In D, can't we consider "had" and "earlier" redundant. Both imply the same time sequencing as suggested by the latter part of the sentence.
Moreover, can you shed some more light on the meaning aspect in D.
In option D, EARLIER changes the meaning of the sentence more than it indicates the time sequence. So basically it is meaning issue rather than redundancy.
Original meaning - "Apache had established a fearsome military reputation after their successful 17th century attacks" & they still have the same reputation
as recognized people (in the current time)
Changed meaning - "Apache had established a fearsome military reputation after their successful 17th century attacks" BUT they do not have the same reputation
as of now (in the current time)
- This pen is a bargain because it is only ten cents.
What this means is that "Pen is ten cents
How can a Pen be Ten cents?
Pen can COSTS ten cents
Similarly use of THEMSELVES is also incorrect in option D & such use is completely Illogical.
- the Apache had established themselves a fearsome military reputation
What this means is that "Apache is a Reputation
Tell me, do you really think Apache is a kind of Reputation.
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