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Commissioner Wallace claims that he always has been and always will be a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.

A. Commissioner Wallace claims that he always has been and always will be a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
B. Commissioner Wallace claims that he always has and always will be a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
C. Commissioner Wallace claims that he will always be a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
D. Always having been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Commissioner Wallace claims that he will always continue to be so.
E. Commissioner Wallace has always been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and claims that he will always be.

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22 May 2010, 06:28
IMO C.

Short and correct style+verb. Always indicates a contimuous action in the past and still occuring.

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Commissioner Wallace claims that he always has been and always will be a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.

A. Commissioner Wallace claims that he always has been and always will be a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
B. Commissioner Wallace claims that he always has and always will be a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
C. Commissioner Wallace claims that he will always be a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
D. Always having been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Commissioner Wallace claims that he will always continue to be so.
E. Commissioner Wallace has always been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and claims that he will always be.

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22 May 2010, 06:51
Ok its seems to be C for me as well
but only problem i see
C. Commissioner Wallace claims that he will always be a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
if we remove
C. Commissioner Wallace claims that he will be a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
now it tells nothing about the fact that commissioner was and is member of xyz union now....it sound like he is planning to be member....
but A is wordy so C
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23 May 2010, 17:33
OA is A.
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23 May 2010, 20:43
I doubt OA is A. Though it is parallel, but as compared to C, A is wordy.

Whats the source?
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23 May 2010, 22:00
The reason 'it is wordy' is always hard to argue i guess....unless size of sentences have huge difference

so i agree that it is A
so i already said,there seems to be problem with C
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23 May 2010, 23:12
The problem with C is that it changes the meaning. He WILL always be, but what about the time he HAS BEEN?
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26 May 2010, 07:06
I narrowed it to A and E and finally picked (E).

can someone explain why E is wrong?

Commissioner Wallace has always been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and claims that he will always be.

I thought that "Commissioner Wallace has always been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union" is a fact and there is no need to claim that and that the claim for future is correct..."and claims that he will always be".
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26 May 2010, 07:09
In E, we have two independent clauses. Just check the parts:
Commissioner Wallace has always been ........, and claims.........

Who claims?
We need a subject here to claim.

seekmba wrote:
I narrowed it to A and E and finally picked (E).

can someone explain why E is wrong?

Commissioner Wallace has always been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and claims that he will always be.

I thought that "Commissioner Wallace has always been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union" is a fact and there is no need to claim that and that the claim for future is correct..."and claims that he will always be".

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19 Apr 2012, 04:12
ykaiim wrote:
In E, we have two independent clauses. Just check the parts:
Commissioner Wallace has always been ........, and claims.........

Who claims?
We need a subject here to claim.

seekmba wrote:
I narrowed it to A and E and finally picked (E).

can someone explain why E is wrong?

Commissioner Wallace has always been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and claims that he will always be.

I thought that "Commissioner Wallace has always been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union" is a fact and there is no need to claim that and that the claim for future is correct..."and claims that he will always be".

Subject is clear but what he claims is not clear as earlier clause has finished. 'A' on the other hand joins the 2 clauses and makes it much clear
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Wallace makes two claims 1. That he has always been and two that he will always be a member. Both are claims by him. We are not bothered about the veracity of these claims. However, E categorically states that Wallace has always been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union without Wallace claiming so. To that extent, it is a change of meaning.

The phrase ‘will be’ with or without ‘always’ can never imply recent past. Therefore, C is just a half statement.
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19 Apr 2012, 06:51
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Wallace makes two claims 1. That he has always been and two that he will always be a member. Both are claims by him. We are not bothered about the veracity of these claims. However, E categorically states that Wallace has always been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union without Wallace claiming so. To that extent, it is a change of meaning.

The phrase ‘will be’ with or without ‘always’ can never imply recent past. Therefore, C is just a half statement.

Yes it changes the meaning slightly in that a claim is changed to a fact.
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