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# Source: Knewton In a shock to those who still lived under

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Source: Knewton In a shock to those who still lived under [#permalink]

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In a shock to those who still lived under the impression that investments are closely monitored, a financial security group recently discovered a loophole for enabling a scammer to gain access to transactions made by a leading investment bank so that this person will be aware of any major deals that a corporation had made before these deals are announced to the public

(A) who still lived under the impression that investments are closely monitored, a financial security group recently discovered a loophole for enabling a scammer to gain access to transactions made by a leading investment bank so that this person will be aware of any major deals that a corporation had made

(B) who had still been living under the impression that investments are closely monitored, a financial security group recently discovered a loophole for enabling a scammer to gain access to transactions made by a leading investment bank so that this person was aware of any major deals that a corporation might have made

(C) who still were living under the impression that investments are closely monitored, a financial security group recently discovered a loophole enabling a scammer to gain access to transactions made by a leading investment bank so that this person will be aware of any major deals that a corporation had made

(D) still living under the impression that investments are closely monitored, a financial security group recently discovered a loophole that enables a scammer to gain access to transactions made by leading investment banks so that this person is aware of any major deals that a corporation might make

(E) still living under the impression that investments had been closely monitored, a financial security group recently discovered a loophole that will enable a scammer to gain access to transactions made by leading investment banks so that this person was aware of any major deals that a corporation might make
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03 Oct 2010, 13:45
is there anyone to elaborate this case?
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03 Oct 2010, 14:20
imania wrote:
is there anyone to elaborate this case?

I will provide explanation further.
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04 Oct 2010, 04:33
this is a tough one, so here is my explination.
a.'for enabling' seems awkward.
b. same as a
c.still were living is wrong.
d. correct
e. will enable -- wrong tense.

hope i'm correct.
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04 Oct 2010, 05:08
what I did is that I quickly eliminated any option that has past perfect tense at the end of the sentence, so I was left with B and D.
I eliminated B because of the past perfect at the beginning of the sentence (who had still been living) that means they are not in a shock anymore which contradicts the meaning of the sentence. That leaves D
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04 Oct 2010, 06:18
Reasoning: The clue here is the word “still”. When you say still, then you can’t use past tense such as “still lived,” and “still were living” or past perfect such as “still had lived” While the general tenor of the sentence is present tense as you may see in the un-underlined part of the sentence, such use of past tenses are clear shifts of tense. . Therefore we can instantly eliminate A, B and C; between D and E, how can we reconcile with the awkward use of “was aware of any major deals that a corporation might make” – a past tense with a future tense. D is the only choice with a semblance of proper tense usage, although it would have been still better to say-“a financial security group has recently discovered a loophole that enables a scammer – thus maintaining the essence of the preset tenseness through out.

Conclusion: D is the best among the choices.
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