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Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2009, 09:23
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Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has been the recent unexpected failure of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, the Hubble engineering team requested additional funding to develop more reliable instruments.

(A) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recent
(B) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recently
(C) its more debilitating setbacks is the recent
(D) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recent
(E) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recently
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Re: its/their.. has/had.. recent/recently [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2009, 09:37
THEIR/ITS REFERS TO "TEAM" WHICH IS A COLLECTIVE NOUN AND HENCE SINGULAR
SO ITS IS THE CORRECT OPTION
A) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recent
OUT SINCE "THEIR" IS INCORRECT
(B) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recently
OUT SINCE "THEIR" IS INCORRECT
(C) its more debilitating setbacks is the recent
"RECENT" SUGGESTS AND CALLS FOR A PAST PERFECT USAGE
PRESENT TENSE "IS" IS INCORRECT..OUT
(D) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recent
CORRECT
(E) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recently

RECENTLY CANNOT PRECEDE A NOUN "FAILURE"..OUT
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Re: its/their.. has/had.. recent/recently [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2009, 09:44
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bingo! detailed explanation (you already have the gist) from the Knewton mock-test:

There are two grammatical mistakes in this sentence, one concerning the possessive pronoun "their" and one concerning the improper tense in the phrase "has been."

A good idea whenever you run into possessive pronouns like “its” or “their” is to ask to what antecedent the “its”/”their” refers. In this case, their refers to the Hubble engineering team, which is a collective noun that is grammatically singular even though it refers to a group of people. Thus, the correct pronoun should be its rather than their. This first correction narrows our answer choices down to C, D, and E.

Answer choice C is different from D and E in its use of the verb is rather than had been. When two actions take place in the past, the perfect past tense had + [past-tense verb] is used to describe the action that was completed before another past event took place (which takes the simple past). Consider the sentence "It had been raining all day, so Liz finally opened her umbrella." In this case, the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph failed before the engineering team requested more funds, so both the original has been and the present tense verb is in choice C would be incorrect in this case. Thus, we’ll use had been, which corresponds to answer choices D and E.

The difference between D and E is the use of the original adjective recent (D) versus the adverb recently (E). Because this word describes the noun failure and not the adjective unexpected, and failure is a noun, recent is the better option (remember, adjectives describe nouns).

Thus, the correct answer choice is D, which corrects both the possessive pronoun and the verb tense error and keeps the correct adjective, recent.
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Re: its/their.. has/had.. recent/recently [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2009, 09:51
Excellent :)
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Re: its/their.. has/had.. recent/recently [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 05:41
Good question and very good explanation. +1 for gmattokyo
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Re: its/their.. has/had.. recent/recently [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 06:24
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D is correct because, you need singular pronoun to refer team and also clarity in the tense and it clearly states that setbacks happened before requesting for funds.
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Re: its/their.. has/had.. recent/recently [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 23:05
gmattokyo,

Good one!

I notice you gave away the key words in subject line; suggest not to please ...
lets keep the difficulty level intact and have all of us sweat for our money's worth to solve it...!
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Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2012, 06:06
Guys m confused between D & E

if unexpected is adjective than we will select adverb to modify it.

But if unexpected failure is noun we will use adjective --recent

But we can also use two adjectives in a row as recent unexpected failure.

Now which case to consider....
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Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2012, 23:47
unexpected failure is a compound noun and hence only recent which is an adjective must be used !!
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Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 02:11
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Guys m confused between D & E

if unexpected is adjective than we will select adverb to modify it.

But if unexpected failure is noun we will use adjective --recent

But we can also use two adjectives in a row as recent unexpected failure.

Now which case to consider....


'Recent' modifies 'Failure' -not 'unexpected'.
So 'Recent' is the adjective in this example.
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Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 06:10
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Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has been the recent unexpected failure of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, the Hubble engineering team requested additional funding to develop more reliable instruments.

(A) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recent
(B) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recently
(C) its more debilitating setbacks is the recent
(D) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recent
(E) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recently



here we are talking about the Hubble Engineering Team and it is a group and hence we should use SINGULAR term... hence A & B options are eliminated.

C: CORRECT
D: had been... ... WRONG
E: recently unexpected.. improper use of adjective.. WRONG
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Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 12:03
Good explaination, I did not see it as D until explained. Thanks.
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Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2012, 06:39
I am still confused. I vouch for C.

"Expressions of time. A sentence should include only one such expression." from Manhattan strategy guide. Should had+recent be two timing words, hence c?
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