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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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Hi Ratnakar,

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.

Since the meaning is relatively simple to understand, let’s move to Error Analysis:

1. Let’s put all the action in this sentence on a timeline as they happened:
i. The Internet startup launched beta trial.
iii. The startup made the claims.
iv. It would introduce many new products.
So, we see that launching the beta trial was the very first action that the Internet startup company did among all the events. Hence, it has been correctly written in past perfect tense.

2. The second thing to understand here is the usage of the word “recent”. This word is an adjective that can refer to a noun or another adjective. Let’s take an example and explain:

Currently the date is March 25.
Picture that the Internet startup launched one beta trial on February 15 and it launched another beta trial on March 15. So out of the two, the beta trial which was launched on Mar 15 is recent.

If we change “recent” into “recently”, this adverb will modify the adjective “well-received”. This means that the beta launch was well-received in the near past. Use of “recently” changes the intended meaning of the sentence. So use of “recent” is correct here as it is meant to modify “beta-launch” and not “well-received”.

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A. its key successes had been the recent: Correct for the reasons above.

B. its key successes has been the recently: Incorrect.
i. Use of present perfect tense is incorrect because this is the oldest activity in the sentence and must be written in past perfect tense.
ii. Use of recently is incorrectly.

C. its key successes is the recently: Incorrect. Repeats both the errors of Choice B.

D. their key successes is the recent: Incorrect.
i. Plural pronoun “they” does not agree in number with its singular antecedent “Internet startup”.
ii. Repeats the verb tense error of Choice C.

E their key successes had been the recent: Incorrect. Repeats the pronoun error of Choice D.

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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: ...
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.

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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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 I cannot tell you why "had been" is better than "has been" in this case, but "recently" is wrong because it is referred to the beta launch A its key successes had been the recent (...)beta launch CORRECT B its key successes has been the recently (...)beta launch C its key successes is the recently The next sentence uses the past "the Internet startup claimed", and "recently" is wrong "the Internet startup" is singular, their is wrong D their key successes is the recent E their key successes had been the recent _________________ It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge that begins with experience. 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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 between past perfect and present perfect , what should be preferred here ? Well this answer would have been (A) even if we had this choice : its key successes had been the recently Adjective can modify Noun Adverb can modify Verb Here well-received beta launch is a NOUN and not VERB, so you have to go with adjective :RECENT and not adverb : REECENTLY Coming to the use of HAD BEEN, it is parallelism.... HAD BEEN is parallel to WOULD, so this would narrow down the choices to A, E...After that ITS is the correct usage so go for A... 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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 1517 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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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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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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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 ?
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the OA is A . It is between recent (adjective) and recently ( adverb) , and an adverb CAN NOT be used to modify a noun , therefore the answer is A. I too was confused between A and B .

the second issue with the question is present perfect v/s past perfect, can anyone try and clarify that part ?
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the OA is A . It is between recent (adjective) and recently ( adverb) , and an adverb CAN NOT be used to modify a noun , therefore the answer is A. I too was confused between A and B .

the second issue with the question is present perfect v/s past perfect, can anyone try and clarify that part ?

Can some one explain why do we need coordinating adjective here ?
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garimavyas wrote:
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 ?

1. The starup claimed after announcing so sentence should be in past perfect.
2. The adjective recent should be used here and not the adverb recently. Check the difference:

recently launched

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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 ?

'recent' vs 'recently' - 'recently' is usually used to provide further information about an action.

e.g. "I bumped into Clifford recently", "The neighbors argued over the noise level recently".
It is commonly found at the beginning or the ending of a clause. E.g. "Recently, Jane met up with Jim" which can also be rewritten as "Jane met up with Jim recently". 'Recently' is further information pertaining to the meet-up.

'recent' is used when describing an event/incident.
E.g. 'The recent launch', 'The recent bird flu break-out', 'The recent news about the idiots who kayaked despite the Hurricane warning..."

Since we are talking about an event 'the launch' in this question, it should be 'recent' and not 'recently'. The other clue is that 'recent/recently' is found in the middle of the clause, thus the chances of 'recent' being correct is greater than 'recently'.
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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 ?

OA should be A

Splits
1) recent vs. recently
Since question stem contains "recent", we should stick to it. So, we can eliminate (B) and (C)

2) its vs their
since "Internet start-up " is singular, we should use "its". So, (D) and (E) can be eliminated.

We are left with A.
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