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# A growing number of mature readers had been turning to young adult fic

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A growing number of mature readers had been turning to young adult fiction, bringing booksellers a welcome source of revenue.

a) had been turning to young adult fiction, bringing booksellers a welcome source

b) have been turning to young adult fiction, bringing booksellers a welcome source

c) had been turning to young adult fiction, which brings booksellers welcome sources

d) have been turning to young adult fiction, which brought booksellers welcome sources

e) had been turning to young adult fiction and bringing to booksellers a welcome source

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Originally posted by globaldesi on 21 Aug 2019, 21:08.
Last edited by SajjadAhmad on 24 Aug 2019, 23:28, edited 2 times in total.
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21 Aug 2019, 21:21
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globaldesi wrote:
A growing number of mature readers had been turning to young adult fiction, bringing booksellers a welcome source of revenue.

a) had been turning to young adult fiction, bringing booksellers a welcome source
b) have been turning to young adult fiction, bringing booksellers a welcome source
c) had been turning to young adult fiction, which brings booksellers welcome sources
d) have been turning to young adult fiction, which brought booksellers welcome sources
e) had been turning to young adult fiction and bringing to booksellers a welcome source

Past participle continuous had been is not required as the event / effect is continuing to present. So it should be present perfect continuous. Eliminating A, C, E

In D, which is not clear to what is it referring to. It seems which refer to adult fiction which is not correct. Also welcome sources is not required. Welcome source is ok.

So, in my opinion the best option is B.
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22 Aug 2019, 02:41
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globaldesi wrote:
A growing number of mature readers had been turning to young adult fiction, bringing booksellers a welcome source of revenue.

a) had been turning to young adult fiction, bringing booksellers a welcome source

Incorrect verb tense; "A growing number" means the action is still ongoing, therefore the verb tense "Have been" would be required to indicate the growth is still happening today.

b) have been turning to young adult fiction, bringing booksellers a welcome source

Good.

c) had been turning to young adult fiction, which brings booksellers welcome sources

Incorrect verb tense

d) have been turning to young adult fiction, which brought booksellers welcome sources

"Which" incorrectly modifies fiction.

Fiction isn't bringing the welcome sources of revenue.. What's bringing the new revenue is the growing number of readers turning to fiction

e) had been turning to young adult fiction and bringing to booksellers a welcome source

Incorrect verb tense
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24 Aug 2019, 23:05
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The underlined portion of the sentence uses the past perfect tense "had been turning," implying that the turn to young adult fiction was in the past before some other past action. However, there is no other past action here. The bringing of revenue happened at the same time as the change in readers' tastes. The correct answer will fix this verb tense problem.

(A), (C), and (E) retain "had been," while (B) and (D) use "have been."

Since (A), (C), and (E) keep the past perfect, they can be eliminated. There is no other past action in the sentence.

(B) and (D) both bring the first part of the sentence into the present with "have been turning," but (D) puts the second part into the past ("brought"), so it can be eliminated.

(B) is the only choice that puts both parts of the sentence in a congruent time frame, so it's correct.
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