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25. The record of the past is always incomplete, and the

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25. The record of the past is always incomplete, and the
historian who writes about it inevitably reflects
the
preoccupations of their own time.

(A) the historian who writes about it inevitably
reflects
(B) the historian writing about it will inevitably
reflect
(C) a historian writing about it inevitably reflects
(D) writing about it, it is inevitable for historians
to reflect
(E) historians in writing about it inevitable reflect
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08 Apr 2004, 05:14
I believe B is wrong since "their" in the last half of the paragraph has to refer to a plural subject. Hence, the plural subject form "historians" is needed
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08 Apr 2004, 05:51
The choice is between D and E.
I have a doubt about E because of 'in writing about it..'. Hence D seems to be the best answer.
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17 Apr 2004, 06:46
batliwala wrote:
25. The record of the past is always incomplete, and the
historian who writes about it inevitably reflects
the
preoccupations of their own time.

(A) the historian who writes about it inevitably
reflects
(B) the historian writing about it will inevitably
reflect
(C) a historian writing about it inevitably reflects
(D) writing about it, it is inevitable for historians
to reflect
(E) historians in writing about it inevitable reflect

This question, as it is, is absurd at best and ludicrous at worst.

Let us go over each answer choices.

A, B, C --? тАЬthe/A historianтАЭ does not agree with pronoun тАЬtheirтАЭ
A, B --> тАЬthe historianтАЭ refers to one particular historian, this reference
distorts the meaning of the sentence.
D --> What is modified by тАЬwriting about itтАЭ? Is the record writing or the тАЬitтАЭ writing?
E --> тАЬinevitableтАЭ is an adjective, which canтАЩt modify a verb.

I think this question has typo. In answer choice E, тАЬinevitableтАЭ should be тАЬinevitablyтАЭ
After the modification, the answer choice is E.
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18 Apr 2004, 04:49
E here too. Not sure what the second "it" in D is referring to.
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