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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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Very good question indeed.
i really got stuck between the answer choices A and B and ultimately went for A by sheer guesswork.

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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 Daagh,

Can shed some light of why recently cannot modify growing

I mean as far as I remember adverbs can modify adjectives .

What exactly is missing here.

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"Recently" can absolutely modify "growing." In fact, that's the option that makes most sense here. However, this problem is a flawed imitation of a real problem (#53 in the 2016 OG Verbal Review, #48 in the previous edition). In that problem, the phrase "recent extended sales slump" was correct, differing greatly in meaning from "recently extended sales slump," which is grammatically okay but makes it sound like someone chose to extend the slump.

This problem doesn't mirror the logic of the original and doesn't really make sense in its current form. I'd recommend that everyone ignore it and focus on the official version.
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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

Why cant recently modify adjective growing ?
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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


I thought the rule was that adverbs could modify adjectives, verbs, and other adverbs. Why can't recently modify growing?

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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


Temporal relationship is calculated from the point of announcement. Since 'the minor league baseball team said' is in past ... team must have explained something happened before its statement , therefore opening modifier requires past perfect. Option A is correct.
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Again, "recently" can modify "growing," and in this case, it should. See my post above.
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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



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Why "recently" can't modify "growing" as adverbs can modify adjectives. Please help
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Here is how I approach the question

Basically I look at growing as an adjective (gerund) just to test whether to use recent or recently I replace growing with the noun form (growth)

Would it make sense to say recently growth or recent growth?

I hope this clarifies your inquiries.

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Salsanousi, you are mixing up adjective forms (present participles) and noun forms (gerunds). In this case, "growing" is serving as an adjective. It's not a gerund, and should not be modified by "recent." If we used "recent" here, it would modify "list," not "growing."
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Ans: A

This is how I reasoned:

Cut 1: Conditional Tenses

The second half of the sentence mentions "the team would start a month......"
Since WOULD is used, we cannot combine this with a present tense as in options B,C and D. All these options use present tense (is, has)
Had the second half of the sentence said " the team WILL start a month...." , Is and Has could've been used

Cut 2: SVA

The team is singular, therefore, IT has to be used.

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