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# With his last three plays Mr. Leonard has turned

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With his last three plays Mr. Leonard has turned increasingly toward autobiographical material and, like Eugene O'Neill's, have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their dramatizations.

(A) like Eugene O'Neill's have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their

(B) like Eugene O'Neill's, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through his

(C) as Eugene O'Neill's did, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through their

(D) as Eugene O'Neill has done, have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their

(E) as with Eugene O'Neill, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through his

their dramatizations or his dramatization ???
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29 Jan 2012, 01:28
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With his last three plays Mr. Leonard has turned increasingly toward autobiographical material and, like Eugene O'Neill's, have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their dramatizations.

(A) like Eugene O'Neill's have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their

(B) like Eugene O'Neill's, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through his

(C) as Eugene O'Neill's did, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through their

(D) as Eugene O'Neill has done, have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their

(E) as with Eugene O'Neill, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through his

their dramatizations or his dramatization ???

Mr. Leonard's autobiography is comparing with O'Neill's. Together their dramatizatios.
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With his last three plays Mr. Leonard has turned increasingly toward autobiographical material and, like Eugene O'Neill's, have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their dramatizations.

(A) like Eugene O'Neill's have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their....wrong comparison Mr. Leonard and Eugene O'Neill's (possessive)

(B) like Eugene O'Neill's, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through his
same as A, their dramatizations is required not his .. their is referring to plays.

(C) as Eugene O'Neill's did, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through their
correct
(D) as Eugene O'Neill has done, have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their
have is incorrect, should be has.

(E) as with Eugene O'Neill, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through his
same as B
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14 Feb 2012, 23:51
To rajeevrks27

I also picked c as the answer, but OA is b.
I don't understand why!!!!
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12 Jan 2016, 13:52
Can someone explain this?
What is "their" stand for?
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15 Jan 2016, 02:30
With his last three plays Mr. Leonard has turned increasingly toward autobiographical material and, like Eugene O'Neill's, have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their dramatizations.

(A) like Eugene O'Neill's have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their ==> Like is perfectly wrong here.

(B) like Eugene O'Neill's, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through his ==> the same as B

(C) as Eugene O'Neill's did, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through their ==> AS EO did or AS EO has done is ok, but we have a correct Subject-Verb Agreement here.

(D) as Eugene O'Neill has done, have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their ==> Mr.Leonardo has turned...and have come, incorrect

(E) as with Eugene O'Neill, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through his ==> as with is very awkward

Many people will raise questions about the pronoun "their". In my opinion, their refers to both Mr.Leonardo's and Eugene O'Neill's'. It's just my opinion. I still need an expert's confirmation for this thought.
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With his last three plays Mr. Leonard has turned increasingly toward autobiographical material and, like Eugene O'Neill's, have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their dramatizations.

(A) like Eugene O'Neill's have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their ==> Like is perfectly wrong here.

(B) like Eugene O'Neill's, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through his ==> the same as B

(C) as Eugene O'Neill's did, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through their ==> AS EO did or AS EO has done is ok, but we have a correct Subject-Verb Agreement here.

(D) as Eugene O'Neill has done, have come to terms with a difficult personal history through their ==> Mr.Leonardo has turned...and have come, incorrect

(E) as with Eugene O'Neill, has come to terms with a difficult personal history through his ==> as with is very awkward

Many people will raise questions about the pronoun "their". In my opinion, their refers to both Mr.Leonardo's and Eugene O'Neill's'. It's just my opinion. I still need an expert's confirmation for this thought.

Hi newconcept123 and thanhphong01,

If I were to read the sentence and decide on what "their" stands for...
It is "three plays", the ones we started the sentence with..
we are talking of dramatization of these three plays..

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15 Jan 2016, 03:33
A debatable question.

Which is correct? O’Neill or O’Neill’s, (whether O’Neill’s is proper noun or possessive noun? I believe O’Neill is the proper noun, as choice D and E indicate. If so, A, B and C are out, since we are comparing a person with some other’s works.
Even so, D is wrong using the plural verb ‘have’ for the singular Leonard. In E, the pronoun ‘their’ may indeed refer to the three plays, as there is no other plural noun in the passage. If we attribute ‘his’ to Leonard’s dramatizations, then, ‘his’ might fit with O’Neill as well.
In addition, to say that he did ‘as with O’Neill’ is to wrong the intended meaning. Can we have so much muddle in a choice? Where do we go from here?

Another general observation is the presence of the comma after 'and'. We have seen sentences with a comma before 'and' or even without, but one after 'and' in all the choices is very suspect.
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