Madonna and an Error in Verb Tense Sequence

May 17, 2006

Madonna removed her wedding ring before she appeared in public last week, sparking rumors that her marriage is on the rocks.

This sentence contains an error in verb tense sequence. Since she removed the ring prior to appearing in public, the verb in the main clause ("Madonna removed her wedding ring") should be in the past perfect tense.

Madonna had removed her wedding ring before she appeared in public last week, sparking rumors that her marriage is on the rocks.

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3 Responses to “Madonna and an Error in Verb Tense Sequence”

  1. nasser Says:

    no way this sentence is absolutely correct .since this event could be seen along with the way they happened and the authers intention wasnt giving priority to the events

  2. Tim Lavender Says:

    This is surely a nonsense. Would you also find fault with: “I looked in the mirror before I pulled out”?


  3. i love wedding rings that are studded with diamonds and emerald, they are expensive and priceless too :


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