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Advertising that one of its many attractions has been the recent growth in per capita income among its citizens, Town A pursued its campaign to draw new businesses to the area.

its many attractions has been the recent
its many attractions had been the recent
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Advertising that one of its many attractions has been the recent growth in per capita income among its citizens, Town A pursued its campaign to draw new businesses to the area.

its many attractions has been the recent
its many attractions had been the recent
its many attractions was the recent
their many attractions has been the recent
their many attractions had been the recent


Hi bschool83,
First split for Its and Their, Here town is singular so we can not use their.so options D and E gone.
Now among A B C , lets see cause and effect relationship. The effect of recent growth in one attraction made Town A pursued its campaign to draw new business area so we know in effect of growth is continuous. We use simple past when that action happened at particular moment and not continuous in nature so option C is gone.

Now we are remain with A and B.
We can not use present tense for former event and past tense with later event so option A is gone.

Answer B is right. Now lets analyze B. [color=#FF0000]One clue to use perfect tense is word "recently", this shows uncertain time period so can not use Simple past.

"The one of its many attractions had been the recent growth in per capita income among its citizens" and its growth was continuous till town purged to draw new Business Area so perfect answer.[/color]

I hope my explanation will help.
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is this really 700 level? seems like a simple one on perfect tense.

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+1 (B)
pursued...had been- the proper match
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Advertising that one of its many attractions has been the recent growth in per capita income among its citizens, Town A pursued its campaign to draw new businesses to the area.

A. its many attractions has been the recent
B. its many attractions had been the recent
C. its many attractions was the recent
D. their many attractions has been the recent
E. their many attractions had been the recent


This problem hinges on pronouns and verb tenses. "Their" is not the correct pronoun for "Town A", so D/E are eliminated. A/B/C each have different tenses: has been (present perfect), had been (past perfect), and was (simple past). In this case, the sentence is showing a sequence of past events - the growth of income followed by the campaign. The purpose of the past perfect tense is to create a time distinction between 2 events both taking place in the past with the earlier event using the past perfect tense and the later event using the simple past. The sentence has the simple past with "pursued", so the earlier event needs to be described with the past perfect, "had been". Correct answer B.
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Advertising that one of its many attractions has been the recent growth in per capita income among its citizens, Town A pursued its campaign to draw new businesses to the area.

A. its many attractions has been the recent
B. its many attractions had been the recent
C. its many attractions was the recent
D. their many attractions has been the recent
E. their many attractions had been the recent


This problem hinges on pronouns and verb tenses. "Their" is not the correct pronoun for "Town A", so D/E are eliminated. A/B/C each have different tenses: has been (present perfect), had been (past perfect), and was (simple past). In this case, the sentence is showing a sequence of past events - the growth of income followed by the campaign. The purpose of the past perfect tense is to create a time distinction between 2 events both taking place in the past with the earlier event using the past perfect tense and the later event using the simple past. The sentence has the simple past with "pursued", so the earlier event needs to be described with the past perfect, "had been". Correct answer B.
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I do not get why C is not the answer. I do not see timing issue here

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I do not get why C is not the answer. I do not see timing issue here


I also vote for C. Let's see what has been the content of the advertisement at the time it has been on air. Two contents are possible:
1. one of our many attractions IS the recent growth in per capita income among our citizens.
2. one of our many attractions HAS BEEN the recent growth in per capita income among our citizens.

If "1" has been the content, then C is the correct answer.
If "2" has been the content, then B is the correct answer.
My feeling is that "1" has been the content, so C is the correct answer.

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I do not get why C is not the answer. I do not see timing issue here


I also vote for C. Let's see what has been the content of the advertisement at the time it has been on air. Two contents are possible:
1. one of our many attractions IS the recent growth in per capita income among our citizens.
2. one of our many attractions HAS BEEN the recent growth in per capita income among our citizens.

If "1" has been the content, then C is the correct answer.
If "2" has been the content, then B is the correct answer.
My feeling is that "1" has been the content, so C is the correct answer.

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Yeah, I think I got it now. The use of "Recent" is usally used with perfect tenses. For that reason, only B suits. That is the only takeway, i could infer, yet nobody mentions this fact. Any thoughts experts??? I am not a native speaker so elaboration on this point would be higly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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I do not get why C is not the answer. I do not see timing issue here


I also vote for C. Let's see what has been the content of the advertisement at the time it has been on air. Two contents are possible:
1. one of our many attractions IS the recent growth in per capita income among our citizens.
2. one of our many attractions HAS BEEN the recent growth in per capita income among our citizens.

If "1" has been the content, then C is the correct answer.
If "2" has been the content, then B is the correct answer.
My feeling is that "1" has been the content, so C is the correct answer.

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Yeah, I think I got it now. The use of "Recent" is usally used with perfect tenses. For that reason, only B suits. That is the only takeway, i could infer, yet nobody mentions this fact. Any thoughts experts??? I am not a native speaker so elaboration on this point would be higly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Recent is usually used with the past perfect, good spotting!

Remember, the past perfect tense is used to indicate actions that were already complete or had already happened at a specific point in the past.

Past Perfect ---------- Time being Discussed ----------------- Now ------Future

A "recent" event is one in the recent past, but one in the past--"recent" growth had already been completed, and was already an attractive feature of Town A, at the time time of the advertising campaign. So, the "had been" tense is correct.
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This questions tests the concepts of noun pronoun agreement and tenses.
Once action has taken place before another action in the past, hence we need a perfect tense here.


Taking one option at a time:

Advertising that one of its many attractions has been the recent growth in per capita income among its citizens, Town A pursued its campaign to draw new businesses to the area.

(A) its many attractions has been the recent
Perfect tense is required
INCORRECT

(B) its many attractions had been the recent
This option uses the perfect tense and signifies that the attraction had been before the campaign was pursued
CORRECT

(C) its many attractions was the recent
Perfect tense is required
INCORRECT

(D) their many attractions has been the recent
Town is a singular entity, hence we need its
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(E) their many attractions had been the recent
Town is a singular entity, hence we need its
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B for me,
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Advertising that one of its many attractions has been the recent growth in per capita income among its citizens, Town A pursued its campaign to draw new businesses to the area.

A)its many attractions has been the recent
B)its many attractions had been the recent
C)its many attractions was the recent
D)their many attractions has been the recent
E)their many attractions had been the recent

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I dont understand this....The Effect growth or its effect is still there....Its not a past event right?? So why B is correct
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Advertising that one of its many attractions has been the recent growth in per capita income among its citizens, Town A pursued its campaign to draw new businesses to the area.

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its many attractions had been the recent
its many attractions was the recent
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I dont understand this....The Effect growth or its effect is still there....Its not a past event right?? So why B is correct


The part "one of its many attractions had been the recent growth in per capita income among its citizens" is stated within an advertisement by town A. This advertising occurred in the past and hence the verb "had been" is past of past. Therefore past perfect is alright.

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