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Re: The Sunrise policy at Melvin Prexart & Co states that, [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2012, 13:55
+1 E

"quicker" is wrong. It must be "more quickly". A,B, and C out.
Present perfect is incorrect because the action took place in the past. D out.

I don't like E, but is the best in comparison with the other choices. Remeber that SC is relative.
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Re: The Sunrise policy at Melvin Prexart & Co states that, [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2012, 02:30
Between D and E both are correct. The only reason E is better is because it retains the original meaning.
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Re: The Sunrise policy at Melvin Prexart & Co states that, [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2012, 22:11
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I believe D is correct.
It is mentioned in sentence "henceforth" (although we did not pay much attention to things between comma) which is emphasizing that the policy is followed till today and from now on it should be implemented quickly.

Please correct me if i am wrong.
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Re: SC-Strategy Guidelines [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2012, 06:47
Tommy,
I guess the reason is that quicker is an adj and quickly is an adv and we need to adv to modify implemented
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/quickest

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Hey There,

"Quicker" is not technically a word, though it has moved into common speech. On the GMAT, you can't use "quicker", only "more quickly" as the comparative of "quick".

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Re: The Sunrise policy at Melvin Prexart & Co states that, [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2013, 05:46
The Sunrise policy at Melvin Prexart & Co states that, henceforth, the strategy guidelines should be implemented quicker than they had been in the past.

(A) the strategy guidelines should be implemented quicker than they had been in the past
(B) the strategy guidelines should be implemented quicker than they have been in the past
(C) the strategy guidelines should be implemented quicker than they did in the past
(D) the strategy guidelines should be implemented more quickly than they have been in the past
(E) the strategy guidelines should be implemented more quickly than they had been in the past

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the strategy guidelines should be implemented more quickly than they did in the past?

Will this be correct ?
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Re: The Sunrise policy at Melvin Prexart & Co states that, [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2013, 06:24
The Sunrise policy at Melvin Prexart & Co states that, henceforth, the strategy guidelines should be implemented quicker than they had been in the past.

(A) the strategy guidelines should be implemented quicker than they had been in the past. Contender (in the last two choices, doesnt sound right)
(B) the strategy guidelines should be implemented quicker than they have been in the past Incorrect. (we need past perfect)
(C) the strategy guidelines should be implemented quicker than they did in the past Incorrect (wrong tense; means as if guidlines did something)
(D) the strategy guidelines should be implemented more quickly than they have been in the past Incorrect (wrong tense)
(E) the strategy guidelines should be implemented more quickly than they had been in the past Correct. (sounds better, right tense)
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Re: The Sunrise policy at Melvin Prexart & Co states that, [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2013, 08:01
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I believe D is correct.
It is mentioned in sentence "henceforth" (although we did not pay much attention to things between comma) which is emphasizing that the policy is followed till today and from now on it should be implemented quickly.

Please correct me if i am wrong.

I like the point that Navpre makes. When we are looking at verb tense, we have some grammatical things to consider as well as some meaning concerns. Grammatically, there are no issues between D and E. Therefore, we need to look at the meaning.

Past perfect is for past actions, but so is present perfect. The difference is that past perfect is for actions that happened in the past before another past action, while present perfect is for actions that happened in the past at an unspecified time, that happened in the past at multiple times, or that happened in the past and either affect today or are still true today. This is why "in the past" does not affect the outcome.

So, which tense? As others have mentioned, in order to use past perfect, we need to have another past action that comes after the past perfect action (and usually this past action needs to be the point in time at which the past perfect action stops). However, we do not have that here. Instead we have the present tense verb "states." This means we need to use either simple past or present perfect to describe the past action (no progressive tense because we are not referring to something happening during the past action).

So, why present perfect? In situations like this, look at the time modifier. Here, "henceforth" tells us that the change in policy starts now. Therefore, the past way of implementing the policy occurred until the present. This is exactly one of the uses for present perfect (occurs until now). We cannot use simple past unless we want to refer to a specific time period in the past instead of up until now.

Navpre: We always pay attention to things in between the commas (often times they create funny modifier errors) - the reason why you are told to ignore them is that they present extraneous information (information that is not necessary to distinguish the subject from other, similar subjects).

Therefore, I think the OA and OE are wrong. D is the correct answer.

This is a good example of why I advise test-takers to avoid questions that are not official GMAT questions. Often times they have major mistakes. You should only work verbal questions from the official guides, from GMATPrep, and from GMAT Paper Tests if you want accurate questions/answers.

yuvrajpratap wrote:
if I am right then ans should be d and not e because "strategy guidelines" is plural and requires have.

If you had to choose between "has" and "have," which are both for the present perfect construction, then you would be correct. However, "had," which is for the past perfect construction, is correct for both singular and plural subjects.
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Re: SC-Strategy Guidelines [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 04:34
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Hey All,

I'd like to weigh in briefly on this question, though in the same spirit of curious examination as the rest of you. This question seems a little bit fishy to me, for reasons I'll try to explain.

The correct use of the past perfect tense on the GMAT requires the existence of a verb in the simple past. As far as I can see, this sentence does not have one. The only verbs we get are "states", which is present tense, and "should be implemented", which is a conditional tense (more like future). Because there is no past tense, I cannot justify the past perfect. You could justify the SIMPLE past "more quickly than they were in the past", but that isn't an answer choice.

I realize the present perfect doesn't feel great, but I'd like to justify it thusly: because of the phrase "in the past", we are actually talking about something that CONTINUES to be true (i.e. it remains true, in the present, that this was going on IN THE PAST). This would lead me to a present perfect verb, as in answer choice D.

My actual preference would be for an answer choice that doesn't exist (as described above, with "were"), but because of the lack of a simple past verb, I don't see answer choice E being correct.

I'm open for debate, but feel confident.

Hope that helps!






Sir, need small clarification over the same question, its really confusing for me, because i was under assumption of eliminating options with quickly and checking with quicker..
so can we always eliminate options if they say quicker?? and look for more quickly or most quickly ???
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Re: SC-Strategy Guidelines [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2014, 05:56
TommyWallach wrote:
Hey All,

I'd like to weigh in briefly on this question, though in the same spirit of curious examination as the rest of you. This question seems a little bit fishy to me, for reasons I'll try to explain.

The correct use of the past perfect tense on the GMAT requires the existence of a verb in the simple past. As far as I can see, this sentence does not have one. The only verbs we get are "states", which is present tense, and "should be implemented", which is a conditional tense (more like future). Because there is no past tense, I cannot justify the past perfect. You could justify the SIMPLE past "more quickly than they were in the past", but that isn't an answer choice.

I realize the present perfect doesn't feel great, but I'd like to justify it thusly: because of the phrase "in the past", we are actually talking about something that CONTINUES to be true (i.e. it remains true, in the present, that this was going on IN THE PAST). This would lead me to a present perfect verb, as in answer choice D.

My actual preference would be for an answer choice that doesn't exist (as described above, with "were"), but because of the lack of a simple past verb, I don't see answer choice E being correct.

I'm open for debate, but feel confident.

Hope that helps!


Dear Tommy,

Justification on past perfect is very well explained.
Can we consider "should" as the simple past equivalent of "shall" and then use past perfect in passive voice.

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Re: The Sunrise policy at Melvin Prexart & Co states that, [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2014, 13:14
OA should be D.
Present perfct cont used for the things started in the past the continuing in the future.
Here we need to see the words henceforth and should. They are suggesting that the changes to be made from now on-wards....
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