Spanning more than fifty years, Friedrich Muller began his career in an unpromising apprenticeship as a Sanskrit scholar and culminated in virtually every honor that European governments and learned societies could bestow.
(A) Muller began his career in an unpromising apprenticeship as
(B) Muller’s career began in an unpromising apprenticeship as
(C) Muller’s career began with the unpromising apprenticeship of being
(D) Muller had begun his career with the unpromising apprenticeship of being
(E) the career of Muller has begun with an unpromising apprenticeship of
here is my OE
when I attack the problem thi first thing is to try to understand what going on, the meaning of the sentence, what the sentence are trying to comunicate to me. for me is the best way to tackle SC because is true that if you rely on meaning even if you do not understand completely the grammar in use CAN spot the right answer. Vice versa is NOT true.
here we can say to ourself: " what spanning ?? Muller or career ?? of course career. based on this we can analyze the question
1) is wrong based on the meaning that creee began NOT Muller
2) Seems good and also have the right idiom "apprenticeship as " hold
instead of IN (notice in in the answer B) doensn't make sense at all and apprenticeship of being
is wrong and ackward
4) had began indicate that start in a previous time frame but here we need the simple past AND apprenticeship of being
5) the career of Muller has begun with
in sequence : wordy, wrong verb and wrong with
...........B is the answer
I hope is useful this explanation
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