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With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras would feel the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

a) would feel
b) will feel
c) have felt
d) feel
e) are feeling
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19 Oct 2010, 20:01
Really? Can someone post the explanation please.
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The key is 'over the past several years.' We are referring to an event over the past years. Only option C satisfies this requirement as it is in the past tense.
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Really? Can someone post the explanation please.

Let me try

" event started in past but still continues in present " so , the usage of perfect tense is ideal.

whenever in doubt in terms of usage of tense in sentence , just observe and follow what is the tense usage in the non underlined part of the sentence .. trust me it reallly helps
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08 Jul 2011, 12:47
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C

The tense you need is one that tells us that something has happened in the past and is probably still happening ~ present perfect
A- Would is incorrect as the sentence specifically mentioned the time period and it is not going to happen somewhere in the future
B-Future tense
D-Present tense
E-Present continuous

C- present perfect
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08 Jul 2011, 20:46
+1 C

"over the past several years" indicate that something started in the bast and continues until now.
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17 Jul 2011, 10:26
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With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras would feel the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

a) would feel
b) will feel
c) have felt
d) feel
e) are feeling

A, B are out as they are in future and D, E are due to present tense. So C.
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15 Apr 2012, 08:57
past perfect would need to be used in this situation because its an event that started in the past "past several years" and continues now.
C. have felt.
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The key is 'over the past several years.' We are referring to an event over the past years. Only option C satisfies this requirement as it is in the past tense.

Exactly how I came up with the answer.
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Context is key here. The latter part of the sentence sells us that the major orchestras are already experiencing or have already been experiencing the effects of decreases in government funding. So, we can eliminate A, B, and E.

C or E seem to be decent. Let's read the sentences with them:

With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras have felt the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras are feeling the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

This could be tricky. You could be tempted into trying to match "are feeling" to "dwindling", while clearly "have felt" is the correct answer because it references the past several years.

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26 Sep 2013, 04:26
C is best for me.Since we are saying that something is happening and continue to happen!!!
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