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The Department of Agriculture slowly succeeded in convincing [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2013, 21:35
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The Department of Agriculture slowly succeeded in convincing farmers to try approaches other than the single-crop farming that they had used for many years.

convincing farmers to try approaches other than the single-crop farming that they had used
convincing farmers to try approaches other than the single-crop farming that they used
their attempt to convince farmers to try approaches other than the single-crop farming that they had used
their attempt to convince farmers to try approaches other than the single-crop farming that they used
convincing farmers to try approaches other than the single-crop farming that has been in use for many years
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Why not A ,how A symbolizes an ambiguous pronoun they,it logically refers back to farmers .
The explanation states that "they" in A is ambiguous.How in this world this is ambiguous.
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Re: The Department of Agriculture slowly [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 12:32
Well, I did not not choose A because of tense error they had used past perfect tense is not required to indicate a event that started in the past and probably continues in the present ie single crop farming
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Re: The Department of Agriculture slowly [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 20:33
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Well, I did not not choose A because of tense error they had used past perfect tense is not required to indicate a event that started in the past and probably continues in the present ie single crop farming


The Department of Agriculture slowly succeeded in convincing farmers to try approaches other than the single-crop farming that they had used for many years.


When DOA already succeeded in convincing to try other approaches than how "single crop farming" should take has been?????

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Re: The Department of Agriculture slowly [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 22:45
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dentobizz wrote:
Well, I did not not choose A because of tense error they had used past perfect tense is not required to indicate a event that started in the past and probably continues in the present ie single crop farming


The Department of Agriculture slowly succeeded in convincing farmers to try approaches other than the single-crop farming that they had used for many years.


When DOA already succeeded in convincing to try other approaches than how "single crop farming" should take has been?????

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When DOA was attempting to convince the farmers, the farmers were still using the conventional approach of farming. This conventional approach had started in the past and continued till the DOA succeeded in convincing the farmers, so the continuous forms must be used. But I think it should be "had been" instead of "has been".
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Re: The Department of Agriculture slowly [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 23:03
When DOA was attempting to convince the farmers, the farmers were still using the conventional approach of farming. This conventional approach had started in the past and continued till the DOA succeeded in convincing the farmers, so the continuous forms must be used. But I think it should be "had been" instead of "has been".

The what is the issue with this one
The Department of Agriculture slowly succeeded in convincing farmers to try approaches other than the single-crop farming that they had used for many years.


succeeded = Past tense
had used = Past Perfect

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