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# Although somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read the cover

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15 Oct 2018, 05:15
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Although somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read the cover of the aging tome.

(A) Although somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read

(C) Although it had been somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read

(E) Damaged somewhat, the librarians were able to read

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15 Oct 2018, 05:23
(A) Although somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read-- Although somewhat modifies librarians

(C) Although it had been somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read --> corrects the error

(E) Damaged somewhat, the librarians were able to read --> same as A & B
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Bunuel wrote:
Although somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read the cover of the aging tome.

(A) Although somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read

(C) Although it had been somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read

(E) Damaged somewhat, the librarians were able to read

MANHATTAN REVIEW OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

Choices A, B and E all imply that it is the librarians that have been damaged. You need to insert a pronoun to correct the ambiguity which otherwise arises. The pronoun ‘it’, in the singular, correctly identifies the cover of the aging tome as being the thing that had been damaged. The cover had been damaged before the librarians read it. The use of the past perfect twice in D is therefore incorrect. The action which happened second, the reading, should be expressed using the simple past tense. C is the correct answer.
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16 Oct 2018, 05:46
Bunuel wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Although somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read the cover of the aging tome.

(A) Although somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read

(C) Although it had been somewhat damaged, the librarians were able to read

(E) Damaged somewhat, the librarians were able to read

MANHATTAN REVIEW OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

Choices A, B and E all imply that it is the librarians that have been damaged. You need to insert a pronoun to correct the ambiguity which otherwise arises. The pronoun ‘it’, in the singular, correctly identifies the cover of the aging tome as being the thing that had been damaged. The cover had been damaged before the librarians read it. The use of the past perfect twice in D is therefore incorrect. The action which happened second, the reading, should be expressed using the simple past tense. C is the correct answer.

We are Joining two clauses here without a FANBOYS conjunction. Are we just trying to choose the least problematic out of the answers?
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