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# The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of

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723. 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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03 Nov 2009, 12:17
noboru wrote:
723. 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

Excellent and confusing question. I applied MGMAT SC categorization and noticed no errors. Basically this is possibly a verb tense issue or an idiom issue. crucial-in is the correct idiom, check this http://catindiaonline.wordpress.com/200 ... notes-iii/ and browser search (Ctrl + F) for "crucial".
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11 Nov 2009, 01:18
crucial in is the correct idiom.
bilingual education is still debatable-so has been is the correct usage.
My ans is A.
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03 Aug 2010, 16:30
noboru wrote:
723. 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

The use of has become is loggically more sound here. It correctly implies that it started in the past and continues into the present.

I'll go with D. E is wordier.
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04 Aug 2010, 07:44
Still confused between answers A and D.
Can anyone please explain why you think D is wrong?
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04 Aug 2010, 18:24
I was with D, but after seeing OA as A.

Let me try to defeat D

In D "become crucial..." changes the original meaning of the sentence. "Become" indicates a change over time.

"Been crucial..." indicates an on-going situation.
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"crucial in" is the correct idiom

"has been"......makes sense.

A it is.
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03 Jan 2011, 09:40
no error A is good correct idiom
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18 Mar 2014, 05:35
Can somebody please explain which is the correct idiomatic expression.. (1) Binding together xyz or (2) Binding xyz together?

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Unable to post link due to restrictions, just perform following search for google and follow 3rd result (Titled as Master key to Mba.....)

"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"

Check Q 18 and answer is provided after few questions
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noboru wrote:
723. 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

The correct idiom is "crucial in" and with that in mind we can eliminate options B,C and E.
IMO, Option D, as it seems changes the meaning in the sentence by using "become".
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