Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.17)

Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error in it. The error, if any will be in one part of the sentence. The letter of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is 'D'. (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any).


(solve as per the direction given above)

[A]. They have been
[B]. very close friends
[C]. until they quarrelled.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option A


'They had been'

Ashok said: (Jan 13, 2011)  
What is the wrong in " have been"? plz explain to me.

Jyothi said: (Jan 30, 2011)  
Wa have to use 'had been' because they are no more friends now. Its past.

Lakshmi said: (Mar 5, 2011)  
@jyothi:smart answer

Anita said: (May 6, 2011)  
In a sentence we cannot use peresent perfect (have been) with past tense (quarreled). In this sentence quarreled shows past and with past we always use past perfect. Its a grammer rule.

Ajay said: (Aug 11, 2011)  
Had been might be right "have been" conveys that they are still friends but not as close as they must be.

Sweety said: (Aug 12, 2011)  
Can anyone tell ntext we use "have been " and in which context we use "had been" ?

Sarthak said: (Sep 20, 2011)  
We can use "have been" when we replace quarreled by quarrel. So the answer" c " might be correct. Now the sentence is in present.

Aishu said: (Sep 24, 2011)  

Then with present we have to use present perfect. Am I right ?

Naveen said: (Nov 17, 2011)  
Have/has been used to show that some work has started in past and is going on in present and will continue for some time in future like " I have been working in IBM since June 9,2011."

Had been is also used in the same sense but just to indicate past,or we can say for past we use past perfact here that has been shown by the quarreled i.e. second form of verb. It gives the information about that some work started in past and ended in past. Or to more clearify we can say that when we wanna talk about past in past we use it.

Deji said: (Nov 20, 2011)  
" I have been doing this work, since I got in " Can anyone tell if this sentence is wrong ? .

Meet Vora said: (Nov 21, 2011)  

No this sentence is right bcoz u r still doing that work until u got.. So it's continue past tense so it is right to put have instead of had....

Karthik said: (Jan 13, 2012)  
We can also say the answer is "C"

"They have been very close friends until they quarrell."

Dan-1 Of Pandemonium said: (Jan 28, 2012)  
For this type of questions always try to guess which comes first and later. I mean the sequence the first takes the past participle and the second takes the simple past just like

"As soon as I left for the railway station, the train had left."

Yun_Mad said: (Jan 30, 2012)  
Is this correct "They were very close friends until they quarrelled."

Sushri said: (Feb 18, 2012)  
Why have been is wrong here, can any one explain me?


I have been doing this work, since I got in. It is correct or not?

Bharath said: (Mar 8, 2012)  
They were friends earlier. It happened first. So must use past perfect tense.

Raashi said: (Jan 4, 2014)  
They is plural and so we are using had. Is this right?

Arvind said: (Jan 11, 2014)  
When should we use has and have in a sentence? please help friends.

Deshna said: (Jun 24, 2014)  
What is wrong with it? It sounds fine when you say it out loud.

Romi said: (Aug 9, 2014)  
Eg of have been.

I have been in this college since 2010.
It means I m still in this college.

Above sentence is in past tense means quarrel occurred in past too so there is no point of using have been because now they are not friend instead of have had is used.

Anurag said: (Sep 7, 2014)  
According to the basic rules of tenses we always use a past perfect continuous tense for verbs that were happening in the past and are still happening at the moment at which we describe it.

Now as they were friends until their quarrel and after that their friendship broke so the sentence must take past perfect continuous.

Pranith said: (Feb 26, 2015)  
Basic grammar depicts tells past perfect is used in past tense.

Ragav said: (Apr 5, 2015)  
Two actions taken in past then first action should be in past perfect and next should be in simple past.

Avlon Frost said: (Jun 6, 2015)  
Could it be 'They were good friends'?

Vishal said: (Sep 28, 2015)  
They were very close friends until they quarreled, can't this be right?

Ankur said: (Apr 18, 2016)  
Can we write this sentence as "They were very close friends until they quarreled"?

Preeti said: (Jun 30, 2016)  
Why not? "they are very close friends".

Divya Priya said: (Jul 24, 2016)  
Finally, What is the error found? can anyone say?

Sujithra Ramesh said: (Aug 1, 2016)  
Why can't it be'They were'?

Sushant said: (Aug 3, 2016)  
Its also correct but the sentence contains the use of have so had is more appropriate for this sentence but '"they were'" is also correct according to me.

Shantanu said: (Sep 3, 2016)  
You are right @Sushant, "were sounds" better here.

Rakesh said: (Sep 12, 2016)  
"They were very close friends until they quarrelled".

This is correct because given sentence can neither be present perfect continuous nor past because in the perfect continuous verb is always in its first form +ing.

Ram said: (Oct 14, 2016)  
In the above statement " quarrelled " is representing past tense. That's why our statement also represents past tense only. Replacing "have been " to " had been".

Thank you.

Manchalaakhilesh said: (Feb 17, 2017)  
Why can't we use quarrel instead of quarrel led.

Nidhi said: (Feb 26, 2017)  
Is this correct?

They were very close friends until they quarrelled.

Sahil Anand said: (May 5, 2017)  
The both seems to be correct, but since the action "quarrelled" happened in the past so it's better to use past perfect.

Vatsal said: (Aug 4, 2017)  
What is difference between had and had been? Can anyone explain it to me?

Vimal K said: (Sep 10, 2017)  
I agree that ' had been ' should be used as there is ' quarreled ' but why can't we change ' quarreled' to 'quarrel'.

Rohit said: (Jul 31, 2018)  
Cant it be were good friends?

Gargi said: (Aug 12, 2018)  
Can't we write as they were very close friends?

Rajendra said: (Sep 13, 2018)  
Had been because we are talking about one action that happened before another action that already happened. So it will past perfect.

Ryan_S said: (Oct 21, 2018)  
The Answer is A.

Here 2 past event is described. If there were 2 past event then the previous event is in past indefinite and the more previous event is in the past perfect.

Chandrama said: (Jan 26, 2019)  
We can take this statement in two ways. One " They have been very close friends until they quarrel " (present perfect) and two " They had been very close friends until they quarrelled " (Past perfect). So the correct answer can be A or D, it depends upon in which way they are thinking the statement.

Naveen Kumar Khambampati said: (Jul 2, 2019)  
Wa have to use 'had been' because they are no more friends now. It's past.

Hrishikesh said: (Jul 18, 2021)  
Instead of "have been", 'were' or 'had been' both can be used. Correct me if wrong.

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