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Has been Vs Was

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13 Aug 2005, 01:37
Although the Supreme Court ruled as long ago as 1880 that Blacks could not be excluded outright from jury service, nearly a century of case-by-case adjudication has been necessary to develop and enforce the principle that all juries must be drawn from â€œa fair cross section of the community.â€

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13 Aug 2005, 05:02
I'll go with B. I don't see a grammatical error in it, despite the fact that it does sound awkward.

I think the inapproriate use of present perfect in A is the bigger problem here. "Nearly a century" after 1880 implies that the process has already concluded, so we should use past simple.

All in all, this a lousy question and a really close call. Any of the two answers could be correct, depending on what assumptions you make and how you support them...

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13 Aug 2005, 20:01
I'd also go with A.

In addition to what Vasil said, B sounds bad and may be ambigious.

The principle of all juries Are we inforcing the principle of all juries? It sounds as if the juries have a principle and we are trying to enforce it.

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13 Aug 2005, 23:50
Doesn't "Necessary for" look awkward?
I would go with option A, "Necessary to" looks more fine.

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14 Aug 2005, 08:36
Thanks for the replies ....

is it approriate to use present perfect (choice A)

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14 Aug 2005, 11:20
gmatdena wrote:
Thanks for the replies ....

is it approriate to use present perfect (choice A)

Really depends on which timeframe we choose to focus on. I think that "nearly a hundred years after 1880" means that the process is over, so we should use past simple. Present perfect is used to express a process, which continues in / upto the present, but we are not talking about the present, are we?

If we still haven't managed to enforce the "principle that ...", present perfect is the obvious choice here. It sounds to me like we finished the job about 25 years ago, so I'm sticking with (B)

gmatdena, by the way you have asked your question, I can tell that I am wrong...

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