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# The CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts, who has built some incredibly te

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07 Dec 2017, 06:47
chaudhurysr wrote:
OA is E, but I think E is incorrect, for 2 reasons.

1. Simple past must indicate an event that began and ended in the past at a particular time. So if the sentence said: "... joined apple last month"... that would have been correct. Instead the sentence says "joined apple". If we remove all unwanted stuff from the sentence, we will get "The CEO of Burberry joined Apple". This is incorrect!! It should either say "The CEO of Burberry has joined Apple" (present perfect), or "The CEO of Burberry joined Apple last month" (simple past).

2. The sentence uses lots of clauses, and the three events are presented in three different clauses. e.g.

"had built ...." - clause 1
"has been influential ... " - clause 2
"joined apple ... " - clause 3

The OE is trying to link events in clause 1 and 3 to indicate the past perfect-simple past relation. I am not sure if this is correct. Event in clause 1 and clause 3 are not related. Let's take an example:

Ex1: "Ram, who had finished his dinner, went to bed". This is incorrect!
Even if we correct error related to simple past and say...

Ex2: "Ram, who had finished his dinner, went to bed an hour ago". This is still incorrect.

Ex3: Ram, who had finished his dinner by the time I arrived, went to bed an hour ago".
Here, "by the time" is linking two events together (Ram's dinner and my arrival), and hence this example is correct.

IMO, all the 5 answer choices are incorrect.

1. Simple past "joined" is alright. The action "joining" started and completed in the past. (Do not get confused between the action "joining" and the action "working" - it does not matter whether Angela is still working for Apple - the action "joining" started and completed the very first day she worked for Apple.) Introducing a time reference (e.g., "last month") is not necessary to use simple past.

2. Past perfect "had built" is also alright. Use of past perfect is still required when the verbs are in different clauses.

The Ex1 you mentioned is wrong for a different reason altogether. When the sequence of event is already understood, then the use of past perfrect is unneccesary. I parked the car and went inside the shop... past perfect not required.
It is alright to say:
Ram, who had scored incredibly high scores in GMAT, did not do well in GRE... this is alright because the sequence of GMAT and GRE is clarified only by the use of past perfect.
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07 Dec 2017, 10:32
I see your point Sayantanc2k. Thank you for clarifying! In my mind I was indeed processing "joined" in a present perfect tense... action started in the past but continued till present. Also thanks for clarifying about the clauses. Makes sense to me!
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29 Mar 2018, 07:53
'WHERE' is used appropriately here
E is the ans
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05 Apr 2018, 05:07
mikemcgarry

'influential on fashion industry', I don't think this is gramatically correct. 'has influence on the fashion industry' is correct but 'influential on fashion industry' just sounds horribly wrong & looks gramatically incorrect. It should be 'she is influential in the fashion industry'.

I crossed out E because of this & chose C because 'influencing the fashion industry' looks much better.
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