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# The number of films that present social commentary of some kind has in

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The number of films that present social commentary of some kind has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of profuse media interest.

A. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of
B. had increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive
C. increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive
D. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films had often received
E. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive

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28 Feb 2020, 01:35
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use of past tense is wrong. Eliminate B,D&C.
A is wordy. IMO E
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28 Feb 2020, 03:37
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A) has redundancy although it is grammatically correct, e.g. "films of this nature" vs. "such films", "are the recipients" of vs. "receive"

B) is grammatically incorrect. The word recently indicates that this sentence should be in the Present Perfect tense ("has increased"), but "had increased" is Past Perfect.

C) is grammatically incorrect. The word recently indicates that this sentence should be in the Present Perfect tense ("has increased"), but "increased" is Past Simple.

D) is grammatically incorrect. The word often indicates that this sentence should be in the Present Simple tense ("receive"), but "had received" is Past Perfect.

E) is THE CORRECT ANSWER. It is grammatically correct and has no redundant phrases.

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28 Feb 2020, 06:58
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Option E: corrects the following errors in the original sentence.

-> It removes the redundant phrase films of this nature
-> are the recipients with receive.

Ans: E
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28 Feb 2020, 08:58
The number of films that present social commentary of some kind has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of profuse media interest.

A. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of
B. had increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive
C. increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive
D. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films had often received
E. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive

Here errors are 'has increased' can't be used with 'recently', besides 'such films' is better than 'films of this nature' and finally 'had' is wrong for there is only one incident. Sentence needs simple past verb.

Only C removes the errors.

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The number of films that present social commentary of some kind has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of profuse media interest.

A. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of
B. had increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive
C. increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive
D. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films had often received
E. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive

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Originally posted by exc4libur on 28 Feb 2020, 09:31.
Last edited by exc4libur on 02 Mar 2020, 03:03, edited 1 time in total.
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28 Feb 2020, 19:48
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The number of films that present social commentary of some kind has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of profuse media interest.

Tested - S-V, Tenses

A. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of - This looks ok but compared to option 'E', option 'A' loses because of its unnecessary wordiness
B. had increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive - 'had' is wrong. There is no other verb used in past tense to convey the timeline of events
C. increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive - Verb is missing
D. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films had often received - Like Option B, there is no other verb used in past tense to convey the timeline of events
E. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive - Correct S-V, tense. Correct.
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28 Feb 2020, 22:15
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A. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of. Wrong – “are often the recipients of” is wordy.

B. had increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive. Wrong- “ had increased recently…………often receive” is not correct.

C. increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive. Wrong – “increased recently……………………. often receive” is wrong.

D. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films had often received. Wrong- “has increased recently……………. had often received” is not correct.

E. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive. Correct.
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29 Feb 2020, 11:20
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Split #1: tense sequence.
The sequence of events per the context of the sentence is that the increments in the number of films that present social commentary is the earlier event, while the receipt of profuse media attention is the newer event. The present perfect tense is used for the earlier event whose effects are still valid, while the simple present tense is used for the newer event.
In A, we have the number has increased (present perfect) recently and films are recipients (simple present tense).. The tense sequence is correct.
In B, we have the number had increased (past perfect tense) recently and films receive (simple present tense).. The tense sequence is wrong. Eliminate B.
In C, we have the number increased (past tense) recently and films receive (simple present tense)... The tense sequence is wrong. Eliminate C.
In D, we have the number has increased (present perfect tense) recently and films had received (past perfect tense)... The tense sequence is wrong. Eliminate D.
In E, we have the number has increased (present perfect tense) recently and films receive (simple present tense)... The tense sequence is correct.

Between A and E, A is wordy. Films of this nature are often the recipients is wordy compared to such films often receive. The verb receive is more concise than the noun form recipient in A in which the voice has shifted from active to passive. Such shifts in voice are not optimal and should be avoided if possible as they make the sentence wordier compared to the direct active voice, which uses the verb. A can be eliminated.

We are left with E as the best answer.

A. The number of films that present social commentary of some kind has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of profuse media interest.
B. The number of films that present social commentary of some kind had increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive profuse media interest.
C. The number of films that present social commentary of some kind increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive profuse media interest.
D. The number of films that present social commentary of some kind has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films had often received profuse media interest.
E. The number of films that present social commentary of some kind has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive profuse media interest.
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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

The number of films that present social commentary of some kind has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of profuse media interest.

A. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that films of this nature are often the recipients of

Incorrect.

Although this answer choice is grammatically correct, it is stylistically flawed.

Compare the following redundant phrases with their more concise alternatives:

films of this nature vs. such films

are the recipients of vs. receive

B. had increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The word recently indicates that this sentence should be in the Present Perfect tense (has increased), but had increased is Past Perfect.

C. increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The word recently indicates that this sentence should be in the Present Perfect tense (has increased) but increased is Past Simple.

D. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films had often received

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The word often indicates that this sentence should be in the Present Simple tense (receive), but had received is Past Perfect.

E. has increased recently, probably because of an understanding that such films often receive[/quote]

This answer choice corrects the stylistic flaws in the original sentence, by replacing the redundant phrase films of this nature and are the recipients with the more concise phrase such films and receive.
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