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The fanatical, young group of girls have been waiting in the concert

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The fanatical, young group of girls have been waiting in the concert line all night by the time the tickets go on sale.

(A) have been waiting in the concert line all night

(B) will have been waiting in the concert line each night

(C) will have been waiting in the concert line the entire night

(D) had been waiting in the concert line all night

(E) has been waiting in the concert line the whole night


The easiest error to spot is the SV agreement error in A and E: "Young group...have?" A and B are out
Next Verb Tense: because the sentence is talking about a future condition, you need "will" D and E are out

That leaves C as the correct answer!
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New post 20 Mar 2019, 21:31
will have done is used to say an action which is finished at the point of time in the future or in the present
by next sunday, I will have been a winner of gmat.
by now, she will have been at home.
only choice C fit this use.

choice b is wrong because "each night" show a repeated action for which, present simple or simple future is used.
by 7 am every morning, i will get up

am i correct at this point? pls, comment or dispute
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Dear experts, I completely understand that the meaning of the sentence get's altered if we choose option E in this question, but isn't option c grammatically incorrect?

How can "have been" refer to a singular subject "group".
Is it that when such questions arise Meaning >>> Grammar?
IMO, such questions won't come on actual GMAT. What is the source of the question?

Kindly throw some light on this to resolve my confusion.
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Option C neatly sidesteps the whole singular/plural issue by opting for a verb that doesn't change with the subject. The first thing to do here is recognize that the verb in option C is not have been. It is will have been waiting. Try switching from a singular subject to a plural subject in a sentence that has a will and check whether there is any change in the verb. You'll find that the verb remains the same.

1. Future perfect continuous
1a. He will have been waiting...
1b. They will have been waiting...

Things could, of course, change if we switch to a different tense.

2. Present perfect continuous
2a. He has been waiting...
2b. They have been waiting...
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will have done is used to say an action which is finished at the point of time in the future or in the present
by next sunday, I will have been a winner of gmat.
by now, she will have been at home.
only choice C fit this use.

choice b is wrong because "each night" show a repeated action for which, present simple or simple future is used.
by 7 am every morning, i will get up

am i correct at this point? pls, comment or dispute
You've got the right idea, but remember that you're looking for (a) something in the future and (b) something in the later future. This means that your second example is not correct, as now does not indicate a time or event in the future.

By now, she will have been at home.
By this time tomorrow, she will have been at home for more than a week.
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habit can be shown by simple present or future tense, do and will do
he will get up by 5 am every day
he get up by 5 am every day.

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thangvietnam wrote:
habit can be shown by simple present or future tense, do and will do
he will get up by 5 am every day
he get up by 5 am every day.

am i correct at this point?
Yes, the future tense can be used to discuss some (future) regular action or habit. The difference between the two examples you gave is that the present tense indicates that the habit is already in place and could continue, while the future tense does not establish that the habit is already in place, only that it will be in place in the future.

Also, in case it helps, we must write he gets..., not he get.
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Thinking about all night or each night is rather irrational than the entire night with respect to the intended meaning of the sentence
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marus wrote:
The fanatical, young group of girls have been waiting in the concert line all night by the time the tickets go on sale.

(A) have been waiting in the concert line all night

(B) will have been waitingin the concert line each night

(C) will have been waiting in the concert line the entire night

(D) had been waiting in the concert line all night

(E) has been waiting in the concert line the whole night


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Thinking about all night or each night is rather irrational than the entire night with respect to the intended meaning of the sentence

Yashir , I don't understand your comment.

All night, the whole night, and the entire night are all acceptable forms
of expressing a complete period of time.

What distinction are you making between all night and the entire night?

"Each" night is absurd, I agree. We can eliminate (B).

But after that we have to look at the verbs.
sudarshan22 , wrote a masterful post, here.
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all night, the whole night, and the entire night are all 100% perfect to express a time-frame. However, my explanation was half without considering the tense and verb of the given sentence. Additionally, my understanding of all night was consecutive nights for a longer period of time. The concept was wrong after all.

GMAT doesn't approve colloquial English when the meaning and the structure of the sentences are examined.
sudarshan22 gave a perfect clarification on the given sentence.
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