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After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”
(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached
(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching
(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached
(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached
(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached

Not sure about the use of 'he had reached'.. Pls explain the choice you make..
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After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”
(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached
had reached is wrong when you compare the same with asked

(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching
On being is not correct... even reaching is wrong..

(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached
then he reached is wrong..... then isn't required.

(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached
Correct - verbs are correct and no pronoun error is sited.

(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached
had asked and had reached make no sense together.... we need to have a sequence correction here
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16 Aug 2009, 13:39
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After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”
(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached
(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching
(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached
(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached
(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached

Not sure about the use of 'he had reached'.. Pls explain the choice you make..

D

"he had reached" - pronoun error
A, C, E - out

B - reaching & being - out
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16 Aug 2009, 20:48
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abhi758 wrote:
After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”
(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached
(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching
(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached
(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached
(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached

Not sure about the use of 'he had reached'.. Pls explain the choice you make..

D

"he had reached" - pronoun error
A, C, E - out

B - reaching & being - out

What is pronoun error in A , E or C ? do you mean tense error in A and E

I rejected C because usage of then looks incorrect to me

Agree with D
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17 Aug 2009, 01:04
D seems concise and elegant. ...with no awkward constructions ...

hence i choose D.
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17 Aug 2009, 03:28
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pm4553 wrote:
abhi758 wrote:
After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”
(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached
(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching
(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached
(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached
(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached

Not sure about the use of 'he had reached'.. Pls explain the choice you make..

D

"he had reached" - pronoun error
A, C, E - out

B - reaching & being - out

What is pronoun error in A , E or C ? do you mean tense error in A and E

I rejected C because usage of then looks incorrect to me

Agree with D

You're right - tense error. I must have been too sleepy, while solving this.
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01 Sep 2009, 11:17
D looks the best but Shouldn't we be using a past perfect construction? Looks like there is a sequence
- Queen asked Columbus to describe
-Columbus described after the request

What say Guys ?
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02 Sep 2009, 13:13
D for me too.

newly discovered better and concise than which was newly discovered
In the original sentence - After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus...........he had reached , this sentence implies that had reached occured after asked. It would be better if written as Before Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus...........he had reached
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17 Sep 2009, 03:40
Shouldn't we avoid passive tense. Isn't the choice D passive.
"When asked BY Queen Isabella to describe ........"
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25 Oct 2009, 00:36
what's wrong in A...is'nt D passive??
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25 Oct 2009, 08:21
As mentioned by getmba

newly discovered better and concise than which was newly discovered
In the original sentence - After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus...........he had reached , this sentence implies that had reached occured after asked. It would be better if written as Before Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus...........he had reached

Is a perfect reply. D for me too.
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After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”
(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached
(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching
(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached
(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached
(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached

Not sure about the use of 'he had reached'.. Pls explain the choice you make..

D for me

A and E : "he had reached" occurs after "Queen Isabella asked"; thus, the past perfect distorts the sequence
B - run on sentence and not parallel. reaching, crumpled it, and said
C - then cannot be a conjunction.
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After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”

(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached
(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching
(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached
(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached
(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached

IMO D.

A> he had reached past perfect is not required
B> on being asked and reaching - is not the right construction
C> Close but indiative of a sequential activity
D> When asked by the queen, the admiral reached for a paper.... - Correct
E> after queen had asked, he had reached - improper tenses used.
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11 Apr 2010, 00:34
To whoever asked aout D being too passive - would be if it said "had reached"

Agree, D.
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After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”
(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached
(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching
(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached
(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached
(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached

Not sure about the use of 'he had reached'.. Pls explain the choice you make..
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23 Jul 2010, 09:23
(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached

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23 Jul 2010, 09:43
I was opting for E .. But having looked at the responses from you guys I feel E isn't the best choice because of having the two past perfect tenses. But isn't option D passive? I understand that options with passive voice can be an ans, but that was the main reason that stopped me from choosing D.
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24 Jul 2010, 16:38
D for me. reasons already explained above.
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29 Nov 2010, 11:19
shudn't D be using past perfect tense since we have a sequence of two past verbs here .
I also thought that the admiral's description of island is more apt for the discovery of island as mentioned in E.
Had there been no "he had" in E , I would have gone for it . But can sm1 please clarify D.
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21 Dec 2010, 09:07
D for me. I thought for B for a moment but reaching was wrong. So for me its D.
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