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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 [#permalink]

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19 Jul 2007, 15:07
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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
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19 Jul 2007, 17:09
I would agree with C. Correct use is was rather than were.
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08 Jan 2008, 13:45
it is a modifier problem test, C is grammatically correct
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09 Jun 2008, 11:23

If I change "were" to "was" in A . which one is better (A or C)?

A) A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were published,
(C) A letter by Mark Twain, written in the same year that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published,
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09 Jun 2008, 15:45
IMO its C

Suresh,

If we replace was with were i will still go with C. Because in that case also A will mean as if the letter was published as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published (i.e. both were published together).

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29 Sep 2008, 09:18
guys - thought that gmat prefers active voice...in that case refering to the "by mark twain part" D and E would be left. can someone tell me why this rule does not apply to this sentence?

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29 Sep 2008, 19:50
domleon wrote:
guys - thought that gmat prefers active voice...in that case refering to the "by mark twain part" D and E would be left. can someone tell me why this rule does not apply to this sentence?

many thanks

D & E are clearly wrong because they change the meaning. Both sound as if the TAOHBF reveal what MT did and not the letter.

A & B are wrong because of "were" and "publication as"
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