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New post 27 Jun 2014, 11:13
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OA again please. it is a difficult question, and it helps to understand the right choice pls.





HELLO...THOUGH I SELECTED E HERE,I AM WONDERING-

IN THE ORIGINAL SENTENCE,IT USES PRESENT PERFECT TENSE..SO IT MEANS THAT ACTION IS STILL CONTINUING,HOWEVER IN REAL WORLD THAT ACTION HAS FINISHED WAY BACK...SO DO WE HAVE TO RELATE SENTENCE CORRECTION QUESTIONS WITH REAL WORLD OR DO V HAVE TO CONSIDER THE MEANING INTENDED BY THE ORIGINAL SENTENCE..!

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Animals that were originally feral, such as dogs, horses, and sheep, have been domesticated for the purpose of producing foods and goods, providing faster transportation, and serving as pets for amusement as early as the Stone Age.

A) Animals that were originally feral, such as dogs, horses, and sheep, have been domesticated >>> such as introducing examples for feral not for animals
B) Animals that used to be feral , such as dogs, horses, and sheep, have undergone domestication >>> active voice is wrong, were domesticated by human, again such as int. exp. for feral
C) Dogs, horses, and sheep are examples of animals that were originally feral and have since been domesticated >>> gives the meaning that domestication still continues, however it is done
D) Dogs, horses, and sheep are examples of animals that were originally feral and had undergone domestication >>> gives the meaning that domestication occurred prior to being feral
E) Dogs, horses, and sheep are examples of animals that were originally feral and were domesticated >>> meaning intact and grammatically past tense is accurate to apply.
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"as early as the Stone Age" at the end of the sentence. It doesn't make sense to say "have since been domesticated as early as the Stone Age," because "have...been domesticated" is a present perfect verb form, and you'd only use the present perfect to relate something to the present (as in "I am not (now) hungry, because I have eaten"). You couldn't use present perfect to situate the beginning of a process in the Stone Age. So we need to stick with the regular past ("were domesticated"). It works well to say "were domesticated as early as the Stone Age.

resource: http://www.beatthegmat.com/domestic-animals-t84974.html


Just for reference and benefit of people visiting this thread henceforth, I think there is nothing wrong with usage of present perfect tense here.

Have since been domesticated as early as stone age

she has been married since 1980

The problem could be of inconsistent tense usage. But I will leave that to the experts!

Edit:

I figured out what is wrong with C.

It is the placement of Since.

C nonsensically means that the animals were domesticated ever since they were feral (got nothing to do with stone ages I guess)

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(1) Animals which were originally feral, such as dogs, horses, and sheep, have been domesticated
(2) Animals which used to be feral , such as dogs, horses, and sheep, have been domesticated
(3) Dogs, horses, and sheep are examples of animals which were originally feral and have since been domesticated
(4) Dogs, horses, and sheep are examples of animals which were originally feral and had been domesticated
(5) Dogs, horses, and sheep are examples of animals which were originally feral and were domesticated - Correct

I ruled out A & B first because they sounded redundant (Animals, such as, ... ) while E creates a very active and preferable tone with correct usage of the simple past.
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Hi all,sayantanc2k
I couldn't figure out how could "E" be the correct answer. Isn't the given list of animals still be domesticated till now? The usage of past simple makes me think that the domestication is no more.

Also,choice E is a bit wordier. "are examples of animal.." vs "such as"
In my 2 cents,I think A is a better choice.

Could you please elaborate my reasoning?
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Hi all,sayantanc2k
I couldn't figure out how could "E" be the correct answer. Isn't the given list of animals still be domesticated till now? The usage of past simple makes me think that the domestication is no more.

Also,choice E is a bit wordier. "are examples of animal.." vs "such as"
In my 2 cents,I think A is a better choice.

Could be please elaborate my reasoning?
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Your first point:
Here individual dogs, horses, or sheep are not considered - dogs, horses, and sheep refer to the respective species as a whole. The species were previously wild, but at some point in the past, they were domesticated. Now these animals are considered domestic animals. Hence simple past is alright.
(In case you consider individual animals: As soon as a individual dog is born, it is considered a domestic animal. )

Your second point:
"Animals such as dogs, horses, and sheep were originally feral" ... this is stylistically better than "Dogs, horses, and sheep are examples of animals that were..."

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