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Had been vs. are #1 (permalink) Sat Feb 25, 2006 9:54 am   Had been vs. are
 

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ESL/EFL Test #119 "English Tenses", question 5

Mike: I don't honestly think you ......... telling the truth.

(a) were
(b) had been
(c) are
(d) will be

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #119 "English Tenses", answer 5

Mike: I don't honestly think you are telling the truth.

Correct answer: (c) are
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how about had been

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Telling the truth #2 (permalink) Sat Feb 25, 2006 19:55 pm   Telling the truth
 

Hi Lolitta,

You can't use had been here, which is past perfect because there isn't another past tense related to it. You would have to change the sentence to: I didn't think ...

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