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Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent [#permalink] New post 23 May 2003, 01:43
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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
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Re: Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent [#permalink] New post 11 May 2013, 21:49
The use of double past in this case is because the word reporting has been used in the beginning of the sentence ...if anything is Being reported then the tense will shift one form is the past i.e. present will become past and past will become double past ...the second difference is between pronoun usage it's and Their -"it's " is correct in this scenario
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Re: Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2013, 10:20
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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
its

here's my take:

its vs their::

the retail store is it : eliminate their

now we have abc here recent/ recently : adj vs adv : adv is recently can't modify a noun


b, c eliminated


answer is A
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Re: Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2013, 09:31
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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


Hi,
Isnt't extended an adjetive here and recently, which is an adverb, is modifying it ?
Please confirm !!
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Re: Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2014, 11:07
Recent and recently – change the meaning of the sentence. Sentence intends to say that the recent extended sales slump– extended sales slump is a recent event; recently extended sales slump– suggests the sales were going on for a while and have been recently extended..

Reporting that indicates that something is being reported.. and extended sales is in “Past tense”..thus Past Perfect should be used... As the usage of Past tense with Present Perfect (has been) or Present (is)..should be incorrect..

Confusion – could lie in seven store retailer and the use of “its”. Read some posts and as stated its representing a company and not a person and for that reason “its” use is valid.
“Its” should be used because ‘its’ is referring to the seven store retailer and not retailers, as its reflected in the later part of the sentence as well…the usage of “its stores”…
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Re: Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2014, 00:30
Had been is correct usage of verb as the sentence is in past indirect speech form..IMO A is the correct choice.
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Re: Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent [#permalink] New post 19 May 2014, 16:04
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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



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Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2014, 11:35
I still don't get it ! The only reason to choose choice B was for me the Past past tense, "had" --- but I thought recently is the right adverb + extended is an adj....
sales slump is a compound noun , extended is an adjective and we should use recently as an adverb that modifies extended
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Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2014, 06:58
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Reporting that
one of its many problems had been the recent extended sales slump in women's apparel,
the seven-store retailer
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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

1.Something happened so SSR would do something. [Cause and Event]. Since cause is finished C is out.
Between A and B:
1. Recent-> Adj Vs Recently->Adv.
2. Recent in A modifies (noun) sales slump where as recently modifies (adj) extended.[grammatically correct.]
3. B means that sale slump has been recently extended whereas intended meaning is that recent sale slump has been extended [differ in meaning. To be frank i really had tough time in identifying the logical error.Thanks to Gmac for putting this along with tense error.].
4. Usage of has been(present) with (past) said is wrong in B. A fixes this by putting had been (past) which means cause finished before verb (past) said.
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Re: Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2014, 04:45
Sameer wrote:
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


A) recent extended sales slump - recent modifies the sales slump since it is an adjective.

B) recently extended sales slump - recently modifies extended since it is an adverb, and changes the meaning to the sales slump was purposefully extended recently.

Hence A is better than B
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