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I'm little confused with a sentence from Manhattan GMAT sentence correction 3rd edition book.
Page 132;

The band U2 WAS just one of many new groups on the rock music scene in the early 1980's, but less than ten years later, U2 HAD fully ECLIPSED its early rivals in the pantheon of popular music.
We use HAD for Past past events to clarify time frame. right?

Shouldn't this sentence be,
The band U2 HAD BEEN just one of many new groups on the rock music scene in the early 1980's, but less than ten years later, U2 fully ECLIPSED its early rivals in the pantheon of popular music.
What am I missing? Please help me.
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Hi,

I'm little confused with a sentence from Manhattan GMAT sentence correction 3rd edition book.

Page 132;

The band U2 WAS just one of many new groups on the rock music scene in the early 1980's, but less than ten years later, U2 HAD fully ECLIPSED its early rivals in the pantheon of popular music.

We use HAD for Past past events to clarify time frame. right?

Shouldn't this sentence be,

The band U2 HAD BEEN just one of many new groups on the rock music scene in the early 1980's, but less than ten years later, U2 fully ECLIPSED its early rivals in the pantheon of popular music.

What am I missing? Please help me.

Your first query

The band U2 was just one Just states a fact about the past.

The band U2 had been just one shows that the writer wants to keep the focus of his paragraph on the later time.

In other words, both tenses are possible.

Your second query

The reference point is some point less than ten years later. Let's assume it was 1989.

U2 had fully eclipsed means that the eclipsing happened some time before 1989.

U2 fully eclipsed means the eclipsing happened in 1989.

Best wishes, Clive
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You might want to think of it this way:

Before the ten-year period was finished, U2 had fully eclipsed its early rivals.

The time of the 'eclipse' is being measured from the end of the 10 years.

CJ
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Awesome Explanation. Thanks a lot. But I'm finding hard to memorize all these things Emotion: sad
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I still don't understand this usage. Can somebody please explain this further? Thanks!

"The band U2 had been just one shows that the writer wants to keep the focus of his paragraph on the later time.'