Check GMAT Club Decision Tracker for the Latest School Decision Releases https://gmatclub.com/AppTrack

 It is currently 24 May 2017, 19:11

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Senior Manager
Joined: 18 Aug 2009
Posts: 301
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 297 [0], given: 9

Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink]

### Show Tags

28 Oct 2009, 10:23
00:00

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

58% (02:18) correct 42% (00:58) wrong based on 70 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has been the recent unexpected failure of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, the Hubble engineering team requested additional funding to develop more reliable instruments.

(A) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recent
(B) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recently
(C) its more debilitating setbacks is the recent
(D) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recent
(E) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recently
If you have any questions
New!
Manager
Joined: 28 Aug 2009
Posts: 187
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 80 [0], given: 1

### Show Tags

28 Oct 2009, 10:37
THEIR/ITS REFERS TO "TEAM" WHICH IS A COLLECTIVE NOUN AND HENCE SINGULAR
SO ITS IS THE CORRECT OPTION
A) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recent
OUT SINCE "THEIR" IS INCORRECT
(B) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recently
OUT SINCE "THEIR" IS INCORRECT
(C) its more debilitating setbacks is the recent
"RECENT" SUGGESTS AND CALLS FOR A PAST PERFECT USAGE
PRESENT TENSE "IS" IS INCORRECT..OUT
(D) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recent
CORRECT
(E) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recently

RECENTLY CANNOT PRECEDE A NOUN "FAILURE"..OUT
Senior Manager
Joined: 18 Aug 2009
Posts: 301
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 297 [3] , given: 9

### Show Tags

28 Oct 2009, 10:44
3
KUDOS
bingo! detailed explanation (you already have the gist) from the Knewton mock-test:

There are two grammatical mistakes in this sentence, one concerning the possessive pronoun "their" and one concerning the improper tense in the phrase "has been."

A good idea whenever you run into possessive pronouns like “its” or “their” is to ask to what antecedent the “its”/”their” refers. In this case, their refers to the Hubble engineering team, which is a collective noun that is grammatically singular even though it refers to a group of people. Thus, the correct pronoun should be its rather than their. This first correction narrows our answer choices down to C, D, and E.

Answer choice C is different from D and E in its use of the verb is rather than had been. When two actions take place in the past, the perfect past tense had + [past-tense verb] is used to describe the action that was completed before another past event took place (which takes the simple past). Consider the sentence "It had been raining all day, so Liz finally opened her umbrella." In this case, the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph failed before the engineering team requested more funds, so both the original has been and the present tense verb is in choice C would be incorrect in this case. Thus, we’ll use had been, which corresponds to answer choices D and E.

The difference between D and E is the use of the original adjective recent (D) versus the adverb recently (E). Because this word describes the noun failure and not the adjective unexpected, and failure is a noun, recent is the better option (remember, adjectives describe nouns).

Thus, the correct answer choice is D, which corrects both the possessive pronoun and the verb tense error and keeps the correct adjective, recent.
Manager
Joined: 10 Sep 2009
Posts: 112
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 78 [0], given: 10

### Show Tags

30 Oct 2009, 10:51
Excellent
Manager
Joined: 22 Jul 2008
Posts: 95
Location: Bangalore,Karnataka
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 195 [0], given: 11

### Show Tags

23 Dec 2009, 06:41
Good question and very good explanation. +1 for gmattokyo
Manager
Joined: 21 Jul 2003
Posts: 64
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 42 [1] , given: 3

### Show Tags

23 Dec 2009, 07:24
1
KUDOS
D is correct because, you need singular pronoun to refer team and also clarity in the tense and it clearly states that setbacks happened before requesting for funds.
Manager
Joined: 02 Oct 2009
Posts: 193
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 20 [0], given: 4

### Show Tags

24 Dec 2009, 00:05
gmattokyo,

Good one!

