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# The fear of rabies is well founded; few people are known to

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The fear of rabies is well founded; few people are known to [#permalink]

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14 Jun 2005, 17:54
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10. The fear of rabies is well founded; few people are known to recover from the disease after the appearance of the clinical symptoms.
(A) few people are known to recover from the disease after the appearance of the clinical symptoms
(B) few people are known to have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
(C) there are few known people who have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
(D) after the clinical symptoms appear, there are few known people who have recovered from the disease
(E) recovery from the disease is known for only a few people after the clinical symptoms appear

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1) Could someone confirm whether "infinitives" are used to show an action that happened in the past, and occurs in the present and will happen in the future?

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14 Jun 2005, 18:32
I would go with A, and this is why I ended up with the answer.
(A) few people are known to recover from the disease after the appearance of the clinical symptoms

(B) few people are known to have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
- unnescessary use of present perfect.

(C) there are few known people who have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
- unnescessary use of present perfect

(D) after the clinical symptoms appear, there are few known people who have recovered from the disease
- does not join well with the non-underlined part of the sentence, due to the use of semicolon

(E) recovery from the disease is known for only a few people after the clinical symptoms appear
- awkward sentence

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Re: SC - Infinitives Vs present Perfect. Rabies [#permalink]

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14 Jun 2005, 20:55
gmataquaguy wrote:
10. The fear of rabies is well founded; few people are known to recover from the disease after the appearance of the clinical symptoms.
(A) few people are known to recover from the disease after the appearance of the clinical symptoms
(B) few people are known to have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
(C) there are few known people who have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
(D) after the clinical symptoms appear, there are few known people who have recovered from the disease
(E) recovery from the disease is known for only a few people after the clinical symptoms appear

Questions:
1) Could someone confirm whether "infinitives" are used to show an action that happened in the past, and occurs in the present and will happen in the future?

See the following discussions for details.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=1408

I didn't get a chance to look at the link, however, to answer your question, there is not much relation between the infiinitives and the tenses... it depends on the idioms... now, in this particular question, it is more of a generalization, in that, it signifies that the event happened, still happens and will happen in the future.

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14 Jun 2005, 21:51
Hi ywilfred, I didnot understand why the answer is A. Can you explain why the answer cannot be B. What do u mean by "unnescessary use of present perfect"

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15 Jun 2005, 03:28
Hi ywilfred, I didnot understand why the answer is A. Can you explain why the answer cannot be B. What do u mean by "unnescessary use of present perfect"

Wild_desperaso, even though I am not Ywilfred, I'd like to take a shot at your question, if you will....

The part of the sentence that is not underlined - The fear of rabies is well founded; - is in the present tense. So, there is no reason to change the rest of the sentence to present perfect.

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Re: SC - Infinitives Vs present Perfect. Rabies [#permalink]

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15 Jun 2005, 06:56
vkat007 wrote:

I didn't get a chance to look at the link, however, to answer your question, there is not much relation between the infiinitives and the tenses... it depends on the idioms... now, in this particular question, it is more of a generalization, in that, it signifies that the event happened, still happens and will happen in the future.

Could you elaborate on what you mean by it depends on the idioms. Perhaps provide a couple of examples? YOu seem pretty sure that the infinitive "to" as it is used in this case talks about the past, present and future. Maybe provide an example where the infinitive isnt used to describe events in the past, present and future.

I'd like to get a handle on what factors triggers when/how the infinitive determines the scope of the event from a tense perspective.

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15 Jun 2005, 08:11
I'm sorry for the very late reply. I'm taught in school (eons back ), that it's preferable to stick to simple tenses (simple present, past, future) as much as possible. The perfect tenses should only be used when there is an absolute need to emphasize a timeline issue.

By using perfect tense in B and C, is there an absolute need to emphasize that it's a fact that few people recover from rabies on the onset of the symptons and it's still a fact today ? Can the use of a simple tense do the same task ? If yes is the answer, then simple tense should be used.

let me know what you think ?

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22 Jun 2005, 13:12
whats the OA

I am going with B for 10. I think it subjunctive, so you want to make sure the statment before is definite. B sets it up right.

pls post OA

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24 Jun 2005, 09:10
Although the OA from 885C says its B I'm convinced that its A. See discussion details in the original link i posted.

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