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Most kindergarteners appear to have a desire to learn, but

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Most kindergarteners appear to have a desire to learn, but kindergarteners with specifically planned diets were determined to have increased abilities for sitting still for extended periods.

(A) were determined to have increased abilities
(B) have been determined to have an increased ability
(C) were determined to have an increasing ability
(D) had been determined to have increased abilities
(E) have been determined to have increasing abilities
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Re: kindergartener's [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 02:41
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B is the choice for using the present perfect in the second part paralleling a simple present used in the first part and rightly describing the ability as increased abilities rather than the inappropriate increasing abilities, a phrase more suited for an ongoing affairs.
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Re: kindergartener's [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 10:27
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Re: kindergartener's [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 16:56
B. For two reasons, parallelism and number of ability. We are only talking about one ability - "ability to sit for longer hours".
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Re: kindergartener's [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 19:45
its B for me.
present continuous HAVE BEEN seems a proper fit and "increasing abilities for sitting" is not parallel with the sentence structure so IMO B
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Re: kindergartener's [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 20:09
I answered B.

Most kindergarteners appear to have a desire to learn,.... (appear = present tense)

Cross out A, C and D for being written in past tense.
(A) were determined to have increased abilities
(C) were determined to have an increasing ability
(D) had been determined to have increased abilities

Between B and E.
(B) have been determined to have an increased ability
(E) have been determined to have increasing abilities

(B) 'increased' modifies ability clearly as the result of specifically planned diets
(E) 'increasing' is awkward as the result of specifically planned diets as the present participle increasing would mean that ability is still increasing.

So B.

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Most kindergarteners appear to have a desire to learn, but kindergarteners following specifically planned diets were determined to have increased abilities for sitting still for extended periods.

I would have chosen E.
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