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What brought the American semiconductor market back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the tech slump was special government funded research.

(A) What brought

(B) The thing that brought

(C) That which brought

(D) Bringing

(E) What has brought

for this problem, I chose option D because I thought that it was concise. However, the OA is A. Why is A better than D? Would anyone be so kind to explain it to me? I'll really appreciate it.

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24 Oct 2008, 04:38
"what" clearly references "special government funded research".

Try re-writing the sentence as:
special government funded research brought the American semiconductor market......
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24 Oct 2008, 08:23
Why is E incorrect here?

Rest of the sentence is in past tense . Hence we don't need present perfect with has in E

if the sentence were has been government funded research, then E would have been correct.
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24 Oct 2008, 11:04
here is my take on A :

(A) What brought (short and precise )

(B) The thing that brought ("that thing" --- > awkward)

(C) That which brought ?(this confused me for a while .. and i think in some other post i saw this as the answer)

(D) Bringing (present continous tense not required .. rest of the sentence is in past tense)

(E) What has brought (present perfect is not required as the portion of the sentence ,which is not underlined, talks about past tense "was" )

i will definitely go with A but is it a right/preferred way to start a sentence from "What"
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26 Oct 2008, 01:22
Why is E incorrect here?

the reason E is wrong is that the whole sentence is talking about the past. When you use the present perfect in option E, you're rather saying that an action started in the past and it is still going on today. That is not what you want to say. You want to talk about an action that happened in the past and is also completed in the past, period.
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