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Re: recent v/s recently [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2011, 10:56
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Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet start-up claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter.

A: its key successes had been the recent
B: its key successes has been the recently
C: its key successes is the recently
D: their key successes is the recent
E: their key successes had been the recent


between past perfect and present perfect , what should be preferred here ?


OA should be A

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1) recent vs. recently
"recent" is an adjective and "recently" is an adverb"
Since question stem contains "recent", we should stick to it. So, we can eliminate (B) and (C)

2) its vs their
since "Internet start-up " is singular, we should use "its". So, (D) and (E) can be eliminated.

We are left with A.
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Re: recent v/s recently [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2011, 16:11
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garimavyas wrote:
Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet start-up claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter.

A: its key successes had been the recent
B: its key successes has been the recently
C: its key successes is the recently
D: their key successes is the recent
E: their key successes had been the recent


between past perfect and present perfect , what should be preferred here ?


Well this answer would have been (A)

even if we had this choice :
its key successes had been the recently

Adjective can modify Noun
Adverb can modify Verb

Here well-received beta launch is a NOUN and not VERB, so you have to go with adjective :RECENT and not adverb : REECENTLY

Coming to the use of HAD BEEN, it is parallelism....
HAD BEEN is parallel to WOULD, so this would narrow down the choices to A, E...After that ITS is the correct usage so go for A...

Cheers !!!


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Re: recent v/s recently   [#permalink] 30 Sep 2011, 16:11
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