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147. At a recent session, the French government has decided that Paris needs a second, larger opera house to complement the famous Paris Opera.
(A) has decided that Paris needs
(B) decided that Paris needs
(C) has decided that Paris will need
(D) decided that Paris has a need of
(E) has decided that Paris needed

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11 Jun 2007, 17:51
Perfect tense is not required here. So we can take out A,C and E.

D is a lengthy version of B. I'll take B.
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11 Jun 2007, 18:27
B is neat and simple.

The perfect tense should be not used unless its imperative!
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11 Jun 2007, 20:40
robinantony wrote:
B is neat and simple.

The perfect tense should be not used unless its imperative!

Everyone except me got it right
robinantony, can you plz elaborate more on your explanation... will be really helpful.

thanks
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11 Jun 2007, 21:03
Let me give it a shot.

The present perfect tense (has decided) is used for actions that have occured in the past and have not yet finished.

Past tense (decided) is used for actions that have already been completed.

In this case, the action by French govt. (decision) has already been completed.

So, that rules out A, C and E.

Hope this helps.
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11 Jun 2007, 21:09
rgulati wrote:
Let me give it a shot.

The present perfect tense (has decided) is used for actions that have occured in the past and have not yet finished.

Past tense (decided) is used for actions that have already been completed.

In this case, the action by French govt. (decision) has already been completed.

So, that rules out A, C and E.

Hope this helps.

Thanks .. but one question about the present perfect tense -

I believe present perfect tense is used for actions that have occured in the recent passed .
examples -
1. i've done my home work . - means that i've done it recently.. it does not mean that i'm still doing my home work, as you suggested above . .
in that case, it would be - i've been doing my home work since morning" - started doing in the past and still doing it ..

2. i did my home work - means that i did it in the past ( may not be recently)...

please correct me if i am wrong... it's a very basic tense problem .. i dont want to go wrong here
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11 Jun 2007, 21:11
vishalsuri wrote:
robinantony wrote:
B is neat and simple.

The perfect tense should be not used unless its imperative!

Everyone except me got it right
robinantony, can you plz elaborate more on your explanation... will be really helpful.

thanks
vishal

rgulati, good explanation. Present perfect is used for actions that happened in the past and is still continuing. Hence A,C, E are wrong. Left is B and D. D is wordy - "has a need of", hence B.
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11 Jun 2007, 21:26
vishalsuri wrote:
rgulati wrote:
Let me give it a shot.

The present perfect tense (has decided) is used for actions that have occured in the past and have not yet finished.

Past tense (decided) is used for actions that have already been completed.

In this case, the action by French govt. (decision) has already been completed.

So, that rules out A, C and E.

Hope this helps.

Thanks .. but one question about the present perfect tense -

I believe present perfect tense is used for actions that have occured in the recent passed .
examples -
1. i've done my home work . - means that i've done it recently.. it does not mean that i'm still doing my home work, as you suggested above . .
in that case, it would be - i've been doing my home work since morning" - started doing in the past and still doing it ..

2. i did my home work - means that i did it in the past ( may not be recently)...

please correct me if i am wrong... it's a very basic tense problem .. i dont want to go wrong here

Go through this link
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/ ... pvpast.htm

This will give you some examples.
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11 Jun 2007, 21:30
rgulati wrote:
vishalsuri wrote:
rgulati wrote:
Let me give it a shot.

The present perfect tense (has decided) is used for actions that have occured in the past and have not yet finished.

Past tense (decided) is used for actions that have already been completed.

In this case, the action by French govt. (decision) has already been completed.

So, that rules out A, C and E.

Hope this helps.

Thanks .. but one question about the present perfect tense -

I believe present perfect tense is used for actions that have occured in the recent passed .
examples -
1. i've done my home work . - means that i've done it recently.. it does not mean that i'm still doing my home work, as you suggested above . .
in that case, it would be - i've been doing my home work since morning" - started doing in the past and still doing it ..

2. i did my home work - means that i did it in the past ( may not be recently)...

please correct me if i am wrong... it's a very basic tense problem .. i dont want to go wrong here

Go through this link
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/ ... pvpast.htm

This will give you some examples.

Thanks for the link rgulati..
now , if i apply the second set of rules from that page, shouldnt the answer be A as it has been recently decided ?
11 Jun 2007, 21:30
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