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Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve metropolitan Boston.
A. Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve
B. Concerns about public health have led to the construction of three separate sewer systems between 1876 and 1904 to serve
C. Concerns about public health have led between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving
D. There were concerns about public health leading to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems serving
E. There were concerns leading between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving
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14 Apr 2009, 22:40
What is the OA?

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Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve metropolitan Boston.
A. Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve
i think this one - the original - is correct.
B. Concerns about public health have led to the construction of three separate sewer systems between 1876 and 1904 to serve
with this one, the verb tense "have led" doesn't work, since the time period 1876-1904 already happened in the past.
C. Concerns about public health have led between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving
same verb tense issue as B.
D. There were concerns about public health leading to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems serving
saying "there were concerns... leading to the construction..." sounds wrong to me... sorry i can't explain that one more fully.
E. There were concerns leading between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving

same problem as D., plus saying "for serving" sounds odd... again. sorry i can't explain that one better.
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15 Apr 2009, 06:16
IMO B. have led is okay for me, reason, concerns have led, concerns did not drive the constructions overnight, but rather period of long time.
I guess key to unlock this sentence was word placement..I found that construction must be placed near to sewers(thats the case of B).
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15 Apr 2009, 07:01
IMO A. "Have led" doesn't seem right for something that happened in the past. D and E sound awkward to me. In D and E, I am not clear what "there" refers to, normally it should refer to a place. If it was "There were concerns in Boston....", it would sound better. I am not sure if we can assume that there is referring to Boston in D and E.
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15 Apr 2009, 07:38
I feel between A and B.. I will choose A.

B is better constructed but have is not required.

BTW what is the source?
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15 Apr 2009, 20:19
My choice is A

Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve metropolitan Boston.
A. Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve --> best used of tense, simple structure and correct meaning
B. Concerns about public health have led to the construction of three separate sewer systems between 1876 and 1904 to serve --> wrong verb tense of "have led" which means that the concerns lasted to the present time whereas it actually occurred in the past
C. Concerns about public health have led between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving --> same error. Also, have led between 1876 and 1904 is ungrammatical
D. There were concerns about public health leading to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems serving --> There were makes the whole sentence more complicated than (A) does
E. There were concerns leading between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving --> this answer emphasizes that the concerns, not the construction, was between 1876 and 1904, hence distorting the original meaning
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16 Apr 2009, 11:57
A

no need of present perfect "have led"

D- public health leading to the construction - wrong
E - concerns leading between 1876 and 1904 - wrong
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16 Apr 2009, 12:53
If A is the OA, then it looks to me that propositions phrase has no orders..I chose B over A, I thought, propositions are more in the order..
led to the construction of three sewers..
Anyone agrees about the non order of proposition phrases?
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10 Aug 2009, 18:34
Guys ... OA is A ... this is a GMATPREP question
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10 Aug 2009, 18:52
B...not lead to between, but lead to construction of the system between then...
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10 Aug 2009, 21:57
IMO A....

when ever time frame is known we use sipmle past rather than present perfect....as we know thing has completed by then..
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06 Oct 2009, 14:21
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IMO B. have led is okay for me, reason, concerns have led, concerns did not drive the constructions overnight, but rather period of long time.
I guess key to unlock this sentence was word placement..I found that construction must be placed near to sewers(thats the case of B).

I don't think the tense is determined by the amount of time, but rather by whether or not the first action was completed before the second one. Am I right?
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05 Mar 2010, 14:10
This is verb tense sentence correction problem. I made the mistake of choosing B, but should be A. Construction ended (simply occurred in past) between "1876 and 1904", so only need simple past form of verb ("led"). I think the syntax in A is a bit weird, but still correct.
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05 Mar 2010, 17:50
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This is verb tense sentence correction problem. I made the mistake of choosing B, but should be A. Construction ended (simply occurred in past) between "1876 and 1904", so only need simple past form of verb ("led"). I think the syntax in A is a bit weird, but still correct.

You are right, I also chose B but was not sure about "have led" rather I preferred the order of the sentence over A and got it wrong.
Actually, I didn't follow the advice (by Ron Purewal on mgmat forums) and got it wrong. According to Ron the rule for SC is always to follow this pattern
1. Correctness (even if it looks weird)
2. Clarity ( When choosing between 2 grammatically correct answers go for clear one )

I just preferred clarity and didn't indulge into correctness as it is verb-tense issue.
Gotta be careful next time hehe.
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06 Dec 2014, 07:15
A Wins! Mistakes in each statement highlighted below!

quote="tenaman10"]Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve metropolitan Boston.

A. Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve

B. Concerns about public health have led to the construction of three separate sewer systems between 1876 and 1904 to serve

C. Concerns about public health have led between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving

D. There were concerns about public health leading to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems serving

E. There were concerns leading between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving[/quote]
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tenaman10 wrote:
Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve metropolitan Boston.
A. Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve
B. Concerns about public health have led to the construction of three separate sewer systems between 1876 and 1904 to serve
C. Concerns about public health have led between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving
D. There were concerns about public health leading to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems serving
E. There were concerns leading between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving

an action finishing in the past must be in past tense. B and C are out
in D, leading modifies health. This is wrong
in E, between 1876 and 1904 modifies leading. This is wrong.
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Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve metropolitan Boston.

A. Concerns about public health led to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems to serve
B. Concerns about public health have led to the construction of three separate sewer systems between 1876 and 1904 to serve
C. Concerns about public health have led between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving
D. There were concerns about public health leading to the construction between 1876 and 1904 of three separate sewer systems serving
E. There were concerns leading between 1876 and 1904 to the construction of three separate sewer systems for serving

use of present perfect tense is not appropriate in B. construction happened in past.

between 1876 and 1904 => should modify construction.
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