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During the nineteenth century Emily Eden and Fanny Parks journeyed throughout India, sketching and keeping journals forming the basis of news reports about the princely states where they had visited.

(A) forming the basis of news reports about the princely states where they had
(B) that were forming the basis of news reports about the princely states
(C) to form the basis of news reports about the princely states which they have
(D) which had formed the basis of news reports about the princely states where they had
(E) that formed the basis of news reports about the princely states they
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2005, 15:46
B.

we need relative claue to describe journals. This should begin with that or which

A and C out.

generally which is preceded by comma. D out

Between B and E, I would pick B as the new reports were published while they were traveling and keeping journals (continuous tense).

E will be true if news reports publishes once they completed their journey.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2005, 17:21
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E is my pick. Not convinced by duttsits logic.


Choice E for me as well. There is no need to maintain parallelism here by using 'forming' as in choice B. In fact, the opinions were formed after all the journeying, and not while the act of travelling was in progress. As such, the parallelism would be one of a 'false parallelism'.

I'll take E.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2005, 17:42
I'll pick E,

A is out because "forming" is awkward

B is out because "visited" is passive while they visited is better

C is out because "they have" cannot be used for past time

D is out because "which had formed" should be changed to "that formed": present and "that" is better than "which" in this case
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2005, 03:39
E for me too.

We need the relative that, Between B and E, I choose E because the tenses are more consistent
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2005, 06:25
I'd go for E.

A, B- to use forming sounds awkward.
C- uses the wrong verb tense
D- wrong verb tense
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2005, 06:42
Sorry Duttsit, but I`m jumping on the E train here.
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