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In the mid-sixteenth century a controversy arose with mixed motives

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In the mid-sixteenth century a controversy arose with mixed motives during a period in history when growing population and the expansion of trade were encouraging the vigorous promotion of wine to be a nutritious as well as medicinal beverage.

A. were encouraging the vigorous promotion of wine to be a nutritious as well as medicinal beverage.

B. had encouraged the vigorous promotion of wine – as a beverage that is both nutritious and medicinal.

C. encouraged the vigorous promotion of wine as a nutritious and medicinal beverage.

D. helped encourage the vigorous promotion of wine as nutritious as well as medicinal.

E. were encouraging the vigorous promotion of wine as nutritious and medicinal.
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15 Sep 2015, 15:15
hiteshahire22 wrote:
In the mid-sixteenth century a controversy arose with mixed motives during a period in history when growing population and the expansion of trade were encouraging the vigorous promotion of wine to be a nutritious as well as medicinal beverage.

A. were encouraging the vigorous promotion of wine to be a nutritious as well as medicinal beverage.

B. had encouraged the vigorous promotion of wine – as a beverage that is both nutritious and medicinal.

C. encouraged the vigorous promotion of wine as a nutritious and medicinal beverage.

D. helped encourage the vigorous promotion of wine as nutritious as well as medicinal.

E. were encouraging the vigorous promotion of wine as nutritious and medicinal.

Dear hiteshahire22,

I'm happy to respond. I don't know the source, but apparently someone had the idea to make a SC question directly from a sentence in this Google Book. This is a procedure of somewhat ambiguous legal ramifications that some not-very-creator question authors use. It makes me a little suspicious of whatever the source might be.

Split #1: Let's look at the verb tenses

(A) "were encouraging" = no justification for use the progressive tense. See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-verbs ... ive-tense/
(B) "had encouraged" = logically doesn't make sense to use the past perfect. The word "when" implies that all events were more-or-less at the same time in the past, so the past perfect is unjustified.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-verb- ... ct-tenses/
(C) "encouraged" = simple past tense! Precisely what we need
(D) "helped encourage" = colloquial and sloppy; this would never be right on the GMAT.
(E) "were encouraging" = again, no need for the progressive tense.

We pretty much can answer the question just from scanning the verbs at the beginning of the answer choices. That is NOT a very well written SC question.

Of course, the correct idiomatic construction for the latter half of the underlined section is:
the vigorous promotion of wine as a nutritious and medicinal beverage
using the idiom
promotion of A as B, where A and B are nouns in the same category. B can also be an adjective, although the adjectival construction here, as in (E), sounds a bit off.

This is a question written by someone who essential was will to pilfer content from a published author, and it was written without a deep understanding of what makes a good GMAT SC question. I am less than impressed.

Here's a high quality SC practice question:
https://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3274

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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