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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 ?
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22 Mar 2011, 06:12
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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 ?

I will go with B.
well-received is an adjective and should be modified by adverb. I think this sentence looks good with both past perfect and present perfect .(jus a slight change in meaning)
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22 Mar 2011, 07:28
well... the question tests both, adjective-adverb usage as well as present perfect v/s past perfect usage
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22 Mar 2011, 10:49
I vote for (A)
Successful launch --> claim about new products --> present time
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22 Mar 2011, 16:06
+1 B

I think that C changes the meaning because the original intention of the author is showing that the success started in the past.

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22 Mar 2011, 16:50
WHy not C, it is simple. There is no need to have perfect tense. And I think recently fits here for modifying successes.
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22 Mar 2011, 19:55
the OA is A . It is between recent (adjective) and recently ( adverb) , and an adverb CAN NOT be used to modify a noun , therefore the answer is A. I too was confused between A and B .

the second issue with the question is present perfect v/s past perfect, can anyone try and clarify that part ?
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23 Mar 2011, 22:40
garimavyas wrote:
the OA is A . It is between recent (adjective) and recently ( adverb) , and an adverb CAN NOT be used to modify a noun , therefore the answer is A. I too was confused between A and B .

the second issue with the question is present perfect v/s past perfect, can anyone try and clarify that part ?

Can some one explain why do we need coordinating adjective here ?
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23 Mar 2011, 23:33
recent modifies the launch. wht was recent, it is the launch. so as launch is a noun, it shud be modifed by an adjective. both recent and well received modify the noun launch.
this leaves us wth option A directly.

now wht if option B also used recent? it wud still be wrong IMO as the launch already happened in the past only after which the compnay was claiming sumthng. it shud be in past tense.
and as we are having 2 events in the past (launch and claim) use of past perfect is necessary.
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24 Mar 2011, 05:41
Answers (B) and (C) both modify the meaning of the original sentence and thus are incorrect.

In the original sentence, "recent" modifies "launch", indicating that that the launch happened recently, and it was well received.

In (B) and (C), "recently" modifies "well-received", indicating that at some point there was a launch, and it was just recently well-received.
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24 Mar 2011, 05:42
If a word is used as an adjective in the original sentence, and an adverb in any of the answer choices, it should be a tip off that something is not quite right.
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25 Mar 2011, 21:33
@ jko and rohu , you got the adjective part right , but there is still doubt between 'has been' and 'had been' ,
what's exactly wrong with using present perfect here ?
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25 Mar 2011, 23:51
garimavyas wrote:
@ jko and rohu , you got the adjective part right , but there is still doubt between 'has been' and 'had been' ,
what's exactly wrong with using present perfect here ?

Answers B and C use "recently" instead of "recent as we've discussed.
Answers D and E incorrectly use the pronoun "their" to refer to the internet start-up, which is singular.
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03 May 2011, 00:32
Hence A
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03 May 2011, 01:09
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 ?

1. The starup claimed after announcing so sentence should be in past perfect.
2. The adjective recent should be used here and not the adverb recently. Check the difference:

recently launched

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16 May 2011, 22:28
well then, i have found the reason for past perfect and the method of handling such questions.
would is used here with claimed , so once you draw a time line of events, it becomes clear that 'had been' i.e. the past perfect is suitable
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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 ?

Well this answer would have been (A)

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

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...

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IT's clearly A.It is copy cat of a OG question.
A- clearly describe the sequence of events by using past perfect and simple past( it is correct too for singular noun).because successes happened is later past and claimed is happened after that .
B- need past perfect
C- ditto B
D-tense issue remain
E- pronoun agreement is issue here.
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01 Sep 2011, 05:41
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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 ?

'recent' vs 'recently' - 'recently' is usually used to provide further information about an action.

e.g. "I bumped into Clifford recently", "The neighbors argued over the noise level recently".
It is commonly found at the beginning or the ending of a clause. E.g. "Recently, Jane met up with Jim" which can also be rewritten as "Jane met up with Jim recently". 'Recently' is further information pertaining to the meet-up.

'recent' is used when describing an event/incident.
E.g. 'The recent launch', 'The recent bird flu break-out', 'The recent news about the idiots who kayaked despite the Hurricane warning..."

Since we are talking about an event 'the launch' in this question, it should be 'recent' and not 'recently'. The other clue is that 'recent/recently' is found in the middle of the clause, thus the chances of 'recent' being correct is greater than 'recently'.
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18 Sep 2011, 06:35
the internet start-up 'claimed' ... so we need past perfect tense. that's why A
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