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# The Circuit Judges Act of 1869 fixed the number of Supreme Court justi

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The Circuit Judges Act of 1869 fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court has stayed at this number to this day.

A. fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court has stayed at this number to this day
B. fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court stayed at this number to this day
C. fixes the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court has stayed at this number ever since
D. had fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and to this day that number has stayed
E. fixes the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court stays at this number to this day

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22 Mar 2017, 13:10
C and E eliminated because of the verb 'fixes' .
This action happened in past it can't be represented by simple present tense.
'Fixes' show that it's a daily act of fixing.

D is out too...had fixed(past perfect) needs a past tense later in the sentence for past perfect to be the correct usage here.

We are left with A and B
A is correct because it says that SC has fixed the number..and till this date that number 'has stayed'
We need present perfect to display continuing action.
So the direct verb here would be present perfect and not past tense(as given in B)
So B is out
OA A

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22 Mar 2017, 15:19
The Circuit Judges Act of 1869 fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court has stayed at this number to this day.

A. fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court has stayed at this number to this day No error,subject ver agreement.
B. fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court stayed at this number to this day
C. fixes the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court has stayed at this number ever since
D. had fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and to this day that number has stayed
E. fixes the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court stays at this number to this day

Did not look at the rest of the choices
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29 Aug 2018, 17:26
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The Circuit Judges Act of 1869 fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court has stayed at this number to this day.
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A. fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court has stayed at this number to this day
B. fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court stayed at this number to this day
C. fixes the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court has stayed at this number ever since
D. had fixed the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and to this day that number has stayed
E. fixes the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, and the court stays at this number to this day

1. Act of 1869 ----> or past simple pr past perferct -----> C, E are out
2. In this sentence there are not 2 different actions in past ----> we do need past perfect, hence D is out.
3. We have action of Cout to this day, so we need present perfect for this action ---> B is out

A - our choice
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29 Aug 2018, 18:22
Here I have a doubt..
The factory act 1948 defines the adult....
I think here present tense is correct, isn't it?
Some fact is mentioned in act.

But in given question, the Circuit Judges Act of 1969 fixed....
Why did we use past tense here?
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29 Aug 2018, 19:32
gvij2017 wrote:
Here I have a doubt..
The factory act 1948 defines the adult....
I think here present tense is correct, isn't it?
Some fact is mentioned in act.

But in given question, the Circuit Judges Act of 1969 fixed....
Why did we use past tense here?

What are you saing might be true. But only for the first part of sentence without the second one.

"and the court has stayed at this number to this day"- this says us that we have to use past simple.
Re: The Circuit Judges Act of 1869 fixed the number of Supreme Court justi   [#permalink] 29 Aug 2018, 19:32
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