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# The first reaction to any tragic news, such as

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The first reaction to any tragic news, such as someone’s death, is denial; it is difficult to accept that such an event took place.

A. that such an event took
B. that event like that has taken
C. such event’s taking
D. such event to take
E. that such an event has taken

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12 Aug 2017, 09:47
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A. that such an event took- Avoid Passive Voice in GMAT.
B. that event like that has taken- Too wordy.
C. such event’s taking- not a proper idiom
D. such event to take- Event happened in Past. So eliminate.
E. that such an event has taken- Looks good and correct idiom and tense. So Correct.
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14 Aug 2017, 21:57
broall wrote:
The first reaction to any tragic news, such as someone’s death, is denial; it is difficult to accept that such an event took place.

A. that such an event took
B. that event like that has taken
C. such event’s taking
D. such event to take
E. that such an event has taken

Source: ExpertsGlobal

Why not A?Confused between A and E?
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14 Aug 2017, 22:22
broall wrote:
The first reaction to any tragic news, such as someone’s death, is denial; it is difficult to accept that such an event took place.

A. that such an event took
B. that event like that has taken
C. such event’s taking
D. such event to take
E. that such an event has taken

Source: ExpertsGlobal

Why to use present perfect here ...
A looks fine ....
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14 Aug 2017, 22:46
The first reaction to any tragic news, such as someone???s death, is denial; it is difficult to accept that such an event took place.

A. that such an event took
B. that event like that has taken
C. such event???s taking
D. such event to take
E. that such an event has taken
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14 Aug 2017, 22:51
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broall wrote:
The first reaction to any tragic news, such as someone’s death, is denial; it is difficult to accept that such an event took place.

A. that such an event took
E. that such an event has taken

Why not A?Confused between A and E?

E is correct because DEATH happened recently as evident by use of IS. So it is correct to use Present perfect to show that an event happened in recent past.
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29 Sep 2017, 14:23
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A. that such an event took- Avoid Passive Voice in GMAT.
B. that event like that has taken- Too wordy.
C. such event’s taking- not a proper idiom
D. such event to take- Event happened in Past. So eliminate.
E. that such an event has taken- Looks good and correct idiom and tense. So Correct.

sorry why "an event took" is Passive voice? it's not "event was taken"
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15 Oct 2017, 08:40
yashug236 wrote:
broall wrote:
The first reaction to any tragic news, such as someone’s death, is denial; it is difficult to accept that such an event took place.

A. that such an event took
B. that event like that has taken
C. such event’s taking
D. such event to take
E. that such an event has taken

Source: ExpertsGlobal

Why not A?Confused between A and E?

I'd say "has taken" is better because not the event itself but the effect is still taking place: person X died and still is dead/will be dead in the future (no religious debate please haha).
I'm by far not an expert at GMAT verbal, can anyone confirm?
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18 Oct 2017, 05:29
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yashug236 wrote:
broall wrote:
The first reaction to any tragic news, such as someone’s death, is denial; it is difficult to accept that such an event took place.

A. that such an event took
B. that event like that has taken
C. such event’s taking
D. such event to take
E. that such an event has taken

Source: ExpertsGlobal

Why not A?Confused between A and E?

I'd say "has taken" is better because not the event itself but the effect is still taking place: person X died and still is dead/will be dead in the future (no religious debate please haha).
I'm by far not an expert at GMAT verbal, can anyone confirm?

The first part of your post is correct - present participle is correct because the effect of the event is still there.

However the latter part of your statement is not correct. The event (that someone died) took place in the past - the event has finished occuring (it does not matter that the person continues to remain dead - the "event" here refers to the transformation from being alive to being dead and not remaining dead). So with that reasoning, simple past cannot be eliminated - we can eliminate simple past only because of the " effect" rule you mentioned first.
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03 Nov 2017, 22:34
broall wrote:
The first reaction to any tragic news, such as someone’s death, is denial; it is difficult to accept that such an event took place.

A. that such an event took
B. that event like that has taken
C. such event’s taking
D. such event to take
E. that such an event has taken

Source: ExpertsGlobal

E is correct because DEATH happened recently as evident by use of IS. So it is correct to use Present perfect to show that an event happened in recent past and effect still exist. Also , for option B - grammatically the sentence is correct ,however, in terms of meaning it can be eliminated. As in first sentence the reference is news and Death is an example . while is second sentence Death is the main reference, as news can not be event . So, like can not be used as it is referring to a particular event.
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05 Nov 2017, 21:05
Can we have 'that' in the second part of the sentence, aren't semicolons supposed to join independent clauses together? Can someone please explain?
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13 Nov 2017, 07:11
UdaySJha wrote:
broall wrote:
The first reaction to any tragic news, such as someone’s death, is denial; it is difficult to accept that such an event took place.

A. that such an event took
B. that event like that has taken
C. such event’s taking
D. such event to take
E. that such an event has taken

Source: ExpertsGlobal

E is correct because DEATH happened recently as evident by use of IS. So it is correct to use Present perfect to show that an event happened in recent past and effect still exist. Also , for option B - grammatically the sentence is correct ,however, in terms of meaning it can be eliminated. As in first sentence the reference is news and Death is an example . while is second sentence Death is the main reference, as news can not be event . So, like can not be used as it is referring to a particular event.

A Using past tense after present is the change in the tense being used
B for an example GMAT refrains the use of like, so like shall not be used
Cthe event has already taken place so is cant be used
Dnon sensical
Ecorrect tense sequence
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