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# Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees

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Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, their descendants, popularly known as killer bees, had migrated as far north as southern Texas.

A) Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,

B) In less than 35 years since releasing African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,

C) In less than the 35 years since African honeybees had been released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,

D) It took less than 35 years from the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, when

E) It took less than the 35 years after the time that African honeybees were released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then
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09 Dec 2005, 15:42
A stands good.

B: releasing - incorrect; who is released?
C: the 35 years - usage of "the" smells incorrect. also passive
D. when at the end is incorrect.
E. and then at the end incorrect; passive; the 35 years
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09 Dec 2005, 16:52
what makes "the thrity five years" wrong?
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09 Dec 2005, 16:58
joemama142000 wrote:
what makes "the thrity five years" wrong?

In less than the 35 years since African honeybees had been released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,

the meaning of bolded part, to be, is all those 35 years or each of these years.

less than <each of 35 years>

i am just learning basics..very good chance i might be wrong
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09 Dec 2005, 17:18
joemama142000 wrote:
Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, their descendants, popularly known as killer bees, had migrated as far north as southern Texas.

A) Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,

B) In less than 35 years since releasing African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,

C) In less than the 35 years since African honeybees had been released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,

D) It took less than 35 years from the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, when

E) It took less than the 35 years after the time that African honeybees were released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then

I believe C is wrong because the use of tense suggests that African honey bees were released at the same time that their decesendents migrated

Although can someone explain the tense structure for A? I know you use past perfect to indicate that an action in the past occured before another action in the past. So why is the past perfect used here? The african honey bees were released before their decesndents migrated.
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09 Dec 2005, 19:05
duttsit wrote:
A stands good.

B: releasing - incorrect; who is released?
C: the 35 years - usage of "the" smells incorrect. also passive
D. when at the end is incorrect.
E. and then at the end incorrect; passive; the 35 years

yes, A stands good
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11 Dec 2005, 02:00
the oa is A
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11 Dec 2005, 08:29
joemama142000 wrote:
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Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, their descendants, popularly known as killer bees, had migrated as far north as southern Texas.

A) Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,
C) In less than the 35 years since African honeybees had been released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,

I believe C is wrong because the use of tense suggests that African honey bees were released at the same time that their decesendents migrated

Although can someone explain the tense structure for A?

imo, you are right.
the question is little wired since none of the ACs are seem correct to me. certainly, A is not an ideal one. i donot think its tense structure is correct.
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12 Dec 2005, 08:40
I dont understand why A is correct.

Can some one explain why the past perfect was suitable here?
The action their decendents had migrated happen before what action?
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12 Dec 2005, 10:40
Every time I get this answer wrong.
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13 Dec 2005, 06:56
The idiom in B should be reconstructed to read released from....

(A) stands.
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02 Nov 2007, 10:07
choose B but OA is A

why BCDE are wrong ??
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02 Nov 2007, 11:23
A looks good to me.

Though its confusing with the verb tense since "had" is in the second part, we need to have a simple past for the second action. But I am not sure why we need to have had in the second part since that is the second action and therefore should be in the simple past.
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02 Nov 2007, 14:10
joemama142000 wrote:
Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, their descendants, popularly known as killer bees, had migrated as far north as southern Texas.

A) Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,
B) In less than 35 years since releasing African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,
C) In less than the 35 years since African honeybees had been released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,
D) It took less than 35 years from the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, when
E) It took less than the 35 years after the time that African honeybees were released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then

A.
B and C has the wrong use of since. D and E are lenghty and completely ungramitical. so A remains.
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