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Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter.

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its key successes had been the recent
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its key successes has been the recently
C
its key successes is the recently
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their key successes is the recent
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their key successes had been the recent
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Hi Ratnakar,

Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter.

Since the meaning is relatively simple to understand, let’s move to Error Analysis:

1. Let’s put all the action in this sentence on a timeline as they happened:
i. The Internet startup launched beta trial.
ii. It was received well.
iii. The startup made the claims.
iv. It would introduce many new products.
So, we see that launching the beta trial was the very first action that the Internet startup company did among all the events. Hence, it has been correctly written in past perfect tense.

2. The second thing to understand here is the usage of the word “recent”. This word is an adjective that can refer to a noun or another adjective. Let’s take an example and explain:

Currently the date is March 25.
Picture that the Internet startup launched one beta trial on February 15 and it launched another beta trial on March 15. So out of the two, the beta trial which was launched on Mar 15 is recent.

If we change “recent” into “recently”, this adverb will modify the adjective “well-received”. This means that the beta launch was well-received in the near past. Use of “recently” changes the intended meaning of the sentence. So use of “recent” is correct here as it is meant to modify “beta-launch” and not “well-received”.

PoE:

A. its key successes had been the recent: Correct for the reasons above.

B. its key successes has been the recently: Incorrect.
i. Use of present perfect tense is incorrect because this is the oldest activity in the sentence and must be written in past perfect tense.
ii. Use of recently is incorrectly.

C. its key successes is the recently: Incorrect. Repeats both the errors of Choice B.

D. their key successes is the recent: Incorrect.
i. Plural pronoun “they” does not agree in number with its singular antecedent “Internet startup”.
ii. Repeats the verb tense error of Choice C.

E their key successes had been the recent: Incorrect. Repeats the pronoun error of Choice D.

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Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter.

option A only fits as

the Internet startup claimed it would ..... -- > it claimed in past that it would in future from past ...
So only had been can be used as its announcing its success at the same time while claiming for further product release in next QTR..

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Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup 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

I cannot tell you why "had been" is better than "has been" in this case, but "recently" is wrong because it is referred to the beta launch
A its key successes had been the recent (...)beta launch CORRECT
B its key successes has been the recently (...)beta launch

C its key successes is the recently
The next sentence uses the past "the Internet startup claimed", and "recently" is wrong

"the Internet startup" is singular, their is wrong
D their key successes is the recent
E their key successes had been the recent
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Ratnakar wrote:
Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup 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

This question can be answered in 30 seconds or less. Since the success occured before the announcement, you need past perfect. Eliminate B and C. Then you can see that the internet startup is obviously singular, so eliminate D and E.
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Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter.

Again this is a question for tenses

Key points:
1. Activity in past + would
2. Activity in present + will

There is "would" in second clause in the sentence given
So there should be past tense in first clause
Thus B,C and D are out.

Now "Internet startup" is singular so there should be "its" and not "their"

So A
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Yes answer should be A..agree with the explanation.
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Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter.

Again this is a question for tenses

Key points:
1. Activity in past + would
2. Activity in present + will

There is "would" in second clause in the sentence given
So there should be past tense in first clause
Thus B,C and D are out.

Now "Internet startup" is singular so there should be "its" and not "their"

So A
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21 Mar 2013, 14:11
hi,

Internet startup claimed so it is in past tense. and success of beta launch happened prior to it.so had been is OK...
but i am not sure how recent is apt.

pls correct if logic is flawed.

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21 Mar 2013, 14:16
suryav wrote:
hi,

Internet startup claimed so it is in past tense. and success of beta launch happened prior to it.so had been is OK...
but i am not sure how recent is apt.

pls correct if logic is flawed.

br//surya

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No need to focus on recent word .. tense error correction is enough to identify error..
by the way recent is used here to confuse people
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22 Mar 2013, 14:11
Ratnakar wrote:
Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup 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

D and E are out because of pronoun ambiguity.
Now we need to focus on meaning. because the company has been successful in its last product so it wants to launch another product.
Hence, past perfect must be used....and A makes sense

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Ratnakar wrote:
Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup 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

I cannot tell you why "had been" is better than "has been" in this case, but "recently" is wrong because it is referred to the beta launch
A its key successes had been the recent (...)beta launch CORRECT
B its key successes has been the recently (...)beta launch

C its key successes is the recently
The next sentence uses the past "the Internet startup claimed", and "recently" is wrong

"the Internet startup" is singular, their is wrong
D their key successes is the recent
E their key successes had been the recent

a) Recent well-recieved beta launch. >>> Recent is adjective modifying beta launch. The statement conveys the idea that the beta launch is recently done and also that the beta launch is well received.
b)Recently well-recieved beta launch. >>> Recently is adverb which modifies the adjective well-recieved, conveying the idea that the beta launch is recently well received.
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A --> Correct-
its key successes had been the recent

As there has been a chronological dependency between "well-received beta launch" and "the Internet startup claim".So Past perfect "its key successes had been the recent" is Perfect.Secondly the next dependent sentence starts with a Simple past "the Internet startup claimed" which is grammatically correct.Also usage of Adjective "recent" is correct for the noun clause "well-received beta launch".

B
its key successes has been the recently
Incorrect usage of tense (present perfect) and adverb "recently" doesn't fit in.
C
its key successes is the recently
Incorrect usage of tense (present continuous) and adverb "recently" doesn't fit in.
D
their key successes is the recent
Incorrect pronoun "their" for noun "Internet startup".Also wrong usage of tense (Simple present).
E
their key successes had been the recent
Incorrect pronoun "their" for noun "Internet startup".
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