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The doctors' growing success in treating the Acpias Virus and the recently developed vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported

A) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported
b) vaccine suggests that this disease might not be so virulent as the press initially has reported
c) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as had been initially reported by the press
d) vaccine, suggesting about this disease that it might not be as virulent as initially reported in the press
e) vaccine, suggesting that this disease might not be as virulent as initially reported to be by the press

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The doctors' growing success in treating the Acpias Virus and the recently developed vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported
as the coloured portion shows, the verb should be plural...

A) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported
correct as it is..
b) vaccine suggests that this disease might not be so virulent as the press initially has reported
singular 'suggests' is wrong... also has is not required
c) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as had been initially reported by the press
past perfect is not reqd..
d) vaccine, suggesting about this disease that it might not be as virulent as initially reported in the press
"run on " sentences.. awkwardly constructed
e) vaccine, suggesting that this disease might not be as virulent as initially reported to be by the press
same as D
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The doctors' growing success in treating the Acpias Virus and the recently developed vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported
as the coloured portion shows, the verb should be plural...

A) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported
correct as it is..
b) vaccine suggests that this disease might not be so virulent as the press initially has reported
singular 'suggests' is wrong... also has is not required
c) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as had been initially reported by the press
past perfect is not reqd..
d) vaccine, suggesting about this disease that it might not be as virulent as initially reported in the press
"run on " sentences.. awkwardly constructed
e) vaccine, suggesting that this disease might not be as virulent as initially reported to be by the press
same as D


Hi,

I chose C. Could you please explain why past perfect is not rqd here?
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chetan2u wrote:
The doctors' growing success in treating the Acpias Virus and the recently developed vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported
as the coloured portion shows, the verb should be plural...

A) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported
correct as it is..
b) vaccine suggests that this disease might not be so virulent as the press initially has reported
singular 'suggests' is wrong... also has is not required
c) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as had been initially reported by the press
past perfect is not reqd..
d) vaccine, suggesting about this disease that it might not be as virulent as initially reported in the press
"run on " sentences.. awkwardly constructed
e) vaccine, suggesting that this disease might not be as virulent as initially reported to be by the press
same as D


Hi,

I chose C. Could you please explain why past perfect is not rqd here?


Hi KS15,

We use past perfect ONLY when we have two or more event which occurred in a chronological order in past .
The corporation had suffered from consecutive quarterly losses until it hired a new CEO. in this example we have two events happening "loss to corporation" and the "hiring of new CEO" , clearly corporation had a loss FIRST and then it decided to hire new CEO and so we will use "had suffered" to show 1st event and simple past "hired" for SECOND event.

Also , there is another issue with C , the application of passive voice in option C is not preferred over the active voice in option A .
had been initially reported by the press --option C
as the press initially reported--option A.

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chetan2u wrote:
The doctors' growing success in treating the Acpias Virus and the recently developed vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported
as the coloured portion shows, the verb should be plural...

A) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported
correct as it is..
b) vaccine suggests that this disease might not be so virulent as the press initially has reported
singular 'suggests' is wrong... also has is not required
c) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as had been initially reported by the press
past perfect is not reqd..
d) vaccine, suggesting about this disease that it might not be as virulent as initially reported in the press
"run on " sentences.. awkwardly constructed
e) vaccine, suggesting that this disease might not be as virulent as initially reported to be by the press
same as D


Hi,

I chose C. Could you please explain why past perfect is not rqd here?


hi,

although it does mention initially reported, but does not give any time..
look for words like when, since, during, before etc it could have used 'had' if the sentence were..
The doctors' growing success in treating the Acpias Virus and the recently developed vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press had reported before the doctors' conclave
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The doctors' growing success in treating the Acpias Virus and the recently developed vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported

A) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported
Correct. X and Y + verb in the plural.
b) vaccine suggests that this disease might not be so virulent as the press initially has reported
Incorrect. Verb in the singular.
c) vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as had been initially reported by the press
Incorrect. No need of the past perfect (simple present and simple past is enough here).
d) vaccine, suggesting about this disease that it might not be as virulent as initially reported in the press
Incorrect. No main verb!
e) vaccine, suggesting that this disease might not be as virulent as initially reported to be by the press
Incorrect. No main verb!
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This is a compound subject and so, we need a plural verb. So, “suggests” in B is incorrect.

