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Explaining that one of its many difficulties had been the recent growing injury list among starting players, the minor league baseball team said it would start a month-long search for better physical trainers and physicians.

(A) its many difficulties had been the recent
(B) its many difficulties has been the recently
(C) its many difficulties is the recently
(D) their many difficulties is the recent
(E) their many difficulties had been the recent
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21 Dec 2012, 14:57
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Explaining that one of its many difficulties had been the recent growing injury list among starting players, the minor league baseball team said it would start a month-long search for better physical trainers and physicians.

my doubt was how can a recent (Of the immediate past or just previous to the present time) thing still be growing??
its many difficulties had been the recent growing injury list
So I did not choose past perfect tense is option A

This is the point I had been making, I think the question is faulty and has been built on the MGMT mock question posted a few post earlier (extended sales slump...).
I hope the original posted sites the source and OA for this one.

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21 Dec 2012, 15:38
"Recent" doesn't have to refer to something that is over--it can refer to something current or ongoing, as long as it is relatively new.

By the way, the other question you're referring to ("extended sales slump") isn't ours--it's #48 in the 2nd edition Verbal Review.
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21 Dec 2012, 15:47
DmitryFarber wrote:
"Recent" doesn't have to refer to something that is over--it can refer to something current or ongoing, as long as it is relatively new.

By the way, the other question you're referring to ("extended sales slump") isn't ours--it's #48 in the 2nd edition Verbal Review.

Sorry mistake on my part

Thanks for clarifying that
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08 Oct 2013, 02:00
first of all it has been incorrectly titled as a sub 600 question and secomd of all can the use of has been and recent in the same sentence be considered redundant?
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Explaining that one of its many difficulties had been the recent growing injury list among starting players, the minor league baseball team said it would start a month-long search for better physical trainers and physicians.

(A) its many difficulties had been the recent
(B) its many difficulties has been the recently
(C) its many difficulties is the recently
(D) their many difficulties is the recent
(E) their many difficulties had been the recent

Clearly choice A is correct.

its refers to minor league baseball team; We can take the clue from the second' it' that follows 'said' in the sentence.
So, D and E are out.

C is out because the overall tense of the sentence in past tense as indicated by the non-underlined part of the sentence.

Between A and B , A is correct-

In B, the tense has wrongly been changed to present perfect which is wrong.
Moreover , recently is an adverb which seems to modify the participle verb Growing which is actually modifying the noun injury list.

But we need to modify the NOUN PHRASE- growing injury list and so we need an adjective-RECENT.

Hope it helps!!!

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10 Mar 2015, 04:57
kapilhede17 wrote:
Explaining that one of its many difficulties had been the recent growing injury list among starting players, the minor league baseball team said it would start a month-long search for better physical trainers and physicians.

(A) its many difficulties had been the recent
(B) its many difficulties has been the recently
(C) its many difficulties is the recently
(D) their many difficulties is the recent
(E) their many difficulties had been the recent

Clearly choice A is correct.

its refers to minor league baseball team; We can take the clue from the second' it' that follows 'said' in the sentence.
So, D and E are out.

C is out because the overall tense of the sentence in past tense as indicated by the non-underlined part of the sentence.

Between A and B , A is correct-

In B, the tense has wrongly been changed to present perfect which is wrong.
Moreover , recently is an adverb which seems to modify the participle verb Growing which is actually modifying the noun injury list.

But we need to modify the NOUN PHRASE- growing injury list and so we need an adjective-RECENT.

Hope it helps!!!

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13 Mar 2015, 21:25
Explaining that one of its many difficulties had been the recent growing injury list among starting players, the minor league baseball team said it would start a month-long search for better physical trainers and physicians.

(A) its many difficulties had been the recent

(B) its many difficulties has been the recently

(C) its many difficulties is the recently

(D) their many difficulties is the recent

(E) their many difficulties had been the recent
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14 Mar 2015, 05:54
Difficult question. The argument is between recent and recently.
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12 Jun 2015, 03:25
manhattan SC says: present + future(will be) or past+conditional(would)... since would is given hence choices having "had" will be the correct one.
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20 Jun 2015, 11:19
At the risk of sounding very ignorant, may I ask why can't C be the correct answer? Is it the verb form? Does that mean that with "will" in place of "would" C can be the right answer choice.
And also why is 'recently growing" wrong.

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21 Jun 2015, 09:00
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Explaining that one of its many difficulties had been the recent growing injury list among starting players, the minor league baseball team said it would start a month-long search for better physical trainers and physicians.

(A) its many difficulties had been the recent
(B) its many difficulties has been the recently
(C) its many difficulties is the recently
(D) their many difficulties is the recent
(E) their many difficulties had been the recent

Injuries started from past and continued till now (when team Said)- > Had been is correct
Team - Singular, Singular Pronoun Its is correct not their.

Option A is correct.
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21 Jun 2015, 21:45
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The term team is singular and therefore you require its; the adverb recently can not modify the adjective growing. Therefore, you need an adjective – recent -. The word recent implies a finished event and the past perfect had been appropriately fits in. A is the one that fulfills all the criteria

Hi,

Could someone pls clarify why B is wrong. I feel the adverb can modify a verb/adjective/other adverbs... Also "had been" means that the list has stopped growing

while clearly the list is growing...(hence has been is correctly used).

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21 Jun 2015, 23:07
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daagh wrote:
The term team is singular and therefore you require its; the adverb recently can not modify the adjective growing. Therefore, you need an adjective – recent -. The word recent implies a finished event and the past perfect had been appropriately fits in. A is the one that fulfills all the criteria

Hi,

Could someone pls clarify why B is wrong. I feel the adverb can modify a verb/adjective/other adverbs... Also "had been" means that the list has stopped growing

while clearly the list is growing...(hence has been is correctly used).

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GMAT supports 2 grammatically correct structure,

I chose Option B, since overall tense of non underlined part appears to be past tense.

However, the logic on which i selected answer can be debated since,
Present tense in indirect speech will be re-presented by past tense. So overall non underline part is present tense and hence Option B can be correct

I think, Option Choice are not correct and both option A and B can be debated.

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21 Jun 2015, 23:19
Hi,

I am just going by logic here.

If the list is growing even now... I have to do something about it. I set a time frame...

If the list has stopped growing already.... Do I have to worry about it and set a time frame for resolving it? I doubt it... also the sentence nowhere says that the issue has stopped... In other sentences I have seen instances where if its not mentioned specifically , you understand that the event has not stopped yet ....

I understand that both the cases that you said can be true logically and grammatically.

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This is a flawed rewrite of an official SC problem. In the original, it made sense to have the word "recent" modify the whole phrase "extended sales slump." However, the same logic doesn't really apply to "growing injury list." It doesn't make sense that we have a "growing injury list" that is recent. It would make a bit more sense to use "recently." The adverb "recently" would just modify "growing." When was the list growing? Recently.

I would recommend focusing on the original problem (cited earlier in the thread) rather than this one.
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ParmarKP, the problem with C is that "is" puts it in the present tense, which contrasts with the later use of "said." We might get away with present tense ("has been"), since that indicates something that started in the past and continues, but the simple present doesn't make sense in this context.
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27 Aug 2015, 13:17
D & E - out because of the use of "their".
C out as well - it doesn't bring out the element of continuity
between A & B, b has adverb - recently. Adverb can't modify "growing list" we need adj.
By POE "A"
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A, it is in past tense. and the the action which happened earlier in the past will take past perfect tense.
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