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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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06 Aug 2006, 13:14
ps_dahiya wrote:
Futuristic wrote:
I beg to differ. There's nothing wrong with recently extended sales slump. Its just that it renders the meaning of the sentence nonsensical. Its like saying that a bad sales patch was extended.

For example, I think the sentence:

I often feel that my recently extended working hours are proving tiresome.

is perfectly fine.

Just my 2 cents.

"extended" in your example is used as a verb and "recently" is correctly modifying "extended"

I often feel that my recently extended "working hours" are proving tiresome.

If we use "extended" as adjective then the sentence becomes:
I feel that my recent "extended working hours" are proving tiresome.

Makes sense???

True. All I'm saying is that in the given problem, option B is grammatically correct, but changes the meaning of the sentence to be something else. Hope this is clear. I did pick A as the answer too, in case you think I'm arguing against the OA. Just explaining my reasoning.
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06 Aug 2006, 19:33
Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent extended sales slump in womenâ€™s apparel, the seven-store retailer said it would start a three-month liquidation sale in all of its stores.

1) "ITS" agrees with - said "it" would start.

2) "recent" modifies "extended sales slump".

3) I beleive a better choice would be: "its many problems HAS been the recent". Because, the statements sounds continuity of the slump into the present.

Best choice: A.
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06 Aug 2006, 20:18
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i have a question: isn't "the seven-store retailer" a person? if so, then why it and not he/she?

walmart is a retailer.

not necessarily one of the waltons.
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07 Mar 2008, 14:47
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

In this question, I chose option B, but the OA is A. I chose B because when I look at the noun phrase that is not underlined, "extended sales slump", I analysed it as follows:

slump= noun

extended = also adjective? cause i find it weird to have an adjective standing next to another adjective cause they never modify each other, so "extended" must be an adverb.

Therefore, I concluded that whatever I choose, whether it's "recent" or "recently", one of them must the proper adverb because adverbs can modify other adverbs. I chose B thinking that "recently" is an adverb. But since the OA is A, is "recent" actually an adverb?
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07 Mar 2008, 23:20
every thing in the sentance makes sence......gramatically......"its" goes with the seven-srore and had been the recent goes with would start .......the ans has to b A....
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07 Mar 2008, 23:43
Thanks and I agree with you. But I want to differentiate between the usage of "recent" and "recently". Are they both adverbs but used in different context? or is it that "recent" is an adverb, whereas "recently" is an adjective? I just need a clarification on the usage of "recent" and "recently."
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08 Mar 2008, 04:50
If "recent" is an adjective, then why is it placed right before another adjective "extended"? Adjectives don't modify other adjectives. On the other hand, an adverb can be placed right before other adverbs or adjectives because it can modified them. hmm...
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08 Mar 2008, 22:33
no, "extended" is past participle, which is used as an adjective. I'll give you an example:

The broken window

the word "broken" is a past participle, hence an adjective, which describes the noun "window." I'm not talking about any window here, but rather the broken one.
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10 Mar 2008, 02:58
What I do know for sure is that there are two usages for the past participle:
1) either as an adjective to describe its attached noun (notice how I just used the word "attached" in this sentence).
example:
a) the broken plane is repaired.
Note: both the "broken" and "repaired" are used to describe the noun "plane."

b) The trained police dog.
Note: "trained" is used to describe the noun "dog."

2) The past participle can be used as a verb ONLY when it is constructed in the past perfect construction.
example:
a) I had EATEN when Tom arrived.
this is the past perfect construction that describes a completed action in the past before another action on the past. According to our example, it means that I finished eating in the past before Tom arrive in the past.

Hope that helps
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11 May 2008, 01:35
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 2008, 04:49
A is right - correct usage of past perfect. DE have subject verb issues, BC have tense issues.
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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 2008, 06:03
My ans is C.

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
if we use 'had been' which means the problem no more exists and thus it wouldnt make sense to use 'would start' in the 2nd part of the sentence.
(B) its many problems has been the recently
same reason as option 1.
(C) its many problems is the recently
the problem still exists therefore 'is' should be used.
(D) their many problems is the recent
usage of the pronoun 'their' is incorrect ... retailer stores cannot use pronoun their .. even in the second half of the sentence 'it' replaces the retailer stores
(E) their many problems had been the recent
usage of the pronoun their is incorrect
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11 May 2008, 06:55
I choose A.

(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

The past perfect tense is needed here because 2 things happened in the past : 1) the recent extended sales slump and 2) the company's announcement.
The "had been" is needed to provide ordering for the 2 events.[ 1) happened earlier and then 2) ]
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11 May 2008, 07:54
I have an issue with A, can someone correct me ?

A says : recent extended sales slump.

So I think we need an adverb, recently to describe extended. What I am doing wrong here ?
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11 May 2008, 07:58
The store started having problems, after the extended sales slump. It did not happen before the extended sales slump. So I am not able to justify the usage of past perfect tense here ?

bsd_lover wrote:
A is right - correct usage of past perfect. DE have subject verb issues, BC have tense issues.
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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 2008, 08:08
Yavasani,
You can have more than one adjective describing the noun.

Apparently there is a rule that describes this ordering.
[ Feelings, Size, Age, Shape, Color, Origin, Material, Purpose and then the noun or pronoun.]

I found the above rule on a site which I shall post here only if it will not be construed as spam. ( I am in no way associated with the site in question. )
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The section on "Using Multiple Adjectives"
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12 May 2008, 21:27
No yavasani, the problems occurred before the company reported them. The report is the new event and the problems the past event.

yavasani wrote:
The store started having problems, after the extended sales slump. It did not happen before the extended sales slump. So I am not able to justify the usage of past perfect tense here ?

bsd_lover wrote:
A is right - correct usage of past perfect. DE have subject verb issues, BC have tense issues.
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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 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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