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# Of all the vast tides of migration that have swept through

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Of all the vast tides of migration that have swept
through history, maybe none is more concentrated as
the wave that brought 12 million immigrants onto
American shores in little more than three decades.
(A) maybe none is more concentrated as
(B) it may be that none is more concentrated as
(C) perhaps it is none that is more concentrated
than
(D) maybe it is none that was more concentrated
than
(E) perhaps none was more concentrated than

What is wrong with choice (d)? thx!
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07 Dec 2010, 01:27

More ...than ... proper comparison
therefore between C, D, and E
C and D has " it is none".... which is an awkward usage

therefor E
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Of all the vast tides of migration that have swept
through history, maybe none is more concentrated as
the wave that brought 12 million immigrants onto
American shores in little more than three decades.
(A) maybe none is more concentrated as
(B) it may be that none is more concentrated as
(C) perhaps it is none that is more concentrated
than
(D) maybe it is none that was more concentrated
than
(E) perhaps none was more concentrated than

What is wrong with choice (d)? thx!

D has many issues:
1. "is" is in present tense, while the sentence demands past tense.
2. "it" is not required in D as the pronoun "it" does not refer to any antecedent. Hence, it more acts like a demonstrative pronoun, which is not required here.
3. When you say "it is none that was", you are stressing on "none", while the sentence construction does not need this stress.
4. Just another thought - "maybe" is an informal use of "perhaps". "perhaps" is formal. But, just this does not clearly make D wrong.

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Aside the formal and informal aspects of the term ‘maybe’, D is so off the mark on grammar in that you can’t have a present tense for an event that occurred in the past, unless it is a recurring and a universal phenomenon.
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07 Dec 2010, 08:00
gtr022001 wrote:
Of all the vast tides of migration that have swept
through history, maybe none is more concentrated as
the wave that brought 12 million immigrants onto
American shores in little more than three decades.
(A) maybe none is more concentrated as
(B) it may be that none is more concentrated as
(C) perhaps it is none that is more concentrated
than
(D) maybe it is none that was more concentrated
than
(E) perhaps none was more concentrated than

What is wrong with choice (d)? thx!

Hi gtr, the ans to your q - D is wordy and perhaps is a much preferred word over maybe (more formal usage). Hope this helps...
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In D, "it" is not necessary. Also, "it" doesn't have a clear referent (migration, history?).
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29 Dec 2010, 08:54
(E)

(A) maybe none is more concentrated as
(B) it may be that none is more concentrated as
(C) perhaps it is none that is more concentrated than
(D) maybe it is none that was more concentrated than
(E) perhaps none was more concentrated than
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06 Mar 2012, 19:41
I have picked E as the answer choice:

A. This answer is incorrect because of the use of the simple present verb "is". Clearly this event is a fact and is in the past. Therefore, simple past tense should be used.

B. Again, this answer choice uses simple present tense instead of simple past tense. Also, what is "it" referring to?

C. Again, a simple present tense is used instead of simple past tense. The use of the pronoun "it" has no antecedent, so this can't be correct.

D. Although the tense error is correct in this answer choice, the use of the pronoun "it" is incorrect because this pronoun has no antecedent.

E. The pronoun is taken out of this sentence and the use of simple past tense is correct.
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one event that occured in the past is being compared to all the events that have occured till now.
So the past event is denoted with a simple past . This past event (ie. one specific event that has occured in the past- that event that got 12 million immigrants) is compared to all the events until now( ie all the events in the past and all the events till now. so what tense is needed for an event has started in the past and is applicable even today? That is the reason why we denote all the other events in the present perfect!)

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09 Jul 2013, 21:57
could any1 give me a precise idea about the difference between perhaps and May?
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could any1 give me a precise idea about the difference between perhaps and May?

Maybe and perhaps are interchangeable;perhaps is slightly more formal.

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07 Oct 2013, 12:35
Could someone explain the usage of Present perfect tense
Of all the vast tides of migration that have swept through history .

Why not Of all the vast tides of migration that swept through history ?
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Here the present perfect denotes that migration is still present as an Action performed by the particular one was ......

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Could someone explain the usage of Present perfect tense
Of all the vast tides of migration that have swept through history .

Why not Of all the vast tides of migration that swept through history ?

Present perfect is used to denote a continued action (as in this sentence) or its continued effect.
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targetdec31 wrote:
Could someone explain the usage of Present perfect tense
Of all the vast tides of migration that have swept through history .

Why not Of all the vast tides of migration that swept through history ?

Present perfect is used to denote a continued action (as in this sentence) or its continued effect.

Thanks dentobizz / waterflowsup for the prompt reply
@ waterflowsup .. You are right and I had no intent to do so. That was just for my understanding and not for questioning official question . I know that is blasphemy

So I understand now that the action is ongoing so Present Perfect .

I posted so to cross check whether Past perfect was used here by any chance for action in past with some unknown time.
for e.g. I have visited the US . ( some time in past ) vs
I visited the US in 2012 ( action in past at definite time )
So I thought on those lines .

Anyways that seems not the case here .
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I adopted this way to eliminate wrong choices.

A, B --> out as 'more ... as' is an incorrect idiom
C,D --> out as 'it' introduces discrepancy & awkward style

and finally picked 'E' in 25seconds
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First split : More than vs More as : A,B out.
It is none : No one is such ( All tides have swept ---> context wise in history, thus present tense is not required).
None was : No one was ( Yes thats a right pointer to the past tides)
C and D out.

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This sentence depends on the comparative structure x is more than y. Here, an idiomatically incorrect construction x (none) is more as y (the
wave) is used. In addition, the second part of the sentence uses the past tense verb brought, indicating that the event is over. The verb used in
the comparative construction must also be past tense, x (none) was more concentrated than y (the wave). Maybe and perhaps are interchangeable;
perhaps is slightly more formal.

C It is none that is more … is wordy; also, in this
context, it must refer to something (unlike in
phrases such as “it is clear that …”), yet it
does not plausibly refer to anything.
D As in (C), it is none that was more … is
wordy; it must refer to something, yet it
does not plausibly refer to anything.
ECorrect. The correct comparative
construction is used in this sentence; the
verb is past tense.
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We must use 'was' because, waves were in the past.
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past tense is required because of the verb "bought"
Meaning=> of all the tides of migration, none was more concentrated than a particular wave ( that bought 12 million immigrants)
error: tense and more as (comparison)
A,B=> tense issue and more than is correct
C,D wordy, tense issue
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