D and E are not sentences at all, because there is no main verb.

Between A and C, it is obviously about tense and would like to know from an expert in Magoosh, if possible, why simple present is better than past perfect.
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Is this really 700+ question? I would say that 600-700 since we can easily eliminate B,D and E. And C is wrong since we don't need past perfect.
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Hi Guys,

I chose C. My reason is: We need passive voice since the subject of the clause after "that" is "this disease". "this disease" cannot report itself. It needs to be reported by the press. And the verb tense between past perfect and simple past is less serious comparing to this.

The doctors' growing success in treating the Acpias Virus and the recently developed vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as had been initially reported by the press

Please correct my reasoning if I'm wrong.
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I chose C. My reason is: We need passive voice since the subject of the clause after "that" is "this disease". "this disease" cannot report itself. It needs to be reported by the press. And the verb tense between past perfect and simple past is less serious comparing to this.

The doctors' growing success in treating the Acpias Virus and the recently developed vaccine suggest that this disease might not be as virulent as had been initially reported by the press

Please correct my reasoning if I'm wrong.


Usage of active voice or passive voice is not the issue to differentiate between A and C. Both usages are correct.

Use of active voice in option A is correct - please see the complete structure of option A as below (before omitting the repeated parts from the second element of comparison):

This disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported (it was).

Nonetheless option C is wrong because of unnecessary usage of past perfect (as Chetan already pointed out above). Since the adverb "initially" already suggests that the reporting occurred beforehand, it is not required to use past perfect.
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Usage of active voice or passive voice is not the issue to differentiate between A and C. Both usages are correct.

Use of active voice in option A is correct - please see the complete structure of option A as below (before omitting the repeated parts from the second element of comparison):

This disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported (it was).

Nonetheless option C is wrong because of unnecessary usage of past perfect (as Chetan already pointed out above). Since the adverb "initially" already suggests that the reporting occurred beforehand, it is not required to use past perfect.


Got it, Thanks a lot, sayantanc2k.
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Split #1a: the missing verb mistake. This sentence has a large compound subject --- everything from the beginning to the word "vaccine" constitutes the subject of the sentence. The "that"-clause, from "that" to the end of the sentence, is what is "suggested" --- the "that"-clause is a substantive clause acting as the direct object of the verb. This sentence has a main subject: it needs a main verb, and this main verb has to happen after the word "vaccine" and before the word "that"! Clearly, the word "suggest"/"suggesting" needs to be in its verb form, "suggest"/"suggests", not in its participle form, "suggesting". Choices (D) & (E) have it in the participle form, so these two commit the famous missing-verb mistake. These two choices are incorrect.

Split 1b: for the three remaining choices that have verbs, we need to look at subject/verb agreement. We have a compound subject --- cutting some of the descriptive fluff, the subject is "The … success … and the …. vaccine." That's a plural subject. This needs a plural verb, "suggest", not the singular verb "suggests." Choice (B) has the singular verb and is incorrect.

Split #2: the comparison. The construction "as virulent as" is perfectly correct. The constructions "so virulent" or "so virulent that" are also perfectly correct. BUT, if you mix these, the construction "so virulent as" is 100% incorrect. Only choice (B) makes this mistake.

Split #3: active vs. passive. Look at how the five choices end, from the second "as" onward:

(A) as the press initially reported

(B) as the press initially has reported

(C) as had been initially reported by the press

(D) as initially reported in the press

(E) as initially reported to be by the press

Choice (A) has active voice and present tense: perfectly correct. Choice (B) has active voice and present perfect tense: also completely acceptable. Choice (C) is past perfect, which is not correct in context, and it is passive rather than active: this is a trainwreck. Choice (D) takes a different tactic, but it's also perfectly acceptable. Choice (E) seems like an entrant for the awkwardness Olympics: it is totally unacceptable.

For all these reasons, choice (A) is the only possible answer.

FAQ: Isn't the subject "the doctor's growing success", which means we should use "suggests" instead of "suggest"?

A: In this sentence, we have a plural subject, which is made up of singular nouns. The words "success" and "vaccine" are both singular nouns, and both of these nouns make up the subject of the sentence. So what the sentence is really saying is:

Two things [(the doctor's success) AND (the vaccine)]"suggest that the disease might not be as virulent as the press initially reported."

So our subject in this sentence is plural, which means we want to use "suggest", not "suggests".
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