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# The vietnamese artist exhibiting work in the US reported

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The vietnamese artist exhibiting work in the US reported that one of her artsitic challanges had been former widespread unavalaibility of paper and canvas in wartime, which she said often forced her to work on matchboxes and scraps of newsprint.

1.her artistic challanges had been the former
2.her artistic challanges had been the formerly
3.her artistic challanges is the former
4.their artistic challanges is the former
5.their artistic challanges had been the former

pls explain...

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25 Nov 2003, 23:04
[quote="dj"]The vietnamese artist exhibiting work in the US reported that one of <her artsitic challanges had been former> widespread unavalaibility of paper and canvas in wartime, which she said often forced her to work on matchboxes and scraps of newsprint.

1.her artistic challanges had been the former
2.her artistic challanges had been the formerly
3.her artistic challanges is the former
4.their artistic challanges is the former
5.their artistic challanges had been the former

4,5 are wrong for THEIR
I think it should be Had been
1 is better than 2.
so 1
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25 Nov 2003, 23:17
dj wrote:
The vietnamese artist exhibiting work in the US reported that one of <her artsitic challanges had been former> widespread unavalaibility of paper and canvas in wartime, which she said often forced her to work on matchboxes and scraps of newsprint.

1.her artistic challanges had been the former
2.her artistic challanges had been the formerly
3.her artistic challanges is the former
4.their artistic challanges is the former
5.their artistic challanges had been the former

pls explain...

A uses former , which is incorrect here.. former is more of a comparative.

i think B.

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25 Nov 2003, 23:20
praet,

i thought on the same lines, but the answer is A

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25 Nov 2003, 23:21
1 and 2 are the best ones. The difference is FORMER/FORMERLY

I opt for 2 because abverb FORMERLY is necessary to modify adjective WIDESPREAD. If we had needed to modify noun UNAVAILABILITY, then adjective FORMER would have been OK here.

vote for 2.

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25 Nov 2003, 23:36
this is from kaplan..I chose B, but they proved me wrong for the reason I didn't understood

explanation: "formerly" suggests that what happened in the past was the widespread unavailability not the unavailability itself ... I don't understand

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26 Nov 2003, 01:36
dj wrote:
this is from kaplan..I chose B, but they proved me wrong for the reason I didn't understood

explanation: "formerly" suggests that what happened in the past was the widespread unavailability not the unavailability itself ... I don't understand

I think B is correct...but overall, this is not really a good question.

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26 Nov 2003, 07:54
mbamantra,
the official ans is A, but I don't have good explanation for it.. you got A, could you explain?

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15 May 2005, 18:06
Can someone explain the OA for this ?

I too chose B, but didn't understand clearly why A is the answer.
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15 May 2005, 18:31
it is A, remove widespread, then does B's 'formerly unavailability' sound right?

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16 May 2005, 05:09
One for A.

In B, that "formerly" modifies "widespread" is not logical. So the use in which "former" modifies "unavalaibility" is correct and shown in A.
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