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After the Civil War, contemporaries of Harriet Tubmans

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After the Civil War, contemporaries of Harriet Tubman’s maintained that she has all of the qualities of a greater leader: coolness in the face of danger, an excellent sense of strategy, and an ability to plan in minute detail.

(A) Tubman’s maintained that she has
(B) Tubman’s maintained that she had
(C) Tubman’s have maintained that she had
(D) Tubman maintained that she had
(E) Tubman had maintained that she has


After the Civil War, contemporaries of Harriet Tubman maintained that she had all of the qualities of a greater leader: coolness in the face of danger, an excellent sense of strategy, and an ability to plan in minute detail.

Correct aswer must be (D) for the highlighted errors in the other options....

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After the Civil War, contemporaries of Harriet Tubman’s maintained that she has all of the qualities of a great leader: coolness in the face of danger, an excellent sense of strategy, and an ability to plan in minute detail.

(A) Tubman’s maintained that she has - usage of contemporaries of Harriet Tubman's is incorrect ; Harriet Tubman's contemporaries or contemporaries of Harriet Tubman is correct
(B) Tubman’s maintain that she had - same as A
(C) Tubman’s have maintained that she had - same as A
(D) Tubman maintained that she had - Correct
(E) Tubman had maintained that she has - usage of past perfect had maintained is incorrect

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Hi rakesh22,

Thank you for your question. To tackle this question, let's look at the two main differences between each answer:

1. Tubman's / Tubman
2. she had / she has

If we start by looking at how each answer begins, we see that there is a difference between Tubman's / Tubman. By saying "contemporaries of Harriet Tubman's," it means that these are contemporaries of something Tubman owns or has - not Tubman herself. Therefore, we can rule out answers A, B, & C because the extra 's changes the meaning.

Now that we have it narrowed down to two possible answers, let's look at how they stack up to #2 on our list:

(D) Tubman maintained that she had
This is the CORRECT answer because it uses the past tense "she had," which indicates that she died, which is true.

(E) Tubman had maintained that she has
This is INCORRECT because it uses the present tense "she has," which indicates that Harriet Tubman is still alive somehow. She is not, so using present tense doesn't make logical sense.
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