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A --> Correct-
its key successes had been the recent

As there has been a chronological dependency between "well-received beta launch" and "the Internet startup claim".So Past perfect "its key successes had been the recent" is Perfect.Secondly the next dependent sentence starts with a Simple past "the Internet startup claimed" which is grammatically correct.Also usage of Adjective "recent" is correct for the noun clause "well-received beta launch".

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its key successes has been the recently
Incorrect usage of tense (present perfect) and adverb "recently" doesn't fit in.
C
its key successes is the recently
Incorrect usage of tense (present continuous) and adverb "recently" doesn't fit in.
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their key successes is the recent
Incorrect pronoun "their" for noun "Internet startup".Also wrong usage of tense (Simple present).
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their key successes had been the recent
Incorrect pronoun "their" for noun "Internet startup".
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I chose A because it uses the past perfect (had) instead of the present perfect (has). This isn't a continuing action. However, it is an action from the past that occurred before another past action (the start-up's claim).

I eliminated D/E because of the plural "their."

I eliminated C because of the use of present tense.

I didn't like the adverb "recently" in B and thought it was incorrect.
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Tense is clear from the tone of sentence (Past tense) and two events are occurring (both past events ) use Past perfect .... thus A .

other way ...elimination .... Pronoun it's --> company ...so their is wrong usage ...elliminate d nd e ....
new recent/recently ....clearly recent refer to event so its correct ...

only opt which is left is A ....so A is the answer ;)
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so adverb can not modify an adjective ? like the recently arrived passenger?
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Announcing that one of its key successes had been the recent well-received beta launch, the Internet start-up 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


between past perfect and present perfect , what should be preferred here ?


I will go with B.
well-received is an adjective and should be modified by adverb. I think this sentence looks good with both past perfect and present perfect .(jus a slight change in meaning)


But recently well-received means it was well-received just recently and (all of a sudden) it became its key successs?? I think A is correct. The start-up launched a new thing in recent time, it became succesfull and hence key success.
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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
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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




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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KarishmaParmar wrote:
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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

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 -

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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.


Check carefully there is a clear timeline as follows -
Attachment:
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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).
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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.

I am always impressed by your honest, insightful remarks.

honest - quality
insightful - quality


Great explanation! Thank you!!

Just curious - Is there a difference between

a big old shaggy dog

and

a shaggy old big dog

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Great explanation! Thank you!!

Just curious - Is there a difference between

a big old shaggy dog

and

a shaggy old big dog

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Adjectives have a natural order. Check here: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar ... ives-order
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A is the correct and best among all with proper tense , adjective usage
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To eliminate B...

..successes (plural) has/is -- incorrect.

Also this happened BEFORE the company "claimed"(simple past tense).

So "had been"(past perfect) is required.--> A
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although this question has no reliable source (I even doubt this question is self-made), the question contains an important pattern in gmat. Test takers must know the pattern.
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