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Modern planetary science has a detailed understanding of the condition

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Modern planetary science has a detailed understanding of the conditions necessary for a planet to develop life, but scientists are still unable to determine whether a given specific planet meeting all these conditions does develop life.

A. does develop
B. is developing
C. might have developed
D. has developed
E. could be developing

Originally posted by ronr34 on 18 Aug 2014, 08:50.
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Life has been developed, and scientists interested to know if some condition has developed it. So, D
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As I have seen in magoosh lessons
When we talk geographical or planetary issues, we ought to use present tense. Would Mike elaborate this question for us?
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Does develop vs Has developed.

"scientists determine [..] does develop life"
"scientists determine [..] has developed life"

Has developed encompasses a "more complete" time, as it extends to the past. By choosing "does develop", you are implying that scientists have already determined whether "[..] developed life", which as far as I know is inaccurate.
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Any specific doubt you have with this question? If you consider the split between tenses and correlate with the overall tense of the sentence, you are done.

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Hi mikemcgarry

Ideally i was expecting an option that would say - will develop life.

Could you please let me know why option D is correct and A is wrong ?
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Split #1: the progressive verb is not inappropriate. We don't need to know whether life on some other planet is in the process of developing at some exact instant. That's not the concern of the sentence. The future case in (B) therefore doesn't fit.

Split #2: according to the scientists, the conditions themselves already guarantee that life "could develop". If a planet meets these conditions, there's nothing hypothetical in question --- we know life "could develop." We want to know whether life actually has developed. Both hypothetical answers, (C) & (E), are wrong.

Split #3: The structure in (A) is quite unusual. The structure "is"/"are" + [infinitive] connotes some sort of necessity: an authoritative order or something about destiny. (a) I have never seen the structure employed as part of a correct answer on the GMAT. (b) Its connotations are completely wrong here—nothing is setting the planet's "destiny." This is incorrect.

This development could have happened in the past, up to and including the present: for this, we need the present perfect tense. Only (D) has this. (D) is the only possible answer.
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Hi GMATNinja, I was wondering could you please explain why option A is incorrect and D is correct? I eliminated option D because I thought we didn't need a certainty in the sentence. Considering there is a doubt (scientists are still unable to determine whether a given specific planet...), I thought it would be better to use option A instead to showcase this doubt. Would greatly appreciate it if you could please shed some light on this question!
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daagh sir , MagooshExpert , pqhai

It still seems unclear why D is preferred over A. Both options seem gramatically correct and seem to be conveying the correct meaning.
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Any specific doubt you have with this question? If you consider the split between tenses and correlate with the overall tense of the sentence, you are done.

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It still seems unclear why D is preferred over A. Both options seem gramatically correct and seem to be conveying the correct meaning.
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Akshay J wrote:
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Any specific doubt you have with this question? If you consider the split between tenses and correlate with the overall tense of the sentence, you are done.

Cheers !! :-)


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It still seems unclear why D is preferred over A. Both options seem gramatically correct and seem to be conveying the correct meaning.


As mentioned in OE :

Split #3: The structure in (A) is quite unusual. The structure "is"/"are" + [infinitive] connotes some sort of necessity: an authoritative order or something about destiny. (a) I have never seen the structure employed as part of a correct answer on the GMAT. (b) Its connotations are completely wrong here—nothing is setting the planet's "destiny." This is incorrect.

Do you have any specific query?
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Split#3 is not clear to me because of the following reasons:

1. "is"/"are" + [infinitive] is present in neither A nor D
2. could you please elaborate on "Its connotations are completely wrong here" part of the OE?

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Split#3 is not clear to me because of the following reasons:

1. "is"/"are" + [infinitive] is present in neither A nor D
2. could you please elaborate on "Its connotations are completely wrong here" part of the OE?

Thanks in advance


It is talking about "does develop" part. In this case "does" is acting main verb. develops would have made some sense in this case but does develop is wrong in any possible case. does + infinitive is wrong. its basic rule of present tense.
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daagh sir , MagooshExpert , pqhai

It still seems unclear why D is preferred over A. Both options seem gramatically correct and seem to be conveying the correct meaning.

Hi Prateek176,

Please see the updated explanation for this on the blog post:

Split #3: The development of life is not necessarily in the present moment, so the present tense in (A) is incorrect. This development could have happened in the past, up to and including the present: for this, we need the present perfect tense. Only (D) has this.

Hopefully that clears up the issue here :-)

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