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# Basic Grammar doubt

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16 Jul 2011, 00:48
1.Twelve birds had originally arrived; only six remain. .. is this correct?

2. Twelve birds have originally arrived; only six remain........? whats wrong with this?

3, Twelve birds originally arrived; only six remain.............. ? whats wrong with this
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16 Jul 2011, 08:24
sudhir18n wrote:

1.Twelve birds had originally arrived; only six remain. .. is this correct?

2. Twelve birds have originally arrived; only six remain........? whats wrong with this?

3, Twelve birds originally arrived; only six remain.............. ? whats wrong with this

3 IMO, is the best. It'd be better if we get the entire sentence."Arriving" is a discrete event and should be in past tense.

In 1, "had arrived" demands another past event, which is absent.

2, present perfect for a discrete event is not preferred in GMAT. Also, the birds are not arriving now.
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16 Jul 2011, 21:42
fluke wrote:
sudhir18n wrote:

1.Twelve birds had originally arrived; only six remain. .. is this correct?

2. Twelve birds have originally arrived; only six remain........? whats wrong with this?

3, Twelve birds originally arrived; only six remain.............. ? whats wrong with this

3 IMO, is the best. It'd be better if we get the entire sentence."Arriving" is a discrete event and should be in past tense.

In 1, "had arrived" demands another past event, which is absent.

2, present perfect for a discrete event is not preferred in GMAT. Also, the birds are not arriving now.

have arrived is perfect tense. Its not necessary since the next action is in present.
Last one seems OK.
Re: Basic Grammar doubt   [#permalink] 16 Jul 2011, 21:42
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