I notice you gave away the key words in subject line; suggest not to please ...
lets keep the difficulty level intact and have all of us sweat for our money's worth to solve it...!
Senior Manager
Joined: 10 Nov 2010
Posts: 263
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 520 Q42 V19
GMAT 2: 540 Q44 V21
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Followers: 6

Kudos [?]: 336 [0], given: 22

Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink]

### Show Tags

16 Apr 2012, 07:06
Guys m confused between D & E

if unexpected is adjective than we will select adverb to modify it.

But if unexpected failure is noun we will use adjective --recent

But we can also use two adjectives in a row as recent unexpected failure.

Now which case to consider....
_________________

The proof of understanding is the ability to explain it.

Senior Manager
Joined: 19 Apr 2011
Posts: 279
Schools: Booth,NUS,St.Gallon
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 310 [0], given: 51

Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink]

### Show Tags

18 Apr 2012, 00:47
unexpected failure is a compound noun and hence only recent which is an adjective must be used !!
_________________

+1 if you like my explanation .Thanks

Intern
Joined: 28 Mar 2012
Posts: 2
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink]

### Show Tags

18 Apr 2012, 03:11
GMATD11 wrote:
Guys m confused between D & E

if unexpected is adjective than we will select adverb to modify it.

But if unexpected failure is noun we will use adjective --recent

But we can also use two adjectives in a row as recent unexpected failure.

Now which case to consider....

'Recent' modifies 'Failure' -not 'unexpected'.
So 'Recent' is the adjective in this example.
Manager
Status: I will not stop until i realise my goal which is my dream too
Joined: 25 Feb 2010
Posts: 229
Schools: Johnson '15
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 53 [0], given: 16

Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink]

### Show Tags

18 Apr 2012, 07:10
gmattokyo wrote:
Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has been the recent unexpected failure of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, the Hubble engineering team requested additional funding to develop more reliable instruments.

(A) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recent
(B) their more debilitating setbacks has been the recently
(C) its more debilitating setbacks is the recent
(D) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recent
(E) its more debilitating setbacks had been the recently

here we are talking about the Hubble Engineering Team and it is a group and hence we should use SINGULAR term... hence A & B options are eliminated.

C: CORRECT
E: recently unexpected.. improper use of adjective.. WRONG
_________________

Regards,
Harsha

Note: Give me kudos if my approach is right , else help me understand where i am missing.. I want to bell the GMAT Cat

Satyameva Jayate - Truth alone triumphs

Senior Manager
Joined: 01 Apr 2010
Posts: 298
Location: Kuwait
Schools: Sloan '16 (M)
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V37
GPA: 3.2
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 58 [0], given: 11

Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink]

### Show Tags

18 Apr 2012, 13:03
Good explaination, I did not see it as D until explained. Thanks.
Manager
Status: Juggg..Jugggg Go!
Joined: 11 May 2012
Posts: 246
Location: India
GC Meter: A.W.E.S.O.M.E
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, General Management
GMAT 1: 620 Q46 V30
GMAT 2: 720 Q50 V38
Followers: 6

Kudos [?]: 52 [0], given: 239

Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jul 2012, 07:39
I am still confused. I vouch for C.

"Expressions of time. A sentence should include only one such expression." from Manhattan strategy guide. Should had+recent be two timing words, hence c?
_________________

You haven't failed, if you haven't given up!
---

Check out my other posts:
Bschool Deadlines 2013-2014 | Bschool Admission Events 2013 Start your GMAT Prep with Stacey Koprince | Get a head start in MBA finance

Re: Reporting that one of their more debilitating setbacks has   [#permalink] 30 Jul 2012, 07:39
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
It has become more popular 0 28 Jun 2015, 04:01
12 More than one hundred years ago, students of ornithology reported that 7 17 Jul 2016, 03:35
5 Reporting that one of their more crippling malfunctions has 5 15 Nov 2016, 00:20
26 Reporting that one of their more crippling malfunctions has 34 02 May 2017, 11:20
2 Reporting that one of their more crippling malfunctions has 12 10 Mar 2015, 00:17
Display posts from previous: Sort by