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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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24 May 2003, 01:11
Yes. I was slightly confused between A and E. Can you help me as to why it should be A ?
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24 May 2003, 04:38
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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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13 Apr 2004, 09:01
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 mnth liquidation sale in all of its stores.

b)its many problems has been the recenlty
c) its many problems is the recently
d)their many problmes is the recent

pls explain ??
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I will choose B. Here is my explanation:

A) Not 'A' because it contains 'had been' which means that the problems existed sometime in the past. But the word 'recent' contradicts that. Moreover it should be recently, not recent.
B) 'B' because the problems have been there for some time and 'recently' is the right word.
C) C is close. But i did not go for it because it is in the simple present tense. I believe that the retailer has been having problems for a while and recent extended sale slump is the recent addition to that list of problems. Hence a past perfect tense seems appropriate and B is the one that shows that.
D) No chance of D because of the word 'their' (plural), whereas retailer is singular.

I hope I am right. Correct me if I am wrong.
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13 Apr 2004, 10:59
B is what i chose..too
but its not right it seems..OA is diff.
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13 Apr 2004, 11:05
shubhangi wrote:
B is what i chose..too
but its not right it seems..OA is diff.

In that case, I think the answer should be C because this is my second-best choice. I hope I am right this time.
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13 Apr 2004, 11:21
Recently modifies extended so my next choice would be A... final answer.
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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.
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Paul said it all. I missed this one.

"extended sales slump" is a noun but I mistook it for "extended" being adjective modifying noun "sales slump"
If it were an adjective then "recently" can modify it.
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13 Apr 2004, 14:01
Ahhh... I see. Thanks for the clarification Paul! All those years of watching tv are finally catching up to me
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21 May 2004, 13:47
isn't it B?

Recently extended sales slump
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03 Sep 2004, 05:34
108. 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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03 Sep 2004, 06:45
Just an guess, I think answer D.

I think you can use their instead of its. Their refers to stores.
I also think you should use recent instead of recently.

My grammar explanation is not that well. My apologies.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

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03 Sep 2004, 12:49
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It's b/w A and B. I would go with B
D and E are out because seven-store retailer is singular
C uses improper present tense while the set context is simple past
A and B's difference is subtle.
Each verb tenses past and present perfect have their own merit and are both good depending on the meaning that we want to confer to the sentence. The question is, do we say:
A) the recent extended sales slump in women's apparel
B) the recently extended sales slump in women's apparel

I believe that the adverbial form "recently" better applies and modifies verb "extended". It means that the "extension of the sale slump" was recent as opposed to A which says that the "sale slump" itself was recent.
Hard to explain further than that, it's just a hunch I had for B. I could be wrong.
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03 Sep 2004, 17:53
I would pick A but for the opposite reason. The retailer is starting a sale because of the recent sales slump not for the extension of the sales slump which was recent.

I vaguely recall reading this question in one of the books (princeton?).

Agree with the reasons on the other choices.

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108. 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 This sounds right(B) its many problems has been the recentlythis is wrong because, the exteded sales alump in women's aparralle acts like a noun clause. We cannot modify a noun or a noun clause with an adverb as in this choice. Secondly the choice has been does not sound right to me because there was a sale slump before the problem and therefore, this choice does not properly establish the sequence of events events.C) its many problems is the recently This must be eliminated
(D) their many problems is the recent this must be eliminated
(E) their many problems had been the recent. this must be eliminated
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I ve still trouble with this 2 years old post!

I agree with the tense, but my problem concerns "its".
Normally the pronoun IT refers to non-humans and HE, to human beings.

Thus, i didn't choose A, but E, which is wrong.

Can someone please explain me why ITS instead of HIS, is correct?
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- their is wrong. d is out.
- 'recently extended' is not idiomatic. b,c is out
- 'has been' is wrong as we need to show that the slump occured before the sale. e is out.

A is the best
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29 May 2006, 06:33
E should be correct as the action described began in the past but is still going on at this time

On reviewing the other comments, the action is past...so had is necessary. I see where I made the mistake now.
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