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In June of 1989, Princeton Township approved a developerâ€™s plans to build 300 houses on a large portion of the 210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton, one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields

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21 Jun 2004, 00:16
Will go with D
D correctly links the undeveloped bfield to the ONLY one of the 8 bfields

(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains

In A,B,C ONLY is in the wrong place. The author means out of the 8 bfields only one is undeveloped.

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21 Jun 2004, 17:36
I'll go with A on this one
A) "One of only X" is proper usage when we intend to say that it is one out of a limited group of. Furthermore, past perfect tense is good since it means that the lands were undeveloped before the actual development happened(in 1989).
B) "one of eight of the only" --> this is not english to me
C) wrong use of present tense "remains" since the underdevelopment happened before the construction. Furthermore, third person singular use "remains" should have been third person plural "remain"
D) changes the meaning of the sentence. Why are the battlefields to remain undeveloped if there are now plans to build 300 houses on it?
E) "only one of the eight" shifts the emphasis of the importance of the 210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton. This means that the site is only one of the many battlefields and is unimportant in and of itself whereas the sentence should convey the idea that the site IS important since it is part of ONLY eight existing battlefields
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21 Jun 2004, 17:45
mba wrote:
In June of 1989, Princeton Township approved a developerâ€™s plans to build 300 houses on a large portion of the 210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton, one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.
(A) one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped
(B) one of eight of the only Revolutionary War battlefields that have remained undeveloped
(C) one of the only eight undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields that remains
(D) only one of eight Revolutionary War battlefields to remain undeveloped
(E) only one of the eight remaining undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefields

Need explanations.

A) correctly uses past perfect tense.
B) "..of the only Revolutionary war.." refers to the war not the battlefields.
C) present tense?? we are talking of the past.

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21 Jun 2004, 23:48
OA is (A).

Good explanation Paul,

Thanks

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26 Jan 2005, 05:17
Sorry for bringing this post out late. I don't want to post another one. But I don't understand the part "had remained undeveloped". Can someone explain it with some grammar rule please?

"had remained" is in past perfect and "remained" in a verb. So what is up with "undeveloped". Look like it is a verb too in participle right after "remained". Shoundn't it be "had remained to be undeveloped"??

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26 Jan 2005, 06:17
Excellent explanation from Paul.
We have to use past perfect tense over here.
It was never developed and it is not developed still.
Its like this probably.
Iraq War had been a great burden on our economy in terms of budget deficits ).

I hope I'm clear in explaining this scenario.
In the same way, it was never developed and its still undeveloped.

Aryan.

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26 Jan 2005, 07:50
qhoc0010 wrote:
Sorry for bringing this post out late. I don't want to post another one. But I don't understand the part "had remained undeveloped". Can someone explain it with some grammar rule please?

"had remained" is in past perfect and "remained" in a verb. So what is up with "undeveloped". Look like it is a verb too in participle right after "remained". Shoundn't it be "had remained to be undeveloped"??

I see your question. "undeveloped" is a past participle. Past/present participles are NOT verbs. They act as adjectives or adverbs. In this case, "undeveloped" is acting as an adverb. How did the "210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton" remain? Undeveloped.
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26 Jan 2005, 11:52
Wow, thanks for your quick explaination, Paul.
I learn something new everyday.

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25 Jun 2005, 13:49
Paul wrote:
I'll go with A on this one
A) "One of only X" is proper usage when we intend to say that it is one out of a limited group of. Furthermore, past perfect tense is good since it means that the lands were undeveloped before the actual development happened(in 1989).
B) "one of eight of the only" --> this is not english to me
C) wrong use of present tense "remains" since the underdevelopment happened before the construction. Furthermore, third person singular use "remains" should have been third person plural "remain"
D) changes the meaning of the sentence. Why are the battlefields to remain undeveloped if there are now plans to build 300 houses on it?
E) "only one of the eight" shifts the emphasis of the importance of the 210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton. This means that the site is only one of the many battlefields and is unimportant in and of itself whereas the sentence should convey the idea that the site IS important since it is part of ONLY eight existing battlefields

Paul, i have a couple of questions on this SC:

#1: AC A follow the following structure: IC, DC.

IC = Princeton Township approved a developerâ€™s plans to build 300 houses on a large portion of the 210-acre site of the Battle of Princeton

DC = one of only eight Revolutionary War battlefields that had remained undeveloped.

However AC "D" follows the same structure syntatically: IC, DC. How does the change in tense [from past perfect to present tense] modify the meaning of the sentence?

Could you please elaborate on how AC D and E modify the meaning of the sentence. I read your explanation above and didnt understand it.

regards,
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16 Jun 2007, 23:25
Paul wrote:
I'll go with A on this one
A) "One of only X" is proper usage when we intend to say that it is one out of a limited group of. Furthermore, past perfect tense is good since it means that the lands were undeveloped before the actual development happened(in 1989).

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