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It took the museum decades of creative and persistent effort and it acquired the outstanding Rembrandt collection.

(A) and it acquired the outstanding Rembrandt collection
(B) before their outstanding Rembrandt collection had been acquired
(C) and finally it had an outstanding Rembrandt collection there
(D) but finally an outstanding Rembrandt collection was acquired at last
(E) to acquire its outstanding Rembrandt collection

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4. It took the museum decades of creative and persistent effort and it acquired the outstanding Rembrandt collection.
(A) and it acquired the outstanding Rembrandt collection
- The underlined part in the original sentence is a result of Non-underlined part. Thus AND can be used in such scenario. Thus INCORRECT
(B) before their outstanding Rembrandt collection had been acquired
- Museum is Singular in number but THEIR is plural. So pronoun does not match in number. Moreover use of ACQUIRED changes the meaning of the original sentence. It now means that Museum had the "Rembrandt collection" & it was acquired by someone. Thus INCORRECT
(C) and finally it had an outstanding Rembrandt collection there -
Same error as in option A. Moreover, there is no need to use placeholder THERE. Thus INCORRECT.
(D) but finally an outstanding Rembrandt collection was acquired at last -
No need to use passive voice. Thus INCORRECT
(E) to acquire its outstanding Rembrandt collection-
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4. It took the museum decades of creative and persistent effort and it acquired the outstanding Rembrandt collection.

(A) and it acquired the outstanding Rembrandt collection
the contrast is missing
(B) before their outstanding Rembrandt collection had been acquired
their does not agree with museum, which is singular
(C) and finally it had an outstanding Rembrandt collection there
wordy and awkward, passive voice not required
(D) but finally an outstanding Rembrandt collection was acquired at last
No need to use the passive voice, also who acquired the collection is not known
(E) to acquire its outstanding Rembrandt collection
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4. It took the museum decades of creative and persistent effort and it acquired the outstanding Rembrandt collection.

(A) and it acquired the outstanding Rembrandt collection
(B) before their outstanding Rembrandt collection had been acquired
(C) and finally it had an outstanding Rembrandt collection there
(D) but finally an outstanding Rembrandt collection was acquired at last
(E) to acquire its outstanding Rembrandt collection

Question 4
Answer should be E

The non-underligned part has the promoun ambiguity. There is no clear referent for it. Its intended referent to accquire is nowhere in the sentence. The correct structure for this sentence will be it took the musium x amount of efforts to do y. Only choice E has structure similar to this and is therefore correct choice.

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It took the museum decades of creative and persistent effort and it acquired the outstanding Rembrandt collection.

(A) and it acquired the outstanding Rembrandt collection
(B) before their outstanding Rembrandt collection had been acquired
(C) and finally it had an outstanding Rembrandt collection there
(D) but finally an outstanding Rembrandt collection was acquired at last
(E) to acquire its outstanding Rembrandt collection

Explanation:

Concepts tested: Grammatical construction, Meaning, Redundancy

As the sentence starts with “it took decades of effort”, underlined part needs to start with infinitive mode “to + verb”. Only option E meets the criterion.

A) “And” is used incorrectly. Parts before “and” and after “and” are not correlated and the sentence does not convey the result of decades of effort. Wrong.
B) The sentence sounds like someone acquired Rembrandt collection. “Their” has no antecedent. Wrong.
C) “And” is used incorrectly. Parts before “and” and after “and” are not correlated and the sentence does not convey the result of decades of effort. Wrong.
D) Inappropriate use of “but”. “Finally” + “at last” --> redundant. It is not clear who acquired Rembrandt collection. Wrong.
E) Correct. The sentence is grammatically correct and conveys meaning properly.

Correct Answer is E.
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