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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.
B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread.
C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads.
D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading.
E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread
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using Spoiler as Official Answer is not yet provided.

A small hyphen or Dash - is generally used to provide details about whatever is said before the Dash.

here the underlined part explains about the 4 -isms and what do they do in our life.

A - Incorrect for using improper active voice - "cathedrals which assorted" would mean cathedrals assorted the interpretations - which does not make sense.

C. Verb - "spreads" - does not fit here, as in the non-underlined part the verb used is "chronicled"

D. double and un-required use of "which"

E. Assorted Interpretations - plural would need "have spread" and not {has spread}.

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makes sense, in passive voice.

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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.
B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread.
C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads.
D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading.
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C. Verb - "spreads" - does not fit here, as in the non-underlined part the verb used is "chronicled"



Also, the noun is "interpretations" for which we should have plural "spread" and not singular "spreads"

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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from. // incorrect placement of preposition from.
B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread. // correct
C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads.// Spreads is in correct.
D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading. \\ Setence after hyphen should be IC.
E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread // we don't require present perfect here as this is author is making a general claim.

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A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread.

C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads.

D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading.

E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread.
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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from. - usage of which and from is wrong here.

B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread. incorrect tense form ; past tense is required as it states something from 20th century now.

C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads. incorrect tense and singular "spreads" refer to plural anticedent "intrepretations"

D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading. incorrect tense form.

E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread. - CORRECT as it uses right tense form; usage of conditional + past tense is required.
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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from. - "which"..."from". Also "grand intellectual cathedrals" did not "assort interpreations" directly.

B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread.Correct. "from which". Correct tense "spread"

C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads."interpretations" is plural. Requires a plural "spread" and not singular "spreads"

D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading."which are" incorrect. "is spreading" incorrect. Also Present continuous should be avoided as much as possible.

E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread. - "has spread" incorrect. "interpretations" require a plural "have".

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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from. - usage of which and from is wrong here.

B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread. incorrect tense form ; past tense is required as it states something from 20th century now.

C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads. incorrect tense and singular "spreads" refer to plural anticedent "intrepretations"

D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading. incorrect tense form.

E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread. - CORRECT as it uses right tense form; usage of conditional + past tense is required.


Hi,
you seem to be correct when you write that past perfect tense is required.
however has is incorrect as 'have' is required.
therefore only B is left but ofcourse past perfect tense would have been better..
even the article A in A history of humanities may be not correct although it is in nonunderlined portion.. 'the' would be better.
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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from. - usage of which and from is wrong here.

B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread. incorrect tense form ; past tense is required as it states something from 20th century now.

C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads. incorrect tense and singular "spreads" refer to plural anticedent "intrepretations"

D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading. incorrect tense form.

E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread. - CORRECT as it uses right tense form; usage of conditional + past tense is required.


Hi,
you seem to be correct when you write that past perfect tense is required.
however has is incorrect as 'have' is required.
therefore only B is left but ofcourse past perfect tense would have been better..
even the article A in A history of humanities may be not correct although it is in nonunderlined portion.. 'the' would be better.


I would say the conditional tense is optional in this sentence and not required.

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In E, isn't the usage of "has spread" (present perfect) incorrect? The present has not been included in the sentence (which is limited by the phrase "in the 20th century"), therefore, present perfect cannot be used.

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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.
B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread.
C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads.
D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading.
E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread


Could anyone explain the meaning/structure of this sentence B in the whole context of the sentence?
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Semantically, first thing to note here is that cathedrals in the context do not refer to brick and mortar buildings of huge churches but allude metaphorically to styles of knowledge and intelligence. These styles can be written down one by one starting from the earliest to the last (as per the list). And from these styles, various explanations emanated and perpetuated.

Syntactically, there is a main sentence which is a simple sentence, followed by a modifier that defines the various ‘isms’ and then there is an another appositive modifier that adds more to the ‘isms ‘.

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FightToSurvive wrote:
A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from. - usage of which and from is wrong here.

B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread. incorrect tense form ; past tense is required as it states something from 20th century now.

C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads. incorrect tense and singular "spreads" refer to plural anticedent "intrepretations"

D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading. incorrect tense form.

E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread. - CORRECT as it uses right tense form; usage of conditional + past tense is required.



Plural Verb is required with Plural subject. Hence B is correct.

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A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in "isms" — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from.

A. grand intellectual cathedrals which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread from. - usage of which and from is wrong here.

B. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread. incorrect tense form ; past tense is required as it states something from 20th century now.

C. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spreads. incorrect tense and singular "spreads" refer to plural anticedent "intrepretations"

D. which are grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations for literature, politics and culture is spreading. incorrect tense form.

E. grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture has spread. - CORRECT as it uses right tense form; usage of conditional + past tense is required.



Plural Verb is required with Plural subject. Hence B is correct.



Hello,

Can you please tell me what is the subject and verb here ?
isnt subject is "A history" ?

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Interpretations <-> spread (S/V Agreement).
A) the sentence is awkwardly formed.
B) Only remaining choice with correct S/V agreement. Hence B.
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