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Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter.

A: its key successes had been the recent
B: its key successes has been the recently
C: its key successes is the recently
D: their key successes is the recent
E: their key successes had been the recent

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D and E are out for using plural "their"
Between A, B, and C;
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07 Sep 2010, 06:32
I went for B....What is the source of this Q? Ur SC Qs recently have been very interesting
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07 Sep 2010, 07:19
As pointed out,eliminate d,e for the usage of their.Here the usage of recently(adverb) is inappropriate over recent.reread the sentence,"its key successes is the recently"-Eliminate C.Hence A.
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What is the difference if (A) had been :
"its key successes had been the recentLY..."
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gmatbull wrote:
Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter.

A: ...
B: its key successes has been the recently
C: its key successes is the recently
D: their key successes is the recent
E: their key successes had been the recent

RECENT vs RECENTLY

here recent is modifying the noun beta-launch (when was the launch-- ans: recent). Recently is an adverb which should modify an adjective. RECENT is correct.
So A is correct

what if we had the sentence like its key successes has been the recent
IS that correct..

All i am trying to say is it wrong to use present perfect here
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Geturdream, a point of contention.

In this phrase - recent well-received beta launch. RECENT is modifying the noun "beta launch" but it is placed next to the adjective "well-received" and since RECENT is an adjective this is improper usage (adjectives cannot modify adjectives). As a matter of fact then RECENTLY is more appropriate.

I looked up the dictionary and the term WELL-RECEIVED is an adjective.

If that is the case the adverb usage RECENTLY is proper usage. As adverbs can modify adjectives. So what exactly does "RECENT" modify? It is far placed from the noun (BETA LAUNCH) it is supposed to be modifying. Is it allowed that 2 adjectives can modify the same noun? Any expert comments?
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gmatbull wrote:
Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter.

A: ...
B: its key successes has been the recently
C: its key successes is the recently
D: their key successes is the recent
E: their key successes had been the recent

D and E are out for using plural "their"
Between A, B, and C;

....the internet startup claimed....
from here, we can infer that the tense has to be past.
B-"has been" is present tense, so eliminate
C-"is " is also present tense,so eliminate
what is left is A

I arrived at the answer without even considering recent/recently. Sometimes we get so hung up one one word that we forget to use other methods to arrive at the correct answer.
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08 Sep 2010, 08:27
I picked B too. But I agree with Eden's reasoning. Should be C.

(1) The sentence is written in past tense. "The company claimed it would introduce" which requires past perfect..."had been"

(2) "recently well received" makes no sense...."recently" is modifying "well received beta launch" (noun)...which is incorrect as adverbs cannot modify nouns...SC experts can comment on this.
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seekmba wrote:
I picked B too. But I agree with Eden's reasoning. Should be C.

(1) The sentence is written in past tense. "The company claimed it would introduce" which requires past perfect..."had been"

(2) "recently well received" makes no sense...."recently" is modifying "well received beta launch" (noun)...which is incorrect as adverbs cannot modify nouns...SC experts can comment on this.

i share your sentiments on (2); however, experts opinions are welcome.
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14 Sep 2010, 03:39
hi Seekmba,
wrt above issue raised by you: what about a sentence such as this:
The tall, elegant, and beautiful lady beckoned at the CEO.

"tall" "elegant" and "beautiful" are all adjectives modifying one item - a lady.
I think the sentence is correct, and having two adjectives or more is not
ungrammatical on its own.

In that case, i agree OA (option A) is right at this.
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gmatbull wrote:
Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter.

A: ...
B: its key successes has been the recently
C: its key successes is the recently
D: their key successes is the recent
E: their key successes had been the recent

D and E are out for using plural "their"
Between A, B, and C;

hirendhanak: I am assuming that you are also looking for the difference between A, B and C.

