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# The local school board after extensive research discovered

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The local school board after extensive research discovered [#permalink]

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26 Sep 2007, 06:49
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The local school board after extensive research discovered that because the current physics curriculum had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted few high school students.

(A) had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted
(B) has little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes have attracted
(C) has had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted
(D) has had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes have attracted
(E) has little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted
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Re: The local school board [#permalink]

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26 Sep 2007, 21:27
humtum0 wrote:
The local school board after extensive research discovered that because the current physics curriculum had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted few high school students.

(A) had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted
(B) has little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes have attracted
(C) has had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted
(D) has had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes have attracted
(E) has little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted

B or E for me, but picked B
I don't think the use of past tense in E is correct.
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26 Sep 2007, 22:46
'had' wrong. we need present 'has'. --> A out.
present perfect 'has had' is also wrong as it suggests it has been irrelevant all the while --> C,D out.
'have attracted' is unesscessary as it suggests the classes have been attracting few students in the past and the trend is still true today. --> B is best.
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27 Sep 2007, 07:24
ywilfred wrote:
'had' wrong. we need present 'has'. --> A out.
present perfect 'has had' is also wrong as it suggests it has been irrelevant all the while --> C,D out.
'have attracted' is unesscessary as it suggests the classes have been attracting few students in the past and the trend is still true today. --> B is best.

I had picked D initially. But now I think B.
In D 'has had' means the current cirriculum is irrelevant since past to today's world. I think that makes it wrong. What's The OA and explaination? Please provide that.
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27 Sep 2007, 14:14
Still dont see why E is wong
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27 Sep 2007, 18:08
A very tough choice for me between B and D. First inclination was to pick B. But, not completely sure about this pick. D makes sense to me as well.
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Re: The local school board [#permalink]

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27 Sep 2007, 19:37
humtum0 wrote:
The local school board after extensive research discovered that because the current physics curriculum had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted few high school students.

(A) had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted
(B) has little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes have attracted
(C) has had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted
(D) has had little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes have attracted
(E) has little direct relevance to today’s world, physics classes attracted

I picked A.
...discovered that... had little....classes attracted. All in the past tense. Why do we need present tense, has?
Re: The local school board   [#permalink] 27 Sep 2007, 19:37
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