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Reporting that one of its many problems had been the recent extended

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B and C are wrong as ‘recently’ changes the meaning of the sentence. With recently the sentence says that the sales slump was deliberately extended by someone. D and E are wrong because they use the plural ‘they’ to refer to a singular ‘retailer’,
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Still not clear on had/has. Would be great if someone could clarify:-

What if the conversation happened yesterday and the problem still persists?
Can anyone suggest what would be the issue with option B.) then from has/had perspective. The problem stands today as well so in my opinion had should not come as had should be used only when the problem ended.

I got the recently/recent point so that points A as valid choice.
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if two adjectives are used to describe one noun. Shouldn't there be a comma? Recent,extended sales slump
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if two adjectives are used to describe one noun. Shouldn't there be a comma? Recent,extended sales slump

Hello, saro. What you are thinking about are coordinate adjectives, and the rule there is that if you can reverse the order of the adjectives (some sources also say to place "and" between them) without distorting the expression of vital meaning, then you do add a comma. Consider the following sentences:

1) I hope you lead a long, prosperous life.

2) I hope you lead a prosperous, long life.

Although I would favor the first sentence since it seems to roll off the tongue a bit better, the two adjectives can be switched seamlessly. Compare to the following two sentences:

1) The big brown bear attacked the hikers.

2) The brown big bear attacked the hikers.

The second sentence is the kind that a youngster might utter before a parent would offer a correction (to the first sentence). The adjectives here are fixed. Grammatically, they are known as cumulative adjectives. In all honesty, there is no particular underlying reason that the second sentence is incorrect. Other languages, such as Japanese, allow for much looser placement of the grammatical components of a sentence. In English, though, this is just how the language has been passed down, and at some point in time, grammarians decided to make up a rule.

Now, looking at the sentence we are dealing with in this SC question, you will notice that we have more than two adjectives. In fact, we have three: recent extended sales. Even though sales can be used as a noun, its placement before slump indicates that it is modifying the slump instead as an adjective. The question is, can we reverse the placement of any of these adjectives?

1) recent extended sales slump
(This works, since the sentence is discussing an extended slump of some sort, one that has occurred more recently.)

2) extended recent sales slump
(This will not work in the given context of the sentence, since the sentence is now discussing a recent slump that is being extended.)

3) recent sales extended slump

4) extended sales recent slump

5) sales recent extended slump

6) sales extended recent slump

The punctuation issue is not really a concern here, given that none of the answer choices opt for commas at the end, but you never know what a different question might spring on you.

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What if the conversation happened yesterday and the problem still persists?

Hi shaldor, it is clear that reporting by the retailer happened in the past (let's say yesterday). Since the reporting happened yesterday, the retailer can obviously comment only on what had been plaguing the retailer (in this case extended sales slump) either yesterday or sometime before yesterday.

In other words, since the reporting happened yesterday, the retailer cannot comment on what is plaguing the retailer today! (commenting about today would be futuristic from yesterday's perspective, and would typically require the usage of would).

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