The key point here is that we will use past perfect in this sentence: one of its key successes had been not has been or is.
The reason is that 'beta launch is an event that took place and was a success before the Internet start up announced it'. The verb 'claimed' shows you that it happened in the past, hence an event further in the past will need to use past perfect.
To review, we use past perfect tense when 2 events take place in the past but one takes place before the other. Here, beta launch became a success before the company claimed it would introduce several new products. So it uses past perfect.

'recent well-received beta launch' is correct. Here recent and well-received form a pair of cumulative adjectives.

There are two types of adjectives: Cumulative and Co-ordinate

Cumulative adjectives - An adjective is “cumulative” when it occurs in a pair or series with other adjectives of different descriptive categories, the adjectives building upon each other and together modifying the noun.
e.g. a big old shaggy dog
big - size
old - age
shaggy - quality

Co-ordinate adjectives - An adjective used in a pair or series with other adjectives within its own descriptive category to describe the same noun. Coordinate adjectives are separated by commas.

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D and E are out. 2. Recent Vs Recently - well-received beta launch is non-underlined and it is a noun, so we can not use Recently here so for this reason B and C are out. We are left with A. gmatbull wrote: Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter. A: its key successes had been the recent B: its key successes has been the recently C: its key successes is the recently D: their key successes is the recent E: their key successes had been the recent [Reveal] Spoiler: D and E are out for using plural "their" Between A, B, and C; Manager Joined: 23 Jul 2014 Posts: 100 Location: India WE: Information Technology (Computer Software) Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 29 [0], given: 36 Re: Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent [#permalink] ### Show Tags 04 Jan 2016, 08:39 Since the main clause is in past tense, its verb-ing modifier should also be in past tense. So either A or E . All other options are out because they are all present tense now , the non-underline part of the clause says ' the Internet startup claimed it would ' So E is out because it says-'their' Ans is A _________________ The Mind ~ Muscle Connection My GMAT Journey is Complete.Going to start the MBA in Information Management from 2016 Good Luck everyone. Manager Joined: 14 Feb 2016 Posts: 68 GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V40 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 28 Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent [#permalink] ### Show Tags 06 Mar 2016, 02:37 gmatbull wrote: Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter. A: its key successes had been the recent B: its key successes has been the recently C: its key successes is the recently D: their key successes is the recent E: their key successes had been the recent D and E are incorrect for their use of "their" and B and C are incorrect for using "recently" Only A is left. That said, I am having a tough time putting the right tense to use in the SC questions. Had been, has been, is/was ; I just can not pick the right one when the difference is not obvious. Any advice? Any blog/resource suggestions? 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A: its key successes had been the recent B: its key successes has been the recently C: its key successes is the recently D: their key successes is the recent E: their key successes had been the recent [Reveal] Spoiler: D and E are out for using plural "their" Between A, B, and C; I am having a tough time putting the right tense to use in the SC questions. Had been, has been, is/was ; I just can not pick the right one when the difference is not obvious. Any advice? Any blog/resource suggestions? Thanks. Though not an expert would like to share my views - Quote: Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet startup claimed it would introduce several new products to the web community during the next quarter. Check carefully there is a clear timeline as follows - Attachment: beta launch.png [ 10.64 KiB | Viewed 1410 times ] Now again go through the sentence to know the timeline better Claimed = Past Tense Would = Future of Past Tense Meaning wise Beta Lauch preeceds announcement of plan for introduction of new products to the web community. Hence past perfect Tense ( had been must be correct here). _________________ Thanks and Regards Abhishek.... 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A: its key successes had been the recent B: its key successes has been the recently C: its key successes is the recently D: their key successes is the recent E: their key successes had been the recent D and E are incorrect for their use of "their" and B and C are incorrect for using "recently" Only A is left. That said, I am having a tough time putting the right tense to use in the SC questions. Had been, has been, is/was ; I just can not pick the right one when the difference is not obvious. Any advice? Any blog/resource suggestions? Thanks. I suggest you to check out a grammar book for details on tenses. Focus more on past and present. _________________ Karishma Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor My Blog Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for$199

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