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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940

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The most important part of the sentence is its non-underlined part:

Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940...

Next we are going to describe a two-decade period between 1920 and 1940. If we describe this period with a period when, then we will mean that Agatha Christie wrote her best works at some point between 1920 and 1940, let’s say in 1925. A period when will refer to this exact year 1925, and mean that some of her best works were written not periodically during two decades, but exactly in 1925 (or at any other certain time point). Not the intended meaning.

If we describe a two-decade period between 1920 and 1940 with a period during which, then we mean that some of her best works were written during this two decades, let’s say one of them in 1924, the second one in 1932, the third one in 1937, etc. That’s the reason why the author points out to the time period between 1920 and 1940. In order to deliver the correct meaning we prefer a period during which to a period when.

With that in mind let’s analyze answer choices.

A. between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written

We have already thoroughly analyzed why this answer choice doesn’t deliver the intended meaning.

B. between 1920 and 1940, in which many successful light-hearted whodunits were written

Which must refer to a noun, but between 1920 and 1940 is an adverb modifying a verb wrote. Thus which doesn’t correctly modify a time period.

C. between 1920 and 1940, during which many successful light-hearted whodunits were written

Which must refer to a noun, but between 1920 and 1940 is an adverb modifying a verb wrote. Thus which doesn’t correctly modify a time period.

D. between 1920 and 1940, when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written

As in A, when doesn’t correctly emphasize a two-decade time period, but it refers to a certain point in that period. Not-intended meaning.

E. between 1920 and 1940, a period during which many successful light-hearted whodunits were written

As we have already discussed above a period during which conveys the intended meaning.

Hence E.
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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when
Use of when is incorrect since it is a period and not a specific time.
B. in which
Use of in which is incorrect since it is a period and not a specific time.
C. during which
during which is incorrect since it is not clear whether if refers to "1940" or "between1920 and 1940"
D. when
Use of when is incorrect since it is a period and not a specific time.
E. a period during which
Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period during which many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.
The sentence is correct and unambiguous.

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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when
B. in which
C. during which
D. when
E. a period during which


Here the underlined part, after the comma should modify the period between 1920 and 1940.

A. a period when : here the noun +noun modifier is incorrectly used because of the word when.
B. in which : this is incorrect modifier as it does not modify the period
C. during which : this is a verb modifier modifying wrote, hence there can be a meaning error.
D. when :same as A incorrect use of when.
E. a period during which :Correct as 'a period' is a noun modifying '1920 and 1940' and during which correctly modifies the period.

Hence option E
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IMO- E

Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

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Note 1- As per the intended meaning of the sentence, Second portion after comma should act as a modifier modifying the duration between 1920-1940.
Note 2- "between 1920 and 1940"- Specify a period
Note 3- "During" Vs "In"
* "During" indicates a period or range of time (having duration) and is used to say that something happened. "throughout this time" or "sometime within this time".
* After a verb that focuses on an activity, "during" is used to indicate a period or range of time for the activity. The meaning of the verb expresses a durative action or state.

* "When" is used to mention about an activity which takes place ‘during a specific period of time’ i.e. to connect two events happening at the same time.
* When is used to say a longer action which was interrupted by a shorter action.

* "In" specifies when an activity occurs/occurred, the timing of the activity—part of day, month, season, year
* After a verb that focuses on an activity, "in" sounds awkward when indicating a period or range of time for the activity.
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A. a period when ----Incorrect---- With use of "when" (as stated above) the essence of continuity or "throughout the time is lost.

B. in which----Incorrect----In referring to what is ambiguous - whether 1940 or the interval between 1920 and 1940. Use of "In" to indicate a period or range of time is incorrect. "In" used when timing of activity is to be specified, but as per passage light-hearted whodunits were written throughout the passage of time between 1920 & 1940.Sense of continuity is lost in this.

