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Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it
Let me straight away get to the ERROR ANALYSIS
as the meaning of this one is not difficult to understand.
1. Both “determined” and “devoted” are the verbs for the subject “Schliemann” and are connected properly. However, the pronoun “it” does not have a proper antecedent. A pronoun must refer to a noun or a pronoun. Here “it” seems to denote to the action suggested by “to find the site…”. This is incorrect.PoE:
A. devoted his subsequent career to do it: Incorrect
for the reason cited above.
B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that: Incorrect.
1. Use of present perfect tense “has” is incorrect as the context is sentence is set in the past.
2. Pronoun “that” does not have any antecedent. Same error as in choice A.
C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end: Incorrect.
Use of “such” is not correct here as it fails to refer to the particular task mentioned in the sentence.
D. has devoted his subsequent career for that: Incorrect.
Same “that” reference error as in choice B.
E. devoted his subsequent career to that end: Correct.
Here “that” is a pronoun that refers to the articular idea complemented by “end”.
Hope this helps.
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