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Since 1989, after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic
groups in the reunified Germany, in cultural and economic assimilation terms, were the former
East Germans
, who have had to acclimate to an entirely different political system.

• after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified German, in cultural and economic assimilation terms, were the former East Germans
• after the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in cultural terms as well as those of economic assimilation, were the
former East Germans
• when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the reunified Germany's most problematic ethnic
groups, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, was the former East Germans
• when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, has been the former East
Germans
• after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in both terms of cultural and economic assimilation, have been the former
East Germans
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New post 24 May 2013, 22:02
IMO Its D!!

One of the most problematic groups,............, (Singular) is reqd....
Hence A,B and e Can be eliminated.
Use of Since with respect to time calls for the use pf present perfect... Hence can eliminate C

So the answer must be D.

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New post 24 May 2013, 23:08
Since 1989, after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic
groups in the reunified Germany, in cultural and economic assimilation terms, were the former
East Germans
, who have had to acclimate to an entirely different political system.

• after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified German, in cultural and economic assimilation terms, were the former East Germans
Wrong. "one of the most..." is singular

• after the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in cultural terms as well as those of economic assimilation, were the
former East Germans
Wrong. "one of the most..." is singular

• when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the reunified Germany's most problematic ethnic
groups, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, was the former East Germans
Wrong. Change meaning: "one of the reunified Germany's most problematic ethnic groups" differs from "one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the reunified Germany"

• when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, has been the former East
Germans
Correct.

• after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in both terms of cultural and economic assimilation, have been the former
East Germans
Wrong. "one of the most..." is singular
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New post 25 May 2013, 09:29
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Since 1989, after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic
groups in the reunified Germany, in cultural and economic assimilation terms, were the former
East Germans
, who have had to acclimate to an entirely different political system.


"Since" calls for perfect tense so A, B, and C are out for this reason alone.
Quote:
• after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified German, in cultural and economic assimilation terms, were the former East Germans
• after the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in cultural terms as well as those of economic assimilation, were the
former East Germans
• when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the reunified Germany's most problematic ethnic
groups, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, was the former East Germans

Modified noun is the "group", so singular verb is correct.
Quote:
• when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, has been the former East
Germans
• after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in both terms of cultural and economic assimilation, have been the former
East Germans

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New post 25 May 2013, 10:44
Since 1989, after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic
groups in the reunified Germany, in cultural and economic assimilation terms, were the former
East Germans, who have had to acclimate to an entirely different political system.

• after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified German, in cultural and economic assimilation terms, were the former East Germans
• after the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in cultural terms as well as those of economic assimilation, were the
former East Germans
• when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the reunified Germany's most problematic ethnic
groups, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, was the former East Germans
• when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, has been the former East
Germans
• after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in both terms of cultural and economic assimilation, have been the former
East Germans


We have to use past perfect tense with "since" so A, B, C can be ruled out.
E is worng, because "have" does not agree with one of the most problematic ethnic group n numbers.
We are talking about one group only, so has should be used.


So we are left with the correct option: D
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Since 1989, after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic
groups in the reunified Germany, in cultural and economic assimilation terms, were the former
East Germans
, who have had to acclimate to an entirely different political system.

after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified German, in cultural and economic assimilation terms, were the former East Germans -- usage of after is making clear the sequence of event so past prefect not required, and subject-verb disagreement
• the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in cultural terms as well as those of economic assimilation, were the
former East Germans -- subject-verb disagreement
• when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the reunified Germany's most problematic ethnic
groups, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, was the former East Germans -- Since 1989, calls for the present prefect tense to be used.
• when the Berlin Wall was demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in terms of cultural and economic assimilation, has been the former East
Germans -- correct
after the Berlin Wall had been demolished, one of the most problematic ethnic groups in the
reunified Germany, in both terms of cultural and economic assimilation, have been the former
East Germans -- same as A

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The subject of the sentence is "one of the most problematic ethnic groups", a singular noun.
The verb, however, is "were," which is plural. We need to find a choice that uses a singular
verb instead.

(A) This choice is the same as the original sentence.

(B) This choice does not correct the subject-verb issue; it still uses "were" to refer to "group."

(C) This choice uses the singular "was," but the simple past is not the appropriate tense here because
of the ongoing nature of the problem. Moreover, "the reunified Germany's most problematic ethnic
groups" is an awkward construction.

(D) CORRECT. This choice uses the singular "has been," which is also in the present perfect tense,
indicating the ongoing nature of the problem. Moreover, "in terms of cultural and economic
assimilation" is a more idiomatic and elegant phrasing than that of the original.

(E) This choice does not correct the subject-verb issue; it uses "have been" to refer to "group."
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