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Here’s the first question:

Sentence Completion: 

The president’s latest television news conferences indicate that the aggression may, or already has, begun in the disputed territory.

c. either may or already has begun there

d. may begin in the disputed territory or already has

e. may begin in the disputed territory or already did

 

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9 Responses to Challenge Question #1: NEW! Win a free Magoosh GMAT account!

  1. Aakash September 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    B.
    Grammatically and syntactically sound answer choice.

  2. Ashutosh Agarwal September 11, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    “Did” can stand alone (past simple), but “done” needs a ‘helper’ verb (past participle). If you hear short comments like “done already!”, remember it’s a condensed version of “it is already done”.

    For using “already”, it makes more sense to use present perfect (“I have already done that”), though you will hear speakers use simple past at times.

    So the (d) and (e) options are not possible . Left options are (a) , (b) , (c) in which (b) is the correct answer.

    So my final answer is(b).

  3. UMESH PATIL September 11, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    My Answer: B

    News conferences of the president has created aggression in the disputed territory. The sentence tells two possibilities about the occurrence of aggression. First, aggression has already started in the disputed area. Second, aggression will begin if has not started yet. Both possibilities are shown in this single sentence construction.

    Option wise explanation is as below:
    a. may, or already has, begun in the disputed territory
    -> After removing the words between two commas, sentence doesn’t look correct. ‘may begun’ is incorrect usage. Axillary verb ‘may’ is always followed by simple verb form i.e. ‘may begin’.

    b. may begin, or already has begun, in the disputed territory.
    -> Correct! If I test the sentence by removing words between two commas rest of the sentence looks perfect. I get two sentences-‘the aggression may begin’ and ‘the aggression already has begun’ Both sentences are grammatically correct.

    c. either may or already has begun there
    ->Incorrect usage of ‘either..or’. Here ‘either..or’ tries to connection actions at two different time frames- ‘may begun’ and ‘has begun’. The usage ‘may begun’ is incorrect.

    d. may begin in the disputed territory or already has
    -> Last words ‘already has’ doesn’t need to repeat the actual action of verb, but ‘begin’ incorrect usage. Word ‘has’ should be followed by ‘begun’

    e. may begin in the disputed territory or already did
    -> Aggression has started. It has not disappeared and still present. So, usage of simple past tense ‘already did’ is incorrect here.

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      Rachel September 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

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  4. Varu September 11, 2013 at 2:15 am #

    Ans: b

    IMO the correct ans is option b by way of elimination.

    The president’s latest television news conferences indicate that the aggression may, or already has, begun in the disputed territory.

    a. may, or already has, begun in the disputed territory [it doesn’t sound right! the verb begun is ok with already has but may begun does not make any sense so this option is ruled out. ]

    b. may begin, or already has begun, in the disputed territory [correct option]

    c. either may or already has begun there [again the verb begun does not go with may]

    d. may begin in the disputed territory or already has [with this the sentence will end in has which is not correct moreover it will leave the sentence incomplete]

    e. may begin in the disputed territory or already did [sentence ends in did and is incomplete]

  5. Santosh Kumar September 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    The correct answer is ‘b’

    a. wrong comma should not be used between has & begun as both combined to form the verb.

    b.proper use of comma with correct verb usage has begun (present perfect) to indicate the event occured in recent past.

    c.use of either is not apt in this case and verb has begun refers to both already and may which is not correct usage.

    d & e. ends abruptly without any clear information what already has/did began. There is pronoun error in the latter part of the sentence.

  6. Amit Kumar September 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    (E) sounds as best choice to me.

  7. Margaret Odonkor September 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Answer to question is : d

  8. T Barkeloo September 10, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Choice b is the correct answer.

    The phrase ‘may begin’ and ‘already has begun’ can be used independently with the phrase ‘in the disputed territory’ to form a complete correct sentence.


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