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Next October, the commission's delegation will visit the Prince of Westphalia, contributing the largest amounts to the commission over each of the last seven years.

A) contributing
B) having contributed
C) who contributed
D) who has contributed
E) who had contributed

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Can anyone tell me why C is truly incorrect especially since the phrase "each of the last seven years" necessitates a simple past tense? The Prince might as well have stopped his donation after seven years, and the delegation might be going to ask him to continue. Also, MGMAT states that the present perfect should not be used if the time is not ambiguous or if the time phrase does not include the present. In this case, "each of the last seven years" is the time phrase, and it does not include the present. The time phrase might as well haven been "last year".
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I believe C is incorrect because the effect of the action in the past is still continuing and thus the delegation is visiting the prince in anticipation of a contribution.
Hence the idea that the contribution has indeed stopped doesn't come out sharply from the context above.
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Next October, the commission's delegation will visit the Prince of Westphalia, contributing the largest amounts to the commission over each of the last seven years.

A) contributing
B) having contributed
C) who contributed
D) who has contributed
E) who had contributed

Question:
Can anyone tell me why C is truly incorrect especially since the phrase "each of the last seven years" necessitates a simple past tense? The Prince might as well have stopped his donation after seven years, and the delegation might be going to ask him to continue. Also, MGMAT states that the
present perfect
should not be used if the time is not ambiguous or if the time phrase does not include the present. In this case, "each of the last seven years" is the time phrase, and it does not include the present. The time phrase might as well haven been "last year".


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Here, you have A and B clearly wrong.

Than, basic tense problem: look at the end of the sentence: over each of the last seven years You need a tense that was right in the past but is still be right. C is wrong because you only talk about the past.

You need has contributed

You need answer D.

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A- present continuous-not apt for something that happened in the past
B- awkward construction
C- simple past doesn’t fit here
D- correct answer
E- past perfect is also unnecessary

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"who has contributed" denotes the continuity of the action. It started in the past and remains true to today--->(D)
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What I understood after reading the sentence is "The Prince of Westphalia" contributed to the commission over the past 7 years.

And he may not be doing the same now. Why do we need a present perfect tense here ?
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