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# A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year as The

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A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were published, reveals that Twain provided financial assistance to one of the first Black students at Yale Law School.
(A) A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were published,
(B) A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year of publication as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,
(C) A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published,
(D) Mark Twain wrote a letter in the same year as he published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that
(E) Mark Twain wrote a letter in the same year of publication as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that

What's wrong with "D", which seems to be active voice?
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30 Mar 2007, 06:16
(D) Mark Twain wrote a letter in the same year as he published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that

The main problem with D here is that the sentence does NOT secifically tell if Twain published the adventures of huckleberry finn. It's only showing similarity in the year of publication of the letter and the Adventures book or whatever it is. Also, "that" at the end of answer D indicates that the adventures of bucklebbery Finn is what "reveals", not the letter. This is incorrect and thus choice D alters the meaning.
The same problem with E

Now, the reason why C and favored over A is that A indicates that the adventures were published, which is incorrect. The book titled with "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is what was publish. Therefore, there is a subject-verb-agreement error. "was" should be used instead of "were". Furthermore, the clearity of meaning is better in C for the use of "in the same year that" because that refers to the year and correctly expresses the meaning.

Our winner:
(C) A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published,
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30 Mar 2007, 07:52
A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were published, reveals that Twain provided financial assistance to one of the first Black students at Yale Law School.
(A) A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were published,
(B) A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year of publication as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,
(C) A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published,--Correct
(D) Mark Twain wrote a letter in the same year as he published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that--What does "that" refer to: letter or book?
(E) Mark Twain wrote a letter in the same year of publication as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that
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30 Jun 2007, 21:34
Mishari wrote:
(D) Mark Twain wrote a letter in the same year as he published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that

The main problem with D here is that the sentence does NOT specifically tell if Twain published the adventures of huckleberry finn.
It's only showing similarity in the year of publication of the letter and the Adventures book or whatever it is. Also, "that" at the end of answer D indicates that the adventures of bucklebbery Finn is what "reveals", not the letter. This is incorrect and thus choice D alters the meaning.
The same problem with E

Our winner:
(C) A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published,

That is NOT the main problem with D. The green part is the reason why D is wrong.
30 Jun 2007, 21:34
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