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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2006, 06:32
amansingla4 wrote:
How do you know that Hughes is not alive?


Exactly. Along those lines, how do we know whether or not this sentence was composed while Hughes was still alive?

(A) still seems plausible
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2006, 08:53
Absolutely E.

The lifespan has been specified, implying that the tense should be in the past. Between C and E, would select C because he would publish throughout his lifespan, and not publish and stop.
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Re: SC:Hughes [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2006, 14:39
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Over his 65-year life span, Hughes, one of America’s most enduring writers and a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s, will have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.


A. will have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
B. is publishing hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
C. would have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
D. will publish hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
E. would publish hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.

Edit(giddi77): Underlined the appropriate portion of the original sentence


My choice is E. If you know the length of a person's life, you know he or she is dead. This clearly means we are discussing the past tense. This eliminates A, B and D. I picked E over C because C introduces perfect past without really needing it.


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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2006, 11:46
it is really between c and E

its E because we say

after injury ........he would then go on and score two more goals

we know the game is over.

not 'he would have ....................................
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2006, 11:53
The answer is still not resolved, cud someone shed some more lighton whethe we shud go with "would" or "would have" .What's the basic diff??
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gmatmba wrote:
From another thread:

"OA is E.

The best answer is E. Choices A, B and D use tenses that can only be used for the living. Hughes, the subject of the sentence, is deceased, as is evidenced by the sentence. Choice C sets up a condition would have published... but the condition is then not specified."

But we should continue discussing...


Used the exact same logic. This sentence is introducing the life of Hughs, so the modal "would" is appropriately used. Like a tour guide speaking about his biography...

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2006, 01:35
E is the only one that makes sense here. We often use 'would' to look into the future from the past, often to be dramatic.

For example:

Jane knew that it would take a long time.


They had lunch at KFC. Thankfully, it would be the last time they did so.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2006, 01:39
thanks Matt and Kevit ... your explanations have helped ..
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