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After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”
(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached
(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching
(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached
(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached
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After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”
(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached
(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching
(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached
(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached

(A) After,...., had reached => wrong.
(B) on being asked => akward
(C) comma should be semicolon
(D) correct
(E) the same to A
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22 Apr 2012, 22:44
A> he had reached past perfect is not required
B> on being asked and reaching - is not the right construction
C> Close but indiative of a sequential activity
D> When asked by the queen, the admiral reached for a paper.... - Correct
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22 Apr 2012, 23:36
D is correct ; correct tense and proper meaning without any ambiguity
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24 Apr 2012, 22:08
Queen asked Columbus to describe the island itself, not the discovery of the island. Option E skews the meaning of the original sentence by suggesting otherwise.
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24 Apr 2012, 23:23
In B, it also tells the discovery of the island
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24 Apr 2012, 23:46
monir6000 wrote:
In B, it also tells the discovery of the island

I second monir6000, B is incorrect because it is describing or laying emphasis on new discovery and thus causing a shift in the original/intended meaning.
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