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The science of economics, which for four decades was [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2011, 04:50
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The science of economics, which for four decades was dominated by Keynesians, who at first stressed the government’s role in stimulating the economy but who were ultimately led away from solutions based on government intervention.
A) economics, which for four decades was
B) economics that was to be
C) economics, one which has, for decades, been
D) economics is one that for four decades has been
E) economics, for four decades, is on that was
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Re: Keynesian Economics [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2011, 09:09
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The point is that choices A, B, and C are fragments without a working verb for the subject; D is the correct one because it uses the right tense of the verb ‘has been’, for an event that began four decides ago, and that continues.

The present perfect is strongly indicated by the prepositional phrase ‘for four decades’

Any allusion to Keynesians in the modifier clause started by the pronoun who , should be simply ignored as irrelevant to the main intent of the topic.

E (Incidentally there is a typo and it should be ‘one’ and not ‘on’) is good enough for grammar, but it is not clear what the prepositional modifier ‘for four decades’ is modifying. It wrongly seems to fall on the science rather than domination. Hence, E can be dropped

D remains the preferred choice.
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Re: Keynesian Economics [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2011, 04:16
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