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A March 2000 Census Bureau survey showed that Mexico accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign-born residents of the United States, the largest share for any country to contribute since 1890, when about 30 percent of the country’s foreign-born population was from Germany.

A)the largest share for any country to contribute
B)the largest share that any country has contributed
C)which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute
D)having the largest share to be contributed by any country
E)having the largest share to have been contributed by any country
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(B) as well

(A) is not fitted with 'to contribute'
(B) tense has + ed is right with since
(C) which seems to refer to U.S.
(D) having, to be contributed (passive & having uses)
(E) Like (D), but worst

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A)the largest share for any country to contribute - need past tense. WRONG

B)the largest share that any country has contributed - CORRECT.

C)which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute - need past tense, pronoun problem, modifier problem. WRONG

D)having the largest share to be contributed by any country - modifier problem. WRONG

E)having the largest share to have been contributed by any country - modifier problem. WRONG

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B)the largest share that any country has contributed

Clean and concise..

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OA: A

here is OE

B For the given construction, the verb tense needs to be past perfect, "...the largest share that any country had contributed since 1890..." "...has contributed..." implies that this statement, and action, continues to be true, but we simply don't know whether that is true.
C "Which" incorrectly refers to the entire preceding clause and "it" has no clear referent.
D The construction is awkward, confusing, and stylistically poor.
E Wordy, awkward, confusing and stylistically poor.
ANSWER: A, Choice A deals with this issue adequately through proper use of an infinitive clause "the largest share for any country to contribute"; it is grammatically and idiomatically correct and the best choice, in this case.

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Wow, tough one!
Had B down as everybody else. But, the explanation makes sense to me :oops: now!

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A March 2000 Census Bureau survey showed that Mexico accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign-born residents of the United States, the largest share for any country to contribute since 1890, when about 30 percent of the country’s foreign-born population was from Germany.

A)the largest share for any country to contribute
B)the largest share that any country has contributed
C)which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute
D)having the largest share to be contributed by any country
E)having the largest share to have been contributed by any country


A is correct because it is not run-on where as B is. CDE all are clear wrong because of various obvious reasons....

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Professor wrote:
rkatl wrote:
A March 2000 Census Bureau survey showed that Mexico accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign-born residents of the United States, the largest share for any country to contribute since 1890, when about 30 percent of the country’s foreign-born population was from Germany.

A)the largest share for any country to contribute
B)the largest share that any country has contributed
C)which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute
D)having the largest share to be contributed by any country
E)having the largest share to have been contributed by any country


A is correct because it is not run-on where as B is. CDE all are clear wrong because of various obvious reasons....



B is not a run-on either. it is wrong as explained in the OE.

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OA: A

here is OE

B For the given construction, the verb tense needs to be past perfect, "...the largest share that any country had contributed since 1890..." "...has contributed..." implies that this statement, and action, continues to be true, but we simply don't know whether that is true.
C "Which" incorrectly refers to the entire preceding clause and "it" has no clear referent.
D The construction is awkward, confusing, and stylistically poor.
E Wordy, awkward, confusing and stylistically poor.
ANSWER: A, Choice A deals with this issue adequately through proper use of an infinitive clause "the largest share for any country to contribute"; it is grammatically and idiomatically correct and the best choice, in this case.


So can an inifinitive clause be used as a substitute for past perfect tense always?

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rkatl wrote:
A March 2000 Census Bureau survey showed that Mexico accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign-born residents of the United States, the largest share for any country to contribute since 1890, when about 30 percent of the country’s foreign-born population was from Germany.

A)the largest share for any country to contribute
B)the largest share that any country has contributed
C)which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute
D)having the largest share to be contributed by any country
E)having the largest share to have been contributed by any country

A is correct because it is not run-on where as B is. CDE all are clear wrong because of various obvious reasons....


B is not a run-on either. it is wrong as explained in the OE.


can you please explain more how it is not run-on? rather "had" is always incorrect with "since".

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ya. upon relook, 'has' should have been 'had'.

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A march 2000 census bureu survey showed that mexico accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign-born residents of the united states, the largest share for any country to contribute since 1890, when about 30 percent of the country's foreign-born population was from germany.

A. the largest share for any country to contribute
B. the largest share that any country has contributed
C. which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute
D. having the largest share to be contributed by any country
E. having the largest share to have been contributed by any country

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A march 2000 census bureu survey showed that mexico accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign-born residents of the united states, the largest share for any country to contribute since 1890, when about 30 percent of the country's foreign-born population was from germany.

A. the largest share for any country to contribute
B. the largest share that any country contributed
C. which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute
D. having the largest share to be contributed by any country
E. having the largest share to have been contributed by any country


A, C, D and E are all out;

The largest share for any country to contribute almost seems to be spelling a diktat as to how much by way of people should a country populate towards another country's population.


C because of which incorrectly modifying US.

D and E -- having the largest share to be contributed (to have been contributed) is wordy and awkward

B is right.

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A march 2000 census bureu survey showed that mexico accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign-born residents of the united states, the largest share for any country to contribute since 1890, when about 30 percent of the country's foreign-born population was from germany.

A. the largest share for any country to contribute
B. the largest share that any country contributed
C. which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute
D. having the largest share to be contributed by any country
E. having the largest share to have been contributed by any country


dang it.. i had it down to A and B

i could see how B is a better answer but what is it about A that is incorrect?

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A march 2000 census bureu survey showed that mexico accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign-born residents of the united states, the largest share for any country to contribute since 1890, when about 30 percent of the country's foreign-born population was from germany.

A. the largest share for any country to contribute
B. the largest share that any country contributed
C. which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute
D. having the largest share to be contributed by any country
E. having the largest share to have been contributed by any country


Tough one for me.
Picked B
I was thrown off by "since 1890" so I thought "have been" was right, but I went with my ears...maybe not a smart thing to do.

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New post 07 Oct 2007, 16:18
Hey 12345678
I think you are missing the word HAS in choice B? I'm pretty sure it should read " the largest share that any country HAS contributed" - that might have thrown off some people.

Based on that, I pick B.

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Went for B

which is wrong

the largest share correctly refers to the preceding idea

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On second thoughts I am still not fully convinced if 'B' could be the answer here.

Can any one confirm on the usage of has

the country has contributed since 1890.

here usage of has is - past singular or something else. It cannot be present singular.. :roll:

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A March 2000 Census Bureau survey showed that Mexico accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign-born residents of the United States, the largest share for any country to contribute since 1980, when about 30 percent of the country’s foreign-born population was from Germany.

A. the largest share for any country to contribute
B. the largest share that any country has contributed
C. which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute
D. having the largest share to be contributed by any country
E. having the largest share to have been contributed by any country

Please explain. Tks

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A March 2000 Census Bureau survey showed that Mexico accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign-born residents of the United States, the largest share for any country to contribute since 1980, when about 30 percent of the country’s foreign-born population was from Germany.

A. the largest share for any country to contribute -- "share for" sound awkard
B. the largest share that any country has contributed - seems correct
C. which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute - which should refer to Mexico and not the entire clause
D. having the largest share to be contributed by any country
E. having the largest share to have been contributed by any country

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humm , very interesting question , i initially picked B however after reading your comments I think the correct answer is A

B is not correct as the action is no longer valid now , action that is survey in this case happened in the past and closed now

I also checked Present Prefect definition on Present prefect

http://www.perfectyourenglish.com/gramm ... -tense.htm
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