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At a recent session, the French government has decided that Paris needs a second, larger opera house to complement the famous Paris Opera.

(A) has decided that Paris needs
(B) decided that Paris needs
(C) has decided that Paris will need
(D) decided that Paris has a need of
(E) has decided that Paris needed

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The answer is B because the word "has" doesn't have a place in the underlined part of the sentence since the author speaks of a past incident, "in a recent session".

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I think that both verbs "decide and need" should be in the same tense. Why in B, need is in the present? Please explain on this problem. I chosen B first, but later I chosen A for this reason.

OA is B

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I dont see whats wrong with A. OK, it is about a past action, but it has a current effect: present perfect is OK.

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Present Perfect:

Action Started.............continue.....................Present.

=> Means an action started in the past and continued to present. There will be an on going operation or action.

In the recent session, a decision was taken. There is no ongoing action here. Some took the decision. Then what? anything else up to present? No. Means there is no ongoing action. So, we need to use past simple tense.

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action of decision taking is done so simple past tense is required and bigger opera is required it is kind of fact, so present tense is required

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Thanks gmatisnothard. I am sure that you are the "GMATISSIMPLE" from urch.com
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Present Perfect:

Action Started.............continue.....................Present.

=> Means an action started in the past and continued to present. There will be an on going operation or action.

In the recent session, a decision was taken. There is no ongoing action here. Some took the decision. Then what? anything else up to present? No. Means there is no ongoing action. So, we need to use past simple tense.

Hope that helps.

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I think that both verbs "decide and need" should be in the same tense. Why in B, need is in the present? Please explain on this problem. I chosen B first, but later I chosen A for this reason.

OA is B


"Decide" should be in the past because of "recent session". The government "decided", or took a decision.
Why "need" in simple present? Because the government can take a decision, but can't change the need, at least right away. Is the need already satisfied? The sentence doesn't say that the theater is already built, so the need is still there. Did the population of Paris change their habits and don't need anymore to go to the theater? It's out of the sentence. So, unless we have evidence of any changes (the need is still there), we should use simple present.

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Hey cano, your explanation is good.... and I had narrowed the choices to B and D.

But I chose (D) because I thought that people's need still continues to exist and hence the sentence should say 'Paris has a need of'......why we shoud choose (B) over (D).......please let me know if I need a thought readjustment here.

At a recent session, the French government has decided that Paris needs a second, larger opera house to complement the famous Paris Opera.

(A) has decided that Paris needs
(B) decided that Paris needs
(C) has decided that Paris will need
(D) decided that Paris has a need of
(E) has decided that Paris needed

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Hey cano, your explanation is good.... and I had narrowed the choices to B and D.

But I chose (D) because I thought that people's need still continues to exist and hence the sentence should say 'Paris has a need of'......why we shoud choose (B) over (D).......please let me know if I need a thought readjustment here.


Hi seekmba,

I'm not a SC expert, nor grammar expert, just started to study for GMAT recently. Besides, English is not my first language, so any advice I give you take it as is...

Reading MGMAT SC materials, I learned that if you have 2 options with the same meaning, but one has less words, then choose the shorter option because it will have a clearer meaning. Here, the option B uses only "needs" whereas option D uses "has a need of". I'm not sure whether "has a need of" is completely incorrect or wordy/awkward, but as a general rule (following the materials) the shorter answer is the better one. Here 1 word against 4.

That's all I can say. Following the advice from MGMAT has helped me to at least choose correct answers in practical exams. I'm not saying that I became an expert in English grammar, but if at least I can do better in the GMAT, good to do so.

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decided shoud be "has decided" as the effect is still continued.. can someone share why decided has to be past tense../.

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