C. during which ----Incorrect-------Use of during after comma no longer seems to modify duration "between 1920 and 1940". Intended meaning is lost. Also by dropping a period it become ambiguous whether the second action took place between 1920 and 1940 or throughout the year 1940 only.

D. when---Incorrect--------when referring to what is ambiguous - whether 1940 or the interval between 1920 and 1940. Also, both action , Agatha Christie wrote & light-hearted whodunits were written, are taking place at the same time. One action is not interrupted by the other. so use of when is incorrect.

E. a period during which-------Correct----------"A period" clearly refers to duration between 1920 and 1940. Use of "during" depicts the essence of continuity of both the action simultaneously.noun+noun modifier)

Originally posted by MayankSingh on 19 Jul 2019, 12:24.
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Error Analysis: Because a time period is being referred and not not a specific date/time, it is appropriate to use "in which" rather than "when". "a period+in which" acts as a noun+noun modifier modifying the preceding clause.

A.a period when -Incorrect, for the reasons stated in the Error Analysis
B. in which - Incorrect, 'which' doesn't have an appropriate referant
C. during which- Incorrect, 'which' doesn't have an appropriate referant
D. when- Incorrect, just as (A)
E. a period during which -Correct, adding 'during' in place of 'in' is same.

Ans: E
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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when
When is used for specific time here its for the duration. Incorrect

B. in which
We can not say in which for time. During is better than this option. Incorrect

C. during which
Makes sense. During that period, which is specifying. But E makes more sense.

D. when
Only when is incorrect.

E. a period during which
It is specifying that was a period during which something happened.
Correct.

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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

The portion a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written. is trying to modify the time period between 1920 and 1940. Answer choices which refer to a specific time cannot convey the right meaning.

A. a period when - INCORRECT
when here tries to refer to a point in time rather than the complete period concerned.

B. in which - INCORRECT
in which doesn't refer to the period.

C. during which - INCORRECT
during is the preposition and should refer to a period as in during this hour or during this era, it needs period definer

D. when - INCORRECT
when should refer to a point in time and there isn't one

E. a period during which - CORRECT
here 'a period during which' clearly refers to the period between 1920 and 1940
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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, [a period when] many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when —> incorrect as “when” should refer to a specific point of time.
B. in which —> incorrect as “in which” refers to abstract situations such as condition, situation,... not time
C. during which —> incorrect same as above, besides,
D. when —> incorrect as using when here is ambiguous because we are not sure what year “when” refers to.
E. a period during which —> correct as “which” properly modifies “a period”, which refers to the time between 1920 and 1940.

So answer is E

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The difference between choices is so subtle that if we do not go literal and precise about meaning, we will be in trouble. Let's try our best


A. a period when - generally, we use "when" to refer to a specific point of time. In other words Aghata wrote her books at certain specific point and not during 20 years. Not intended meaning. A is gone
B. in which - "which" must refer to noun but there is no noun close by. Thus, this option is wrong
C. during which - again, "which" has to refer to noun, but no none is placed anywhere close by. Wrong
D. when - as in A, when must refer to certain period of time, but meaning wants to convey that Aghata wrote book during 20 years, not at one certain point. Eliminate
E. a period during which - perfect, here we have "which" that refers to period (20 years) and "during" that refers to that period during which she wrote her books. Meaning and grammar are correct here.
Answer is E.
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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when - When can't modify a period.
B. in which - in which only modifies 1940
C. during which - same issue as in B
D. when - when modifies only 1940 and not the period.

E. a period during which - Correct
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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when
"when" is used incorrectly to refer to the long period of time................Can be eliminated.

B. in which
"which" incorrectly refers to 1940(closest to which)................Can be eliminated.

C. during which
"which" incorrectly refers to 1940(closest to which)................Can be eliminated.

D. when
"when" is referring to 1940 (closest to when).....................Can be eliminated.

E. a period during which
This option correctly refers to "Between 1920 and 1940" as "a period" and "which" refers to this period....................Correct choice.


