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# Simple Past vesus Ongoing action versus Present Perfect

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08 Nov 2004, 11:16
Bringing the Ford Motor Company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second war was a special governmentally sanctioned price increase during a period of wage and price controls.

(A) Bringing the Ford Motor Company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second world war was a special governmentally sanctioned price increase during a period of wage and price controls

(B) What brought the Ford company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second war was a special price increase that the government sanctioned during a period of wage and price controls

(C) That which brought the Ford Motor company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second world war was a special governmentally sanctioned price increase during a period of wage and price controls

(D) What has brought the Ford Motor Company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second war was a special price increase that the government sanctioned during a period of wage and price controls

(E) To bring the Ford Motor company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second world, there was a special price increase during a period of wages and price controls that government sanctioned.
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08 Nov 2004, 11:27
Bringing, To bring and That which...surely sound terrible.

b/w B and D. B is a clear winner.
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08 Nov 2004, 11:37
This is an OG question.
Herez a tip from OG that will help us understand why Venks is right.

It may help to imagine a simplified version of the sentence and substitute the other answer choices for "The price increase was what brought..."
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22 Jul 2007, 16:26
mbassmbass04 wrote:
Bringing the Ford Motor Company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second war was a special governmentally sanctioned price increase during a period of wage and price controls.

(A) (Bringing the Ford Motor Company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second world war) was a special governmentally sanctioned price increase during a period of wage and price controls
This gerund phrase changes the meaning of the sentence.

(B) What brought the Ford company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second war was a special price increase that the government sanctioned during a period of wage and price controls

(C) That which brought the Ford Motor company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second world war was a special governmentally sanctioned price increase during a period of wage and price controls

(D) What has brought the Ford Motor Company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second war was a special price increase that the government sanctioned during a period of wage and price controls

(E) To bring the Ford Motor company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second world, there was a special price increase during a period of wages and price controls that government sanctioned.
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22 Jul 2007, 16:43
Clear B.

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22 Jul 2007, 17:05
What brought the Ford company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second war was a special price increase

(The price increase) brought the Ford company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the second war.... [was a special price increase].
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23 Jul 2007, 08:15
narrow to B & D.

D indicates 'has brought' which shows the action has completed in the past but this price increase caused Ford to return from verge of bankruptcy and stay that way, hence 'has brought' is not correct.

Can someone verify if the above explanation is the correct way to think when comparing answers B & D and eliminating D??

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24 Jul 2007, 10:41
B it is.
'Has brought' indicates the action started in the past and still goes on...this is wrong as the company was brought out of that terrible cond. is the past.
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24 Jul 2007, 11:05
Has bought is a perfect present tense.

B keeps the sentence in the same tense that is past. So it's the correct choice
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30 Aug 2011, 08:01
I go with B
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