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The viatnamese artist exhibiting work in the united states

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The viatnamese artist exhibiting work in the united states reported that one of her artistic challenges had been the former widespread
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unavailability of paper and canvas in wartime, which she said often forced her to work on matchboxes and scraps of newsprint.

a) her artistic challenges had been the former
b) her artistic challenges had been the formerly
c) her artistic challenges is the former
d) their artistic challenges is the former
e) their artistic challenges had been the former

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05 Jul 2006, 20:34
shoonya wrote:
The viatnamese artist exhibiting work in the united states reported that one of her artistic challenges had been the former widespread unavailability of paper and canvas in wartime, which she said often forced her to work on matchboxes and scraps of newsprint.

a) her artistic challenges had been the former
b) her artistic challenges had been the formerly
c) her artistic challenges is the former
d) their artistic challenges is the former
e) their artistic challenges had been the former

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05 Jul 2006, 20:51
MA wrote:
shoonya wrote:
The viatnamese artist exhibiting work in the united states reported that one of her artistic challenges had been the former widespread unavailability of paper and canvas in wartime, which she said often forced her to work on matchboxes and scraps of newsprint.

a) her artistic challenges had been the former
b) her artistic challenges had been the formerly
c) her artistic challenges is the former
d) their artistic challenges is the former
e) their artistic challenges had been the former

I will go with A

"former" may be a noun or adjective depending on the context.
Example
Noun: Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today.
Adjective: The sentence posted. "former" is modifying the noun "unavailability".

MA,
See the bold part above. I think adjectives modify noun or a pronoun ONLY not the adverbs. "widespread" is an adjective and is modiying "unavailability". "former" is also an adjective here and modifying "unavailability".
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05 Jul 2006, 20:55
I too take (A). Formerly and unavailability clash in B.

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05 Jul 2006, 21:01
Will go with A

D/E "their" S-V agreement violated hence out.

"Had" is required for past tense.

B - formely and unavailability clash

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05 Jul 2006, 21:01
MA wrote:
shoonya wrote:
The viatnamese artist exhibiting work in the united states reported that one of her artistic challenges had been the former widespread unavailability of paper and canvas in wartime, which she said often forced her to work on matchboxes and scraps of newsprint.

a) her artistic challenges had been the former
b) her artistic challenges had been the formerly
c) her artistic challenges is the former
d) their artistic challenges is the former
e) their artistic challenges had been the former

Though I think answer is B, reasoning given above is wrong.

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05 Jul 2006, 21:57
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shoonya wrote:
The viatnamese artist exhibiting work in the united states reported that one of her artistic challenges had been the former widespread unavailability of paper and canvas in wartime, which she said often forced her to work on matchboxes and scraps of newsprint.

a) her artistic challenges had been the former
b) her artistic challenges had been the formerly
c) her artistic challenges is the former
d) their artistic challenges is the former
e) their artistic challenges had been the former

Though I think answer is B, reasoning given above is wrong.

you are correct. i mistakenly reversed the rule: adv modifies the adj.

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05 Jul 2006, 23:38
I go for B.

If we replace former with first, clearly "... had been the firstly widespread unavalability" sounds incorrect.

CDE are out due to tense or THEIR.

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07 Jul 2006, 11:30
It's a question from Kaplan's diagnostic test. The OA is A.
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