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Explaining that one of its many difficulties had been the recent growing injury list among starting players, the minor league baseball team said it would start a month-long search for better physical trainers and physicians.

(A) its many difficulties had been the recent
(B) its many difficulties has been the recently
(C) its many difficulties is the recently
(D) their many difficulties is the recent
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Can someone help me out here. This did not pop up when i google searched for this string .. so probably this has not been review.
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29 Jun 2012, 01:42
A very good question on Time&Tenses.

The injuries are increasing , started before and increasing continuously (had been is used)
so?
Physical trainers/physicians are required.Where are they?the team has to find out/recruit some(they aren't available at time but in future they are needed for sure.) WOULD can be placed undoubtedly when future is referred along with "had been".

IMO A
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A - this is a tense problem

"Had been" - happened before the team "said"
need the "had" otherwise we don't know which action happened first
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The term team is singular and therefore you require its; the adverb recently can not modify the adjective growing. Therefore, you need an adjective – recent -. The word recent implies a finished event and the past perfect had been appropriately fits in. A is the one that fulfills all the criteria
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29 Jun 2012, 07:39
had been...would start- Perfect fit !
injuries are growing (still) , need of physical trainers required ( future)
+1 for (A)
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Explaining that one of its many difficulties had been the recent growing injury list among starting players, the minor league baseball team said it would start a month-long search for better physical trainers and physicians.

If you look at the non underlined part, you see "would". This "would" signifies that the team did the explaining in the past and during that explaning it said that it will make some changes in the future.

Thats why had been is the only correct option.
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03 Jul 2012, 01:28
should not the answer be b with recently (an adverb) modifying adjective growing(participle)
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03 Jul 2012, 08:33
@kapilhede17

This question has the same errors as the one you posted.

Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent extended sales slump in women's apparel, the seven-store retailer said it would start a three-month liquidation sale in all of its stores.

A. its many problems had been the recent

B. its many problems has been the recently

C. its many problems is the recently

D. their many problems is the recent

E. their many problems had been the recent

There are a couple of things wrong in this sentence.
1st. it should be --- had been .... would. The only one with this structure is A. Quickest method to eliminate the rest of answer choices.
2nd. We need an adjective to modify "extended sales slump" so B and C are out for using "recently" ("recently" is an adverb)
3th. subject-verb agreement---- the subject is "the seven-store retailer" (singular) thus the pronoun should "it". D and E out.
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23 Aug 2012, 10:38
Ankit04041987 wrote:
should not the answer be b with recently (an adverb) modifying adjective growing(participle)

Can someone explain the above point.
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A - this is a tense problem

"Had been" - happened before the team "said"
need the "had" otherwise we don't know which action happened first

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Whats wrong with B. Kindly elaborate
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04 Nov 2012, 23:09
dchow23 wrote:
A - this is a tense problem

"Had been" - happened before the team "said"
need the "had" otherwise we don't know which action happened first

Hey!
Whats wrong with B. Kindly elaborate

Problem with B:
1. Has been -Term 'Said' shows past event. Also, logically difficulties were faced before the statement was made. So between 2 past events one which is older will use past perfect and other past simple.
2. Recently - it changes the meaning incorrectly. recently growing injury list and recent growing injury list are not same.
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dchow23 wrote:
A - this is a tense problem

"Had been" - happened before the team "said"
need the "had" otherwise we don't know which action happened first

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Whats wrong with B. Kindly elaborate

Problem with B:
1. Has been -Term 'Said' shows past event. Also, logically difficulties were faced before the statement was made. So between 2 past events one which is older will use past perfect and other past simple.
2. Recently - it changes the meaning incorrectly. recently growing injury list and recent growing injury list are not same.

In option A, Had been indicates that difficulties were in the past and no longer exist when second action "said" took place. Makes no logical sense to me. correct me if I am wrong
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In option A, Had been indicates that difficulties were in the past and no longer exist when second action "said" took place. Makes no logical sense to me. correct me if I am wrong

How did you interpret this?

Probably this should help to clear few things:
gmat-verbs-the-perfect-tense-136462.html
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In option A, Had been indicates that difficulties were in the past and no longer exist when second action "said" took place. Makes no logical sense to me. correct me if I am wrong

How did you interpret this?

My mistake.... I thought it is Past perfect tense. actually it is only a passive voice statement. I got it A is the correct answer.
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Explaining that one of its many difficulties had been the recent growing injury list among starting players, the minor league baseball team said it would start a month-long search for better physical trainers and physicians.

its many difficulties had been the recent
its many difficulties has been the recently
its many difficulties is the recently
their many difficulties is the recent
their many difficulties had been the recent

Can any1 explain me why recently cant modify growing injury list??Wil be realy thankful
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Explaining that one of its many difficulties had been the recent growing injury list among starting players, the minor league baseball team said it would start a month-long search for better physical trainers and physicians.

its many difficulties had been the recent
its many difficulties has been the recently
its many difficulties is the recently
their many difficulties is the recent
their many difficulties had been the recent

Can any1 explain me why recently cant modify growing injury list??Wil be realy thankful

SKamal...please underline the quesyions before posting and do always mention the source.

There are two 3:2 splits in the sentence.
i)"its" vs "their"
ii) "recent" vs "recently"

See, the construction is either [adverb +adjective+noun] or [adjective + adjective+ noun]. These two phrase do not mean the same. Pick the one that reflects the author's intent.

Recent modifies entire "growing list" i.e. talks in such a manner that there are several growing lists and among these, we are concerned with only the recent one.
Whereas "recently" modifies "growing". We are talking about one list which has been recently growing.

I am leaving this to you to choose among these two.

Now coming to the other split, its quite easy in that it has been explicitly mentioned that we are talking about a single league. Hence the pronoun has to be singular.

Also "had been" sounds correct because in the later part of the sentence "said" is used. To indicate sequence of events, "had" is used.

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Recently can't modify the "growing injury list" because "growing injury list" is a noun and it can't be modified by an adverb.
An adverb can modify other things but noun.
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Dude said is a simple past tense so to indicate two past tense had been should be used to make sense.

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