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## Old question, new doubt (OG 10 )

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#### Old question, new doubt (OG 10 )

Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:00 am
What brought the automobile company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the Second World War was a special, governmentally sanctioned price increase allowed during a period of wage and price controls.
(A) What brought
(B) The thing that brought
(C) That which brought
(D) Bringing
(E) What has brought

oa A

I assume the company is still in existence so perfect tense ?

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Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:43 am
OA - A - what correctly refers to noun increase

B, C - incorrect - wordy

D - incorrect - wrong tense - bringing suggests an ongoing condition and is incompatible with an action that was completed shortly after the second world war.

E - incorrect - violating parallelism - past tense brought is needed to parallel was. Further has brought indicates action that continues up to the present.

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Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:42 am
bblast wrote:
What brought the automobile company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the Second World War was a special, governmentally sanctioned price increase allowed during a period of wage and price controls.
(A) What brought
(B) The thing that brought
(C) That which brought
(D) Bringing
(E) What has brought

oa A

I assume the company is still in existence so perfect tense ?
A good rule to live by:

All the verbs should be in the same tense unless a change in tense is needed.

Since the non-underlined verb was is in the past tense, the present perfect tense verb in E (has brought) is incorrect. There is no reason to change tense.

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[quote="GMATGuruNY"]
bblast wrote:
What brought the automobile company back from the verge of bankruptcy shortly after the Second World War was a special, governmentally sanctioned price increase allowed during a period of wage and price controls.
(A) What brought
(B) The thing that brought
(C) That which brought
(D) Bringing
(E) What has brought

oa A

I assume the company is still in existence so perfect tense ?
A good rule to live by:

All the verbs should be in the same tense unless a change in tense is needed.

Since the non-underlined verb was is in the past tense, the present perfect tense verb in E (has brought) is incorrect. There is no reason to change tense.[/quot

mitch sir,what is wrong in option d?

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Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:34 am
sagarock wrote:
mitch sir,what is wrong in option d?
D: Bringing...was a special, governmentally sanctioned price increase.
This wording seems to convey the following meaning:
the act of BRINGING = a SPECIAL PRICE INCREASE.
This meaning is nonsensical.
Eliminate D.

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