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The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of whether the United States should foster the idea of single common language, an idea, some believe, that has in the past been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together.

(A) been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together
(B) been crucial as a binding together of diverse constituencies
(C) been crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse
(D) become crucial in binding together diverse constituencies
(E) become crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse

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25 Feb 2006, 12:06
(A) been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together
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25 Feb 2006, 18:08
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B, D and E are out at first glance. "crucial in binding" is the correct usage so C is out.
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25 Feb 2006, 19:54
....has been.... present perfect tense
....crucial in..... correct idiom

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25 Feb 2006, 21:27
CAN YOU GUYS EXPLAIN THE REASON ...

AND WHY "BEEN" NOT "BECOME"
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25 Feb 2006, 23:01
(A) been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together-
--> correct usage

(B) been crucial as a binding together of diverse constituencies
--> "crucial as a binding" is not proper grammar

(C) been crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse
--> "crucial to bind" is again not good grammar in this context

(D) become crucial in binding together diverse constituencies
(E) become crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse

--> for both "become" is wrong because of the tense used here
"that has" is present tense
"become" means "come to be". it puts an end to the process.
"been" is past tense and continuing.
Here the sentence conveys "The debate over something centers around.." This is the present tense, so a continuing tense is more approprite for the later part of the sentence... "has been and will continue to do so.."
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26 Feb 2006, 21:20
gmat_crack wrote:
CAN YOU GUYS EXPLAIN THE REASON ...

AND WHY "BEEN" NOT "BECOME"

gmat_crack wrote:
The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of whether the United States should foster the idea of single common language, an idea, some believe, that has in the past been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together.

(A) been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together
(B) been crucial as a binding together of diverse constituencies
(C) been crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse
(D) become crucial in binding together diverse constituencies
(E) become crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse

Look at the latter part of the sentence...take out the junk in between words (in the past)

'has been crucial' sounds better than 'has become crucial' because 'in the past' indicates past tense..and 'has become' indicates present/future
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