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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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11 May 2013, 22:49
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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31 Aug 2013, 11:20
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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

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03 Sep 2013, 10:31
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

Hi,
Isnt't extended an adjetive here and recently, which is an adverb, is modifying it ?
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02 Apr 2014, 12:07
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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08 Apr 2014, 01:30
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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19 May 2014, 17:04
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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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08 Aug 2014, 12:35
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 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

1.Something happened so SSR would do something. [Cause and Event]. Since cause is finished C is out.
Between A and B:
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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15 Oct 2014, 05:45
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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11 Dec 2014, 08:02
In option 'B',...recently extended sales slump..",verb 'recently' modifies the adjective 'extended' and 'extended' modifies 'sales slump' right?

What is the difference between recent extended sales slump and recently extended sales slump?

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11 Dec 2014, 09:41
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In option 'B',...recently extended sales slump..",verb 'recently' modifies the adjective 'extended' and 'extended' modifies 'sales slump' right?

What is the difference between recent extended sales slump and recently extended sales slump?

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First of all it all depends on the context and meaning of the sentence.

"Recently extended sales" is of the form Adverb - Adjective - Noun.
"Recent extended sales" is of the form Adjective - Adjective - Noun.

We have to understand the meaning here.

If we go by the Second statement then recent modifies sales slump. Though technically "Recent sales slump" is correct but here in this case "Recently" needs to modify "Extended".

There is really no other distinguishing parameter here other than understanding the meaning.

In GMAT, Adjective - Adjective - Noun is correct and Adverb - Adjective - Noun is also correct. But which to use when depends on the context.

Also, other things to look at in the above sentence.

Present + Future -------------------- is correct.
Past + Conditional ---------------------is correct.

Only above conditions are possible.
Present + Conditional---------------------------- is wrong.
Past + Future ------------------------------------ is wrong.

Use of their vs it/its

Here we have to look at the non - underlined part.

The non underlined part " the seven-store retailer said it would start a three-month liquidation sale in all of its stores"
uses it /its, hence we have to use it in the underlined part. This is the basic rule of pronoun agreement.

Pronoun must refer to the same subject. Here subject is "Seven Store Retailer"
Pronoun must agree in number. It is singular and their is plural. both cant refer to same antecedent "Seven Store Retailer".

Hence, correct OA is A.
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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

D and E are wrong because of 'their' - which has no antecedent.
B and C are wrong because adverb 'recently' is modifying noun 'extended sales slump'.
A is correct
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Yes A is the answer. "recently" is an adverb and cannot modify a noun, it can only modify a verb
I recently modified two customer files (recently plays the role of an adverb and modifies the verb "modified")
The recent modification to two customer files (recent plays the role of an adjective and modifies the noun "modification")

In the above example "extended sales slump" is a noun and cannot be modified by an adverb. Hence, the use of "recently" in B and C is wrong. The use of "had been" is fine for the sales slump might no longer exist but it could still have brought about the liquidation sales at the retailer.

In the example, sales slump is the noun, extended is an adjective describing the sales slump, and recently is an adverb modifying extended, which as an adverb it can.
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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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19 Apr 2015, 20:14
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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

if one option had been like

its many problems had been the recently

then which one is correct Option A or new one, I mean which one is better the recent or recently
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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

D & E are out because of "their", the non-underlined part specifically mentions the word "it" to refer to the retailer.

B & C are out based on the intended meaning of the statement.
The "recentLY" extended sales slump implies that the retailer itself extended the slump.. which would be illogical.
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anupag wrote:
Yes. I was slightly confused between A and E. Can you help me as to why it should be A ?

The original sentence is in past tense.
Thus, the underline sentence have to be in past perfect to illustrate
the cause sequence of event.

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29 Mar 2016, 23:39
Correct me if i'm wrong.

But the reason why i chose A for this Question :

The singular pronoun "its" correctly refers to singular subject "Retailer". "their" is plural , hence we can eliminate D,E
"Recently " is an adverb and cannot modify noun "slump" . Eliminate B, C.

Now my question is would the following sent be correct :
Reporting that one of its many problems "has" 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.

is it necessary to have the "had been" structure in the following sentence.?
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Correct me if i'm wrong.

But the reason why i chose A for this Question :

The singular pronoun "its" correctly refers to singular subject "Retailer". "their" is plural , hence we can eliminate D,E
"Recently " is an adverb and cannot modify noun "slump" . Eliminate B, C.

Now my question is would the following sent be correct :
Reporting that one of its many problems "has" 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.

is it necessary to have the "had been" structure in the following sentence.?

The verb "had been" is within a statement ("said") that happened in the past. This implies that the verb "had been" occurred prior to another verb in the past "said". Hence past perfect is mandatory.

For example:

1. I say that I was happy, but I will be sad.... correct
2. I said that I had been happy, but I would be sad.. correct
3. I said that I was happy, but I will be sad... wrong

Whenever a verb is within a statement in past, we need to take the verb one step back, i.e. simple past would become past perfect, future (will) would become conditional tense (would).
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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

1. We need a singular pronoun as we are talking about "seven-store retailer"
Eliminate options D and E

2. Recently is a adverb and it cannot modify a noun: "extended sales slump".
Eliminate options B and C

Correct Option: A
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