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With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras would feel the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

(A) would feel
(B) will feel
(C) have felt
(D) feel
(E) are feeling
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The key is 'over the past several years.' We are referring to an event over the past years. Only option C satisfies this requirement as it is in the past tense.
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Really? Can someone post the explanation please.

Let me try

" event started in past but still continues in present " so , the usage of perfect tense is ideal.

whenever in doubt in terms of usage of tense in sentence , just observe and follow what is the tense usage in the non underlined part of the sentence .. trust me it reallly helps
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08 Jul 2011, 12:47
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C

The tense you need is one that tells us that something has happened in the past and is probably still happening ~ present perfect
A- Would is incorrect as the sentence specifically mentioned the time period and it is not going to happen somewhere in the future
B-Future tense
D-Present tense
E-Present continuous

C- present perfect
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08 Jul 2011, 20:46
+1 C

"over the past several years" indicate that something started in the bast and continues until now.
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17 Jul 2011, 10:26
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With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras would feel the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

a) would feel
b) will feel
c) have felt
d) feel
e) are feeling

A, B are out as they are in future and D, E are due to present tense. So C.
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15 Apr 2012, 08:57
past perfect would need to be used in this situation because its an event that started in the past "past several years" and continues now.
C. have felt.
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Context is key here. The latter part of the sentence sells us that the major orchestras are already experiencing or have already been experiencing the effects of decreases in government funding. So, we can eliminate A, B, and E.

C or E seem to be decent. Let's read the sentences with them:

With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras have felt the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras are feeling the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

This could be tricky. You could be tempted into trying to match "are feeling" to "dwindling", while clearly "have felt" is the correct answer because it references the past several years.

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26 Sep 2013, 04:26
C is best for me.Since we are saying that something is happening and continue to happen!!!
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With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras would feel the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

A. would feel

B. will feel

C. have felt

D. feel

E. are feeling
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06 Mar 2015, 23:46
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With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras would feel the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

A. would feel

B. will feel

C. have felt

D. feel

E. are feeling

+1 for C. Present perfect required here since the effect is relevant till date. (Over the past several years)
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With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras would feel the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

A. would feel

B. will feel

C. have felt

D. feel

E. are feeling

From the non-underlined part it is clear.
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08 Mar 2015, 07:15
souvik101990 wrote:
With government funding for the arts dwindling, even major orchestras would feel the pressure of trying to meet their payroll and travel costs over the past several years.

A. would feel

B. will feel

C. have felt

D. feel

E. are feeling

ans C.... it talks of a period which is ongoing... have felt is correct
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A. would feel. Would is used to report events that have already passed.
B. will feel. We cannot use 'will' as it is not a future event. Its happening for past several years as per the original sentence.
C. Have felt. Present perfect correctly used to signify the pressure that the orchestra are feeling over the past several years.
D. Feel. Simple present cannot be used as its not a regular activity.
E. are feeling. Since it been going on for several years, we need to use present perfect.

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The answer is C. Over the past several years signals present perfect tense form.
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The sentence makes clear that the timeframe in question is "the past several
years." Since the action began in the past but continues to the present, the
appropriate tense is the present perfect (for example, "have walked", "have eaten",
etc.)

(A) This choice incorrectly uses the conditional tense "would feel," which is
inappropriate here to indicate an actual occurrence.

(B) This choice incorrectly uses the future tense "will feel," which is inconsistent with
the past and present nature of the event.

(C) CORRECT. The present perfect "have felt" correctly indicates that that the
orchestras began to feel the pressure in the past and continue to feel the pressure in
the present.

(D) This choice incorrectly uses the simple present tense "feel," which does not
indicate that the action began in the past and continues to the present.

(E) This choice incorrectly uses the present tense "are feeling," which does not
address the past nature of the sentence.
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01 Jul 2016, 05:40
A incorrect
would feel......is used to show uncertainty in future...

Will feel
wrong tense denoting future

C correct
have felt.....pressure began in the past and still continues

D
simple present incorrect

E incorrect
Present continuous incorrect

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01 Jul 2016, 07:46
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