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# During the nineteenth century Emily Eden and Fanny Parks

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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
(E) that formed the basis of news reports about the princely states they
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11 Dec 2006, 02:02
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(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
(E) that formed the basis of news reports about the princely states they
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11 Dec 2006, 02:12
Another one for E.

Tense consistency - sentence should maintain simple past tense:
'journeyed' and 'formed'
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11 Dec 2006, 08:25
one more E from my side.
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13 Jun 2007, 19:20
AK wrote:
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(E) that formed the basis of news reports about the princely states they

assuming we had "that formed" in (D) instead of "which had", why is the last had at the end of (D) in the incorrect tense?
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15 Apr 2008, 18:44
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(E) that formed the basis of news reports about the princely states they

assuming we had "that formed" in (D) instead of "which had", why is the last had at the end of (D) in the incorrect tense?

I think it is right to use the second "had" in D. The first "had" is unnecessary though.

E is the best one of all.
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07 Jun 2010, 05:10
'forming...’ is a clause that tries to modify ‘sketching and keeping journals’. The second part of the sentence requires a main verb(visited does not modify ‘sketching and keeping journals’) because 'forming' is not a working verb.Hence, it is a fragment. Besides perfect tense is not required because it is understood that they would visit first and then chronicle it. Option B solves the fragment problem, but removes the subject ’they’. In C, have makes no sense. Besides ‘to form’ changes the meaning. In D apart from the wrong usage of ‘which’, the perfect tense is not required. E is perfect.
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07 Jun 2010, 05:46
E it is.

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.

"had visited" will sequence the events. But in fact EE and FP did the activities simultaneously - visiting and sketching journals. A and D OUT

"have" is for events which can still be on but we are talking about the 19th century. C OUT

that were forming --> what? sketching and keeping. No. B OUT

Only thing left is E.
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14 Jun 2010, 19:34
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AK wrote:
E

(E) that formed the basis of news reports about the princely states they

assuming we had "that formed" in (D) instead of "which had", why is the last had at the end of (D) in the incorrect tense?

true, because of the word 'during', the second 'had' must be there in the answer.welll 1000 sc is good to build up our concepts, but the questions arent perfect.
for those interested, questions 409 and 410 cover the concept of 'time period'. please note the perfect tense when the sentnce begins in the following manner:
during the last X
in the last century
by 1980
etc
when we talk about a streched out time period in the past, MOSTLY(this case inculded) must have perfect tense
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23 Dec 2011, 04:12
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AK wrote:
E

(E) that formed the basis of news reports about the princely states they

assuming we had "that formed" in (D) instead of "which had", why is the last had at the end of (D) in the incorrect tense?

true, because of the word 'during', the second 'had' must be there in the answer.welll 1000 sc is good to build up our concepts, but the questions arent perfect.
for those interested, questions 409 and 410 cover the concept of 'time period'. please note the perfect tense when the sentnce begins in the following manner:
during the last X
in the last century
by 1980
etc
when we talk about a streched out time period in the past, MOSTLY(this case inculded) must have perfect tense

The last 'had' is unnecessary because both visiting and sketching & keeping journals happened at the same time; hence no perfect tense
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(E) that formed the basis of news reports about the princely states they

assuming we had "that formed" in (D) instead of "which had", why is the last had at the end of (D) in the incorrect tense?

true, because of the word 'during', the second 'had' must be there in the answer.welll 1000 sc is good to build up our concepts, but the questions arent perfect.
for those interested, questions 409 and 410 cover the concept of 'time period'. please note the perfect tense when the sentnce begins in the following manner:
during the last X
in the last century
by 1980
etc
when we talk about a streched out time period in the past, MOSTLY(this case inculded) must have perfect tense
The last 'had' is unnecessary because both visiting and sketching & keeping journals happened at the same time; hence no perfect tense

Yes, but the reports were written after they finished visiting, so two different time periods, hence past perfect
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