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The record of the past is always incomplete, and the
historian who writes about it inevitably reflects
the
preoccupations of their own time.

(A) the historian who writes about it inevitably
reflects
(B) the historian writing about it will inevitably
reflect
(C) a historian writing about it inevitably reflects
(D) writing about it, it is inevitable for historians
to reflect
(E) historians in writing about it inevitable reflect
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03 Jul 2004, 15:37
I will choose E,

We need a plural noun that their refers to it.
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04 Jul 2004, 04:01
My answer is E as well.
Reason is the same with that of dr_sabr
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04 Jul 2004, 10:52
the important aspect to notice in this kind of sentences is the use of pronoun... 'their' here is PLURAL ...

hence A B and C are right out of the exit door...

between D and E ... D has the ''writting about it '' as the starting part and also the use of ''it '' does not a precedent noun...

and only the choice E makes it CLEAR like crystal....

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04 Jul 2004, 11:48
Provided that "inevitable" in E is a typo
historians in writing about it inevitable (should be "inevitably") reflect
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04 Jul 2004, 12:27
what's wrong with D?
'it' is present in both D and E, hence it can't be the sole reason why D is off, if it is in fact off. what's the OA?
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05 Jul 2004, 04:04
Want to clear one of my doubts here!

When I use "The historian" won't this make it a plural reference, (when compared with "A historian"). If this is the case we cannot reject (A) and (B) because of pronoun error.
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05 Jul 2004, 04:11
"the" in A and B are definite article whereas "a" in C is an indefinite article. All 3 are singular to the difference that when we say "the", we know which historian we are refering to.
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05 Jul 2004, 04:48
Thanks Paul, I understand that and agree with your point.

But somewhere in the GMAT club's posting I read, there are situations when we can use "THE" for a noun which shall make it plural. While using article "A" shall make it singular.
(Sorry! I don't have the link to that post!), What my point is, can we use "The" to make a noun plural, while putting article "A" in front of that noun would make it singular.
(Pardon me if this sounds gibberish to you! )
05 Jul 2004, 04:48
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