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A Wall Street Journal report said that the ship, that departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, is about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service and air conditioning.

A. that departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, is about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service and air conditioning

B. which departed from Long Beach for a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, was about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room and cut off power, telephone service and air conditioning as well

C. which departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, were about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire was ignited in the engine room that cut off power, telephone service and air conditioning

D. which departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, was about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service and air conditioning

E. that has departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, was about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service as well as air conditioning

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A Wall Street Journal report said that the ship, that departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, is about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service and air conditioning.

A. that departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, is about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service and air conditioning

B. which departed from Long Beach for a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, was about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room and cut off power, telephone service and air conditioning as well

C. which departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, were about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire was ignited in the engine room that cut off power, telephone service and air conditioning

D. which departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, was about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service and air conditioning

E. that has departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, was about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service as well as air conditioning



Can somebody please explain why the verb sequencing cannot be applied in the above question :
My understanding :
The ship has departed first (earlier event) and then reached about 200 miles when the fire ignited (later events) ...
and I believe the events are related ...
So Correct answer : E (IMO)..
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1. Use of that with a comma before is ungrammatical rendering the restrictive that as inessential and therefore A and E merit elimination without further probe.
E is additionally wrong because we cannot put an earlier event in the present perfect and the later events in the past tense. Past tense is deeper than present perfect. We may perhaps say that the ship that had departed… but even the choice fouls on the list parallelism at the end by using and air-conditioning as well


2. C is out for wrongly using the plural verb ‘were’ for the singular ship

3. B is wrong for saying -- cut off power, telephone service and air conditioning as well. A comma before and is needed.

D remains
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A Wall Street Journal report said that the ship, that departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, is about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service and air conditioning.

Right off the bat 0.: 'WSJ report said that the ship, [...], is about' - incorrect tense as this happened in the past.

A. that departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, is about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service and air conditioning
POE because 0.

C. which departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, were about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire was ignited in the engine room that cut off power, telephone service and air conditioning
POE because 0. - incorrect tense and sv agreement (there is one ship not many ships)

Remains: B, D, E; let's check the difference between the choices:

B. which departed from Long Beach for a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, was about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room and cut off power, telephone service and air conditioning as well
POE because for a seven-day voyage sounds very unidiomatic

D vs. E, how to choose?

E. that has departed from Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, was about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service as well as air conditioning
'has departed...?' this doesn't sound right, the event had happened in the past, thus POE
Additionally, as well as sounds very out of place.


D. which departedfrom Long Beach on a seven-day voyage to the Mexican Riviera, was about 200 miles south of San Diego when a fire ignited in the engine room, cutting off power, telephone service andair conditioning
Remaining choice


Correct because:
1. Corrects sv agreement between ship, [...], is -> was
2. Correct tense within the clause as events happened in the past

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New post 13 Oct 2016, 04:25
Hi daagh

daagh wrote:
1. Use of that with a comma before is ungrammatical rendering the restrictive that as inessential and therefore A and E merit elimination without further probe.

For the sake of learning. If the sentence is...
    A Wall Street Journal report said that the a ship , that/which departed from Long Beach on....
Would this make the usage of restrictive "that/which" appropriate?

Can i also say... (using that as a pronoun only here)
1. Comma + that -> ungrammatical, never to be used
2. Comma + which -> non-restrictive modifier, gives more info about the noun
3. no comma + that -> restrictive modifier, qualifies/restricts the noun
4. no comma + which -> restrictive modifier, qualifies/restricts the noun

Between 3 & 4, is #3 preferred?

The same rules apply for who/whose also?

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New post 21 Aug 2018, 09:29
this beautiful question tests 2 hard point

relation between doing and the main verb

difference between simple past and present perfect.

these 2 points are tested frequently on gmat
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