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The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2009, 10:14
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723. 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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Re: bilingual education [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2009, 12:17
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723. 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


Excellent and confusing question. I applied MGMAT SC categorization and noticed no errors. Basically this is possibly a verb tense issue or an idiom issue. crucial-in is the correct idiom, check this http://catindiaonline.wordpress.com/200 ... notes-iii/ and browser search (Ctrl + F) for "crucial".
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Re: bilingual education [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2009, 10:29
oa is a thanks
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Re: bilingual education [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2009, 01:18
crucial in is the correct idiom.
bilingual education is still debatable-so has been is the correct usage.
My ans is A.
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Re: bilingual education [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2010, 16:30
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723. 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


The use of has become is loggically more sound here. It correctly implies that it started in the past and continues into the present.

I'll go with D. E is wordier.
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Re: bilingual education [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2010, 07:44
Still confused between answers A and D.
Can anyone please explain why you think D is wrong?
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Re: bilingual education [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2010, 18:24
I was with D, but after seeing OA as A.

Let me try to defeat D

In D "become crucial..." changes the original meaning of the sentence. "Become" indicates a change over time.

"Been crucial..." indicates an on-going situation.
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"crucial in" is the correct idiom

"has been"......makes sense.

A it is.
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Re: bilingual education [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2010, 15:13
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Re: bilingual education [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2011, 09:40
no error A is good correct idiom
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Re: The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2014, 05:35
Can somebody please explain which is the correct idiomatic expression.. (1) Binding together xyz or (2) Binding xyz together?

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