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The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of whether the United States should foster the idea of single common language, an idea, some believe, that has in the past been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together.
(A) been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together
(B) been crucial as a binding together of diverse constituencies
(C) been crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse
(D) become crucial in binding together diverse constituencies
(E) become crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse
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26 Feb 2005, 07:36
I think it is A.

'crucial in binding' is correct usage, I believe. So, B, C and E are eliminated. D sounds 'round-about' in saying 'has become crucial' because no sense of 'has become' implied in the sentence.

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The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of whether the United States should foster the idea of single common language, an idea, some believe, that has in the past been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together.
(A) been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together
(B) been crucial as a binding together of diverse constituencies
(C) been crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse
(D) become crucial in binding together diverse constituencies
(E) become crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse

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26 Feb 2005, 14:12
that has been in the + past (wrong usage )

(A), (B) and (C) are all ruledout. Present perfect tense should not be couple with past.

The sentence is talking about the presence tense. Hence (D) and (E) are apropriate.

(D) is the best.

(E) is awkward especially with mutiple restrictive clauses, and it is also wordy.
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26 Feb 2005, 20:05
IMO, both (A) and (D) are grammatically correct. I will pick (A) because there is nothing wrong in original sentence..

The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of whether the United States should foster the idea of single common language, an idea, some believe, that has in the past been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together.

"an idea.. that..." (Noun+Modifier) is an example of Absolute Construction.
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26 Feb 2005, 20:10
anandnk wrote:
that has been in the + past (wrong usage )

(A), (B) and (C) are all ruledout. Present perfect tense should not be couple with past.

The sentence is talking about the presence tense. Hence (D) and (E) are apropriate.

(D) is the best.

(E) is awkward especially with mutiple restrictive clauses, and it is also wordy.

Anand, but (D) is also using same Prepositional Phrase "in the past"..

Am I missing something??
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26 Feb 2005, 20:42
"It has been crucial in the past" is better than "it has become" in this case. "Has been" indicates it is always this way, "become" indicate changes. I don't see changes in this case. In other words D and E are ruled out.

"Crucial in binding" is the correct usage, So (A) is the answer.
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27 Feb 2005, 06:01
jpv wrote:

Anand, but (D) is also using same Prepositional Phrase "in the past"..

Am I missing something??

I think you are right. only (A) makes sense.

has been is definitely better than has become because
has become brings to the present time and it is incorrect.
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27 Feb 2005, 06:13
OA is A) !
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28 Feb 2005, 00:06
I pick (A) but I'm not entirely happy with the solution given.
'together' is redundant as it has already been suggested in the word 'binding'

However, since we need the past tense 'been', we're left with A,B and C.
B has a clumsy construction 'as a binding together' and C is no better
with the construct 'been crucial to bind together'.

So A among these three is the best.
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26 Jun 2005, 08:46
HongHu wrote:
"It has been crucial in the past" is better than "it has become" in this case. "Has been" indicates it is always this way, "become" indicate changes. I don't see changes in this case. In other words D and E are ruled out.

"Crucial in binding" is the correct usage, So (A) is the answer.

Could someone please elaborate on this rule. Dont use "become" until a "Change" occurs.

I'm not a 100% sure i understand the aforementioned. Are we saying we cannot use "become" with an event that occured in the past?

What about the following:

She was to become the President until the news of scandal came out.
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27 Jun 2005, 13:54
"crucial in binding" is the correct idiom.

A is my choice.

BTW, "binding x together" is proper usage, I feel.
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