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Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, their descendents, 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 35 years after the time that African honeybees were released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then
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B. In less than 35 years since releasing African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, -- Since is incorrect - coz since means from a point of time to till date.
C. In less than the 35 years since African honeybees had been released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,-- same as B
D. It took less than 35 years from the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, when -- from.. when unidiomatic. and pronoun it is unnecessary
E. It took less than 35 years after the time that African honeybees were released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then -- same as D
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New post 09 Jan 2009, 14:47
C sounds correct because the release of the honeybees preceded the migration of its descendants and both the actions took place in the past. Therefore, the release should be "had been released" and the "migrated" as correctly written is "had migrated"
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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 35 years after the time that African honeybees were released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then

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cannot understand the verb tense agreement: 'release' and the verb 'had been'. Can someone explain after choosing the correct answer. Thanks

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you mean c is right due to correct tense?
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Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, their descendents, popular 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, "In less than 35 years" should be used instead of "Less than 35 years" .

B. In less than 35 years since releasing African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, "Since releasing" is wrong because the action in first clause should happen before the action in second clause.Hence tense should be past perfect "had'.

C. In less than the 35 years since African honeybees had been released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil,option D s is right as tense( "had" ) and "since" is rightly used.

D. It took less than 35 years from the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, when"from the release" is wrong. we use words like since,after,when to indicate time durations or a period of time.

E. It took less than 35 years after the time that African honeybees were released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, and thenawkward no need to use words like "time"

cannot understand the verb tense agreement: 'release' and the verb 'had been'. Can someone explain after choosing the correct answer. Thanks

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I am sorry in my early post I meant C is right. That was a typo. Thanks.
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Less than 35 years after the release of African honeybees outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, their descendents, popular 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 35 years after the time that African honeybees were released outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then

cannot understand the verb tense agreement: 'release' and the verb 'had been'. Can someone explain after choosing the correct answer. Thanks


I don't understand why 'A' is wrong.

"IN" definitely is not required. For ex:- "Less than 2 hrs after escaping, 2 inmates are back in jail". Furthermore, we don't need had been because the action is not continuous.

I think answer is 'A'

What is OA?

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OA is A
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Any other explanations for the other sentences?
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my pick is A

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Could anyone eplain why A?
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Can some expert explain why A and not C?
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IMHO (C)...
(A) doesnt look right. - Missing "In.."
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I selected C for the usage of tense. My confusion is with the adjective "popular" following " their descendants" it agrees with the antecedent but would "popularly" known also fit the tense? I am working on s.c. now to improve my command of English grammatical structure.
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could anybody elaborate a bit more on this one?
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wait wait wait, how has nobody commented on the phrase "popular known as" in the original sentence. i am assuming OP made a typo and this was to be "popularly known as"

i would say best answer is also A. C is just very wordy to me, both a and c are saying the same thing in essence.

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Really good question !
Demonstrates how a past perfect tense can be used in a sentence without the use of simple past preceeding it ... I hate exceptions !
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This is a GMAT Prep question and the OA is A.
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Out of the two past events presented here,the later one should have a had,since its an event which is after the first event.
This is correct in A. Hence A prevails.
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