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# GMAT : using future perfect tense

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19 Jul 2018, 06:48
Amazon will sell as many as 7 million Kindles by the end of the year, adding significantly to its earnings since kindle owners appear to buy more books than other shoppers.

Corrected Sentence: Amazon will have sold as many as 7 million Kindles by the end of the year, adding significantly to its earnings since kindle owners appear to buy more books than other shoppers.

The rule for using future perfect tense is that in the sequence of related events that happens in the future, it is used in the verb of a first event.
However, the rule did not apply here.
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19 Jul 2018, 07:02
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akash7gupta11 wrote:
Amazon will sell as many as 7 million Kindles by the end of the year, adding significantly to its earnings since kindle owners appear to buy more books than other shoppers.

Corrected Sentence: Amazon will have sold as many as 7 million Kindles by the end of the year, adding significantly to its earnings since kindle owners appear to buy more books than other shoppers.

The rule for using future perfect tense is that in the sequence of related events that happens in the future, it is used in the verb of a first event.
However, the rule did not apply here.

I see nothing wrong with the corrected sentence. The first event that occurs is the selling of 7 million kindles and then comes the end of the year. So the future perfect tense is correctly used for the event that happens first. Can you explain why you think it is wrong ?
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19 Jul 2018, 22:29
Corrected Sentence is spot on.

However,
ON EGMAT video instruction it was stated that -The rule for using future perfect tense is that in the sequence of related events that happens in the future, it is used in the verb of a first event.
In this case, Amazon will have sold as many as 7 million is the second event.

I wonder if the rule stated in the Egmat video instruction is not true in all future perfect tense.
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19 Jul 2018, 22:40
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akash7gupta11 wrote:
Corrected Sentence is spot on.

However,
ON EGMAT video instruction it was stated that -The rule for using future perfect tense is that in the sequence of related events that happens in the future, it is used in the verb of a first event.
In this case, Amazon will have sold as many as 7 million is the second event.

I wonder if the rule stated in the Egmat video instruction is not true in all future perfect tense.

Notice future perfect tense will only apply to the first event of two related events. In the above sentence, the first event among the two related events (Amazon selling 7 million kindles and end of the year) is the selling of 7 million kindles. So, "Amazon selling 7 million kindles" is the first event and the "end of the year" which comes later is second event. So I think the rule stated in the video is still correct. Hope this helps.

Also note that "since kindle owners appear to buy more books than other shoppers" is an unrelated event to either "selling 7 million kindles" or "end of the year".
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19 Jul 2018, 22:45
Thank you workout that makes a lot of sense.
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akash7gupta11 wrote:
Thank you workout that makes a lot of sense.

Glad to helpout since I went through that topic recently. Good luck with your preparations.
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