:

1. The telephone HAD rung several times before I answered it.
2. The telephone HAS rung several times before I answered it.

Both are grammaticality correct, but second one it not nice while comparing to first one.

Hi viewers, If I am wrong, please give your advice.

Thanks in advance.

Balu said: (Jul 19, 2010)  
When two things happened in past first happened thing to be in past perfect second happened thing should be in past tense.

Sandy said: (Apr 21, 2011)  
Thats corret Sunder

Subhash said: (Jun 8, 2011)  
It is better to know what is past perfect tense. It means something occured before another action in the past.

Farook said: (Sep 17, 2011)  
Thanks for your suggestions.

Shashank said: (Jan 28, 2012)  
Totally agreed with balu.

Sudhir said: (Sep 6, 2012)  
With plural we use had instead of has so we can use has that's it.

Rajesh said: (Sep 14, 2014)  
When two past sentences are discussing then one should past perfect (had+v3) and another one should be in simple past.

Haravind said: (Sep 15, 2014)  
There is two actions one is newer action and another one is older action. So older action comes with had.

Vikram said: (Oct 10, 2014)  
As there are two actions given. And one of them occurred first, so the first action should come with "had"/ past perfect tense and the second action come up with simple past tense.

Shekhar said: (Nov 16, 2014)  
This conversation started in past and end in past. So we use past perfect here had rung is right.

Prince said: (Jun 2, 2015)  
I think the easy way to understand is, "Past perfect tense is used before the past action".

Jay Kacha said: (Sep 25, 2015)  
Both the actions are completed in the past. So, for any action that is completed in the past before another action in the past use past perfect.

Umesh Jaiswal said: (Oct 9, 2015)  
Here simple concept of Had+3rd.

Before V2 of verb. V2 of verb after had+3rd.

Priya said: (Jun 1, 2016)  
@Sundar you are right.

Sanjana said: (Apr 27, 2020)  
Why it is not in past continuous?

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