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Last year, searching for a method to motivate her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but always obtained the same student performance.

A. for a method to motivate her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but always obtained the same student performance
B. for a method for motivating her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but had always obtained the same student performance
C. to find a method to motivate her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks, but had always obtained the same student performance
D. to find a method to motivate her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but always obtained the same student performance
E. for a method to motivate her failings students, the teacher had attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but was always obtaining the same student performance
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10 Jul 2011, 20:23
I thought A was correct.. isnt 'searching to find a method' redundant? Whenever one searches, one searches to find only! can you please provide the official explanation?
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10 Jul 2011, 20:48
I go with D .

you search 'to find' something
Simple past is the correct tense.
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10 Jul 2011, 21:18
Its from Kaplan Free Exam. There is no explanation.
I agree searching and to find are redundant, but thats was the official answer when I wrote the exam.
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10 Jul 2011, 23:57
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Last year, searching for a method to motivate her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but always obtained the same student performance.

A. for a method to motivate her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but always obtained the same student performance
B. for a method for motivating her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but had always obtained the same student performance
C. to find a method to motivate her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks, but had always obtained the same student performance
D. to find a method to motivate her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but always obtained the same student performance
E. for a method to motivate her failings students, the teacher had attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but was always obtaining the same student performance

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11 Jul 2011, 05:05
One doubt with option A... shouldn't it be the teacher had attempted... because it had happened in the previous year and after she attempted new methods, she obtained the same student performance..

Here obtained follows the teacher's attempt in time.. and both are in past tense.. teacher's attempts being the first action in the past and obtained is the result of that action... so should not past perfect be used for teacher's attempts???
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11 Jul 2011, 22:50
+1 for A,

when you are searching, you are trying to find something, so isn't "to find" in D redundant?
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12 Jul 2011, 01:19
Clear A.

searching to find definitely looks redundant. Calling IanStewart..

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12 Jul 2011, 09:28
A for me too. 'Searching to find' is clearly redundant.
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When you say "Kaplan Free Exam," you mean the free sample tests that we've been putting up on a regular basis for the past few weeks, correct?

Because if so, then I suspect you're right. Just like the GMAT test-makers, Kaplan needs to test our problems to catch errors and test the difficulty of new material. The free practice sets were offered to students to help them practice, since test-like problems under timed condition are key to improving your score, but the students who took these test-exams in turn are helping Kaplan produce the best material possible by catching errors like these. Thanks to you, we almost certainly have caught this error already by the statistical variance in the data, but I'll make sure the academics team is aware that there seems to be a problem; we'll make sure it's fixed before it shows up in any fully scored and graded activities.

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17 Jul 2011, 08:38
Why not E?

Since "had attempted" shows that she attempted something and failed.
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17 Jul 2011, 09:14
I go with "D", Starts with "to find" rather than "for a method" and uses the simple past tense.
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08 Nov 2011, 08:53

But why not B?
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In the logical scheme of things - Obtaining the same student performance should occur after the teachers attempts to implement a method. Hence wrf to B - Had always obtained is incorrect.

It should be Had attempted --- > always obtained.

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A. for a method to motivate her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but always obtained the same student performance

B. for a method for motivating her failing students, the teacher attempted to implement a different teaching method every four weeks but had always obtained the same student performance
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08 Dec 2011, 03:57
15 sec for A. C, D, and E is redundant, searching to find. Method for motivating students change the meaning (choice B). So, A is correct.
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08 Dec 2011, 06:03
+1 A to; no need for had attempted as we dont need to show sequencing in this sentence.
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06 Jan 2012, 22:04
do we need past perfect? i am with A.
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06 Jan 2012, 22:48
+ 1 for A,to find and had are redundant and wrong tense respectively.
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