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For almost a hundred years after having its beginning in [#permalink]
02 Nov 2005, 09:57
50% (01:04) correct
50% (00:02) wrong based on 3 sessions
For almost a hundred years after having its beginning in 1788, England exiled some 160,000 criminals to Australia.
A. For almost a hundred years after having its beginning in 1788,
B. Beginning in 1788 for a period of a hundred years,
C. Beginning a period of almost a hundred years, in 1788
D. During a hundred years, a period beginning in 1788,
E. Over a period of a hundred years beginning in 1788,
B would suggest, that England began to "be England / to exist" in 1788 and remained "being england" for 100 years and then something else happened. The sentence would be correct, if not England but the Process of exil would follow. something like
Beginning in 1788 for a period of a hundred years, the deportation of criminals from England to Australia ... blah blah...
Then the modifier modifies the deportation correctly and not England.
E to me as well. Must admit, I was considering D as well but realised it does not have correct modifier/meaning.
I chose E. But after reading thru the explanations, I guess I did not eliminate D for the correct reasons. Could you please elaborate the modifier problem in D?
During is usually used to specify when something happened.
During my stay at Harvard, I met many interesting people.
During does not tells "how long" the the time lasted. For does. For example:
for a period of 2 years, I studied at Harvard.
During, when used to show length of time, need to have subordinate clause beginning with that/when. For example, D, in this case, would have been correct if it said:
During a hundred years that began in 1788, England ....