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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when --> Incorrect. Pronoun error. Incorrect pronoun used here. Correct pronoun to be used is 'which'.

B. in which --> Incorrect. Pronoun error. Unclear to which noun the relative pronoun 'which' is referring here.

C. during which --> Incorrect. Pronoun error. Unclear to which noun the relative pronoun 'which' is referring here.

D. when --> Incorrect. Pronoun error. Unclear to which noun the relative pronoun 'which' is referring here.

E. a period during which --> Correct. All the pronoun errors from above are corrected here.
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A. a period when
when refers to a particular time not the entire duration

B. in which
in which (can be used in place of when to refer to a particular time) cant refer to the entire duration

C. during which
during is a preposition we don't use a preposition to describe an action
we need to construct a clause with proper noun and verb

D. when
wrong cant refer to the entire duration

E. a period during which
yes this answer choice is correct this is acting as appossitive (noun+noun modifier) (CORRECT)
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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when {'When' or 'in which' refers to specific time, but in question time period is given} Out!!
B. in which {'When' or 'in which' refers to specific time, but in question time period is given} Out!!
C. during which { which can refers to 1920 and 1940, or only 1940. Hence there is ambiguity} Out!!
D. when {'When' or 'in which' refers to specific time, but in question time period is given} Out!!
E. a period during which..... Correct

IMO E
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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

As per the meaning, Agatha Christie wrote some on the books between 1920 & 1940, This was the during which many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when-Incorrect. This refers to one particular time frame, but we have a range of time frame which is between 1920 & 1940 .
B. in which- Incorrect"in which" is an incorrect modifier, we need a modifier which will modify the entire clause
C. during which -Incorrect. Same as explained in B
D. when- Incorrect. when does not modify the entire period.
E. a period during which- Correct. This gives us additional information about the preceding clause and also specifies the range using "during"

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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when-out, when should modify time not period.
B. in which-out, as which doesn't modify time.
C. during which-out, same as B
D. when-out, used as relative pronoun not modifier.
E. a period during which-correct, "which" accurately modify "a period"

So, the correct answer choice is (E)
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Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when
B. in which
C. during which
D. when
E. a period during which

Analysis:


Agatha Christie wrote some of her bet work between 1920 and 1950and during this period many successful light hearted whodunits were written.

Now 1920 to 1940 is a time frame hence its a period.n during this period successful light hearted whodnuts were written.

A. a period when.Incorrect.As between 1920 and 1950 is a period ( a stretch ) and not a point of time hence when is wrong.
B. in which.Incorrect. in which is totally irrelevant.
C. during which .Incorrect.during which just denote the time stretch but doesn't specify the period.
D. when.Incorrect .when denotes a particular point of time period.

E. a period during which.Correct .a period correctly refers to the time stretch of 1920 to 1940 and during which defines this duration

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almost an identical question

https://gmatclub.com/forum/tom-bradley- ... 82416.html

people could use those discussion also for clarity. almost both are same .

Tom Bradley was mayor of Los Angeles from 1973 to 1993, an era when the city had
transformed from a collection of suburban neighborhoods to the second-largest city in
the United States
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A. an era when the city had transformed.
B. an era during which the city was transformed.
C. an era that transformed it.
D. during which era the city transformed.
E. during which the city was transformed


2. my doubt is

whether the following sentence is correct if the sentence is modified as follows,

Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works in 1940, during which many successful light-hearted whodunits were written
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IMO answer is C:

A,B and D are incomplete sentences as far as I can see.
out of C and E, E has redundancy, a period during which is same as during which
so C imo

Agatha Christie wrote some of her best works between 1920 and 1940, a period when many successful light-hearted whodunits were written.

A. a period when
B. in which
C. during which
D. when
E. a period during which
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Here Modifier has to modify between 1920&1940. So using noun phrase Modifier should be good. So 'period' to refer it. B/w A &E, since we're discussing abt works published during that period, 'during which' is the right idiom.

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