This paragraph has numbered blanks indicating that words or phrases have been omitted. First read through the entire passage. Then, for each numbered blank, choose the completion that is most appropriate given the context of the entire paragraph.
Solange ich ihn (14) , ist er immer pünktlich (15) ; ich verstehe (16) nicht, warum er uns diesmal im (17) gelassen hat.
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Select the most appropriate completion from the options below for blank (15).
The first part of the sentence — “As long as I have known him” (Solange ich ihn kenne) — provides a context for completing the sentence — “he has always been punctual.” The verb sein (to be) is used in the past tense to express “has been.” The past tense can be formed in two parts by combining the required auxiliary verb with the past participle of sein. Since the auxiliary verb for sein also happens to be sein, the third-person subject er requires the auxiliary verb ist paired with the past participle gewesen (A). The completed sentence reads Solange ich ihn kenne, ist er immer pünktlich gewesen (As long as I have known him, he has always been punctual).