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Mike ..... about his new girlfriend so much that I ..... almost everything about her even before I met her.

A)
talked / had already known

B) had been talking / already knew

C) was talking / had already been knowing

D) has been talking / have already known

E) is talking / have already been knowing

How many proper answers can you find for this question which was asked in a language testbook for secondary school students? And what do you think about the difficulty level of the question? I, personally, found it really hard. Emotion: smile
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Post your answers first, then we'll comment.
Marius HancuPost your answers first, then we'll comment.
Sorry? There are already two different questions in the message, even if we don't count the multiple choice one. Emotion: surprise
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Marius HancuPost your answers first, then we'll comment.
Sorry? There are already two different questions in the message, even if we don't count the multiple choice one. Emotion: surprise
Give then all your possible answers to the multiple choice one.
Now I think I can understand you. A is said to be given as the right answer, but many argue C is also right answer if A is the desired one. To me, B works best here. And now it is your turn.
It can't be C or E, because of:

http://www.english-zone.com/verbs/prgverbchrt.html
(know can't be progressive)

I'd go for B, because of the tense simplification in the subordinate (simple past instead of past perfect). See Swan. One prefers the past perfect in the main sentence, not in the subordinate. A would make otherwise sense.

D and E are eliminated as they conflict with the simple past met.
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Thanks Hancu,

This explanation helped very much. Emotion: smile
Meanwhile, just to clarify: Isn't it possible to use KNOW in progressive tenses ir order to express dissatisfaction or annoyance, or just to complain?
Only B makes sense to me.
The X ... so ... that Y pattern has X as a sort of cause and Y as a sort of result. The cause comes before the result. The past perfect comes before the past.
Moderately difficult.
CJ
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