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[quote="betterscore"]Along the major rivers that traverse the deserts of northeast Africa, the Middle East, and northwest India, the combination of a reliable supply of water and good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endure in at least 6,000 years.


(A) good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endure in

(B) good growing conditions encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, endured for

(C) of good growing conditions have encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endured for

(D) of good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, endured

(E) of good growing conditions encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, been enduring for

look at choice A
simple present is used to say about condition which exist now and we think , will exist indefinitely.

"in" in "endure in" is used to say a a lensth of time. I studied in 3 hours. this lengh of time is definite.
simple present talk about indefinte existence of an action, it can not go with "in" time indicator. we can not show an indefinite existence with a definite length of time. choice A is wrong

in choice B, "for" show a time which continue untile present and can go with present perfect, which show a condition exist until now.

simple present, present perfect and simple past normally can go with specific time indicators. these time indicators help us confirm the correct usage of tenses, making it more easy for us to use tenses.
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The verb tense - present continuous - can also be correct in this context?
Have been enduring for atleast 6000 years.

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Hello GMATNinja, Mikemcgarry, and other experts

The sentence just says that 'at least 6,000 years'. How do we know just from this phrase that it still continues?

If the sentence was:
..............and good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endured for 6,000 years.

Will the use of simple past be correct here?


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Yeah, I think that there's a grey area here when it comes to the verb tense. I'm not sure that it would be wrong, exactly, to use simple past tense. But if you do, it would imply that the farming traditions no longer endure. That could be true, I guess, but it seems reasonable to think that the conditions that led to those farming traditions -- a reliable supply of water and good growing conditions -- haven't changed. At the very least, nothing in the sentence suggests that they've changed.

So present perfect ("have endured") seems a little bit more reasonable -- but to be fair, the question leaves room for debate on this.

But even if you ignore the verb tense issue, there are good reasons to eliminate all four wrong answers. Check out ChrisLele's explanation above for more.

I hope this helps!
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The verb tense - present continuous - can also be correct in this context?
Have been enduring for atleast 6000 years.

Hi prekshita, "have been enduring" is actually present perfect continuous tense. I also feel that would also be correct. Let's see what others have to say.
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The verb tense - present continuous - can also be correct in this context?
Have been enduring for atleast 6000 years.

Hi prekshita, "have been enduring" is actually present perfect continuous tense. I also feel that would also be correct. Let's see what others have to say.

PavaniRaghunath is correct that this is present perfect continuous tense, for anybody who likes grammar terminology.

For anybody who doesn't: continuous tenses (the "-ing" form of verbs) exist to emphasize that an action is ongoing or continuous in some way. In this particular case, it's hard to imagine why we would actually want to use that tense, though. "Growing conditions have endured for at least 6000 years" expresses the exact same idea as "growing conditions have been enduring for at least 6000 years", but the first version does so much more succinctly.

It's not WRONG, exactly, to use the continuous tense here, but there's also no good reason whatsoever to do it.

I hope that helps!
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Along the major rivers that traverse the deserts of northeast Africa, the Middle East, and northwest India, the combination of a reliable supply of water and good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endure in at least 6,000 years.


(A) good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endure in: using of BOTH is wrong

(B) good growing conditions encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, endured for: Correct

(C) of good growing conditions have encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endured for: Wrong as of good

(D) of good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, endured:Wrong as of good and both

(E) of good growing conditions encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, been enduring for:Wrong as of good

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Along the major rivers that traverse the deserts of northeast Africa, the Middle East, and northwest India, the combination of a reliable supply of water and good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endure in at least 6,000 years.


(A) good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endure in

(B) good growing conditions encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, endured for

(C) of good growing conditions have encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endured for

(D) of good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, endured

(E) of good growing conditions encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, been enduring for


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(A) good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endure in - Wrong: 1) Redundancy 2) Verb

(B) good growing conditions encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, endured for - Correct

(C) of good growing conditions have encouraged farming traditions that, in places, endured for - Wrong: 1) Idiom 2) Verb 3) SV

(D) of good growing conditions both encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, endured - Wrong: 1) Idiom 2) Redundancy

(E) of good growing conditions encouraged farming traditions that have, in places, been enduring for - Wrong: 1) Verb 2) Idiom
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