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# From the first-class wait staff to the exotic dishes and the ornate si

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From the first-class wait staff to the exotic dishes and the ornate silverware, everything about the banquet was designed to impress, and it is.

(A) was designed to impress, and it is

(B) is designed to impress, and it has

(C) is designed to impress, and it does

(D) is being designed to impress, and it has

(E) had been designed to impress, and it has

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Originally posted by souvik101990 on 24 Sep 2014, 10:16.
Last edited by Bunuel on 06 Mar 2019, 01:12, edited 1 time in total.
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25 Sep 2014, 07:58
A simple tip to remember is to add the subject after the verb and read the sentence back.

On a side note, I am a noob on this site and I don't yet understand the purpose of not providing the OA for RAGCT questions. Where can I check my answer for such questions? I hope someone clarifies!
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25 Sep 2014, 14:18
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On a side note, I am a noob on this site and I don't yet understand the purpose of not providing the OA for RAGCT questions. Where can I check my answer for such questions? I hope someone clarifies!
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Hi Blackbox,
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25 Nov 2014, 06:22
I was left with B and C, finally selected B and got it wrong.
How can we eliminate B here?
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25 Nov 2014, 08:56
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I was left with B and C, finally selected B and got it wrong.
How can we eliminate B here?

This is a clone of SC # 91 from OG 13. See in-an-effort-to-reduce-their-inventories-italian-vintners-83910.html

Basically this comes down to proper ellipsis, the ability to leave off the verb in the second part of a sentence. For example:

"I have studied for the GMAT and you have [] too." - Here we can leave off the second "studied for the GMAT" because it is already understood.

In this question, B says "everything about the banquet is designed to impress, and it has". The intended meaning of this ellipsis is to omit the verb "impressed", making it "everything about the banquet is designed to impress, and it has [impressed]". Unfortunately, we cannot complete the ellipsis this way because [impressed] doesn't appear elsewhere in the sentence. The only grammatical ellipsis would could create is "everything about the banquet is designed to impress, and it has [designed to impress]", which improperly means that the banquet itself has done the designing.

C creates proper ellipsis because it says "everything about the banquet is designed to impress, and it does". In this case, the omitted verb is "impress", making it "everything about the banquet is designed to impress, and it does [impress]".

Alternatively, another way to look at this is through verb tense consistency. B starts in present simple form (meaning in general, or for all times) and then shifts to present perfect (meaning before, and potentially up till, now). It's perfectly fine to shift tenses, but there needs to be a reason to do so - a time modifier such as "until now". We don't have that in B, so we shouldn't change tenses. A, D, and E all have similar issues.

C doesn't have this problem, because C starts in present simple and ends in present simple. No time modifiers necessitate a change, so don't change tenses, especially since it matches the meaning, that the banquet is designed to impress (a general characteristic about the banquet) and it does impress (another general characteristic about the banquet).
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03 Apr 2016, 01:54
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Ellipses again.
Complete the phrases to include the skipped portion and check whether the entities have been compared logically including tenses

From the first-class wait staff to the exotic dishes and the ornate silverware, everything about the banquet was designed to impress, and it is.

(A) was designed to impress, and it is - impressive. Comparing was..... impress and is..... impressive. Past w/ Present

(B) is designed to impress, and it has - impressed. Comparing is..... impress and has..... impressed. Present w/ Past

(C) is designed to impress, and it does - impress. Comparing is..... impress and does impress. Both Present. Correct!!

(D) is being designed to impress, and it has - impressed. Comparing is being designed to impress and it has impressed. Present Continuous w/ Past.

(E) had been designed to impress, and it has - impressed. Comparing had been..... impress and has..... impressed. Past Perfect w/ Simple Past.
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09 Oct 2018, 11:29
Veritas Prep Official Solution:

Your first Decision Point should be the verb tense differences, which allow you to quickly eliminate D and E.
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D. is being designed to impress, and it has

D incorrectly places the design of this banquet after the fact that it impresses, which is illogical.
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E. had been designed to impress, and it has

And choice E incorrectly uses the past-perfect “had been designed” without a past- tense event.
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A. was designed to impress, and it is
B. is designed to impress, and it has

Choices A and B, then, improperly connect the second half of the answer choice with the first.
In A and B, the verbs “is” and “has” would require different forms of the verb “impress” (“is impressing” or “has impressed”),and without those clearly spelled out the placeholder does not work.
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C. is designed to impress, and it does

“Does” in C is a direct placeholder for “impress”, so that replacement works.

Accordingly, C is correct.
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