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Brought before a military tribunal for crimes that he claims not to have committed, the soldiers lawyer vehemently denied that the young man had any part in the wrongdoing.

(A) the soldiers lawyer vehemently denied that the young man had any part in the wrongdoing
(B) the lawyer retained by the soldier vehemently denied that he had had any part in the wrongdoing
(C) the lawyer retained by the soldier vehemently denied that the young man has had any part in the wrongdoing
(D) the soldier vehemently denied that he had any part in the wrongdoing
(E) the soldier vehemently denied that he had had any part in the wrongdoing
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13 Oct 2005, 23:47
I think subject is solder so left D and E.
I vote for E because it uses "had had" (the action that happed before he denied)
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13 Oct 2005, 23:48
GMATT73 wrote:
Brought before a military tribunal for crimes that he claims not to have committed, the soldiers lawyer vehemently denied that the young man had any part in the wrongdoing.

(A) the soldiers lawyer vehemently denied that the young man had any part in the wrongdoing
(B) the lawyer retained by the soldier vehemently denied that he had had any part in the wrongdoing
(C) the lawyer retained by the soldier vehemently denied that the young man has had any part in the wrongdoing
(D) the soldier vehemently denied that he had any part in the wrongdoing
(E) the soldier vehemently denied that he had had any part in the wrongdoing

My answer is D. It is the soldier who stands the trial, not the lawyer. I choose D.
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14 Oct 2005, 02:00
yes, my choice is D coz "he" modifies " the soldier" .
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14 Oct 2005, 06:48
Go with D.

Eliminate A, B and C for wrong reference.

Between D and E, I chose D because the extra "had" is not necessary

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Brought before a military tribunal for crimes that he claims not to have committed, the soldiers lawyer vehemently denied that the young man had any part in the wrongdoing.

(A) the soldiers lawyer vehemently denied that the young man had any part in the wrongdoing
(B) the lawyer retained by the soldier vehemently denied that he had had any part in the wrongdoing
(C) the lawyer retained by the soldier vehemently denied that the young man has had any part in the wrongdoing
(D) the soldier vehemently denied that he had any part in the wrongdoing
(E) the soldier vehemently denied that he had had any part in the wrongdoing
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14 Oct 2005, 07:55
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I think subject is solder so left D and E.
I vote for E because it uses "had had" (the action that happed before he denied)

I am comfused over the same issue. What is the OA?
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14 Oct 2005, 08:08
i would stick with A

all the sentences modify the lawyer who was brought in the court.
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14 Oct 2005, 09:32
E.

"had had" is past perfect. Used if we need to point to an event Before some other event in the past.

A,B,C streight out. We should not attribute crime to lawyer
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14 Oct 2005, 10:12
We need the noun 'soldier' to come first. So we need to consider D or E>

Between the two, E is a better choice. We need the past perfect form 'had had' to imply that the soldier has nothing to do with the wrongdoing. The first 'had' is for the for past tense nature of the sentence (solider brought before...) and the second 'had' is even further back behind the timeline as the wrongdoing occured before the trial.

E is the best choice.
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14 Oct 2005, 11:46
D is OK. I think simple past would do...we are not differentiating between two events..at least i dont see the logic of the two events..

brought before W, the solider denied that he had anything to do with XYZ, is fine...
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14 Oct 2005, 13:43
I will choose E.
Firstly, it uses correct modifier and secondly it uses correct past perfect tense.
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14 Oct 2005, 21:21
"denied that" here start an indirect speech.
Imagine we were in that court and heard the soldier's direct denying, he would say this way " I have no part in the wrongdoing" . Of coz, he would use present tense here to describe a fact . If he had denied " I had no part in the wrongdoing" , it would have meant that he, at the time at the court, had a part in wrongdoing. Anyway, it's only my opinion
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14 Oct 2005, 21:33
E. i think we need PP tense to express an event that happenbed earlier than the later one in a sequence of events.
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15 Oct 2005, 08:45
OA is E.

Explanation:
Spot the Error:
The descriptive phrase, "brought before...committed", indicates the modifier is being tested.

Rule and Fix:
A Modifier must be as close as possible to the thing it describes, in this case the phrase should modify the solider not the lawyer.

POE:
A, B, and C all place the lawyer directly after the phrase causing the phrase to modify the lawyer.

Chunk and Compare:
Compare D to E.
The difference is in the verbs. D uses the simple past (had) while E uses the Past Perfect (had had). Since there are 2 past events in the sentence that must be ordered (brought before the tribunal and denying) the past perfect is most appropiate.

Choose E.
15 Oct 2005, 08:45
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