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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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