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Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he also won the loyalty of its citizens: the invading Danes were well aware of this weakness and used it to their advantage in 893.
(A) Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he
(B) The fact that King Alfred had occupied and fortified London in 886 did not mean that he had
(C) Just because King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean he
(D) The fact that King Alfred occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean that he
(E) Just because King Alfred had occupied and fortified London in 886, it did not mean he
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My choice is A.

Everything before the word "mean" should either be a noun or a noun phrase (concept). B has this. The tense problem is that he should win before having the loyalty of the people. Using "had" takes us back even before he won which I feel is inapropriate. The answer may very well be B.

I think the error made by A is more serious than that made by B
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My vote is for C
B and E are wrong as both use 'had'. that signals a completed action.
D is wrong as it has redundant 'it'
So between A and C I vote for C. 'did not mean' will need 'it'
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A and B both use the right choice of tense here. the difference here is in the use of "the fact / just ". OA is B, but i don't find anything wrong with A.
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A and B both use the right choice of tense here. the difference here is in the use of "the fact / just ". OA is B, but i don't find anything wrong with A.


A lacks a clear subject for "did not mean". I would not say that "Just because.. occupied.." is a subject. A'd prefer a noun.
B has "fact" that "did not mean"
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