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Before the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, along with other former slaves and white abolitionists, helped create what had become known as the Underground Railroad, and were responsible for leading hundreds, if not thousands, of slaves to freedom.
1.had become known as the Underground Railroad, and were
2.would become known as the Underground Railroad, and were
3.had become known as the Underground Railroad, and was
4.has been becoming known as the Underground Railroad, and was
5.would become known as the Underground Railroad, and was
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30 May 2010, 08:43
IMO ... C.

Maintaining tense the choice must start with "had" and should end with "was" (Harriet Tubman was responsible).
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30 May 2010, 09:05
its Clear C....

Before the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, along with other former slaves and white abolitionists, helped create what had become known as the Underground Railroad, and was responsible for leading hundreds, if not thousands, of slaves to freedom.
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30 May 2010, 09:17
I pick E. Why is 'had' needed in C?
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30 May 2010, 09:21
I would also go with E.

Harriet Tubman helped create what would become known as the Underground Railroad.
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30 May 2010, 17:42
I would go with E also. Option C is wrong because Trubman helped to create that railroad, and it would become known by that name later. Option C implies that that railroad existed before Trubman started helping to create it.
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01 Jun 2010, 07:44
The OA is E.

The original sentence contains two flaws. First, "what had become known as the Underground Railroad" is incorrectly in the past perfect tense ("had become"). The past perfect is used to describe a past event that occurred before another past event. In this case, however, the "Underground Railroad" did not become known as such (or known as anything at all) until after it was created, and there is no past action that occurs afterward that would justify the use of the past perfect tense. Second, the subject of the sentence is "Harriet Tubman" only; phrases such as "along with," "accompanied by," and "as well as" do not create plural subjects (only "and" allows for the formation of a plural subject). Yet, the verb used in the original sentence is "were," which suggests a plural subject. Instead, the correct verb form "was" is necessary in order to agree with the singular subject "Harriet Tubman."

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice corrects the verb tense by replacing the past perfect with the conditional "would become known" (used to express the future from the point of view of the past: "I said yesterday that I would go to the store today.") However, it does not correct the subject-verb agreement problem (retaining "were").

(C) This choice does not correct the verb tense issue, retaining the incorrect past perfect tense. It does correct the subject-verb agreement by replacing "were" with "was."

(D) This choice uses the incorrect and awkward verb phrase "has been becoming," which incorrectly suggests that the labeling of the Underground Railroad continues to the present day. However, it does correct the subject-verb agreement by replacing "were" with "was."

(E) CORRECT. This choice corrects the verb tense by replacing "had become" with "would become." Moreover, it corrects the subject-verb agreement issue by replacing "were" with "was."
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I would like to add the following text for choices C, D and E

The question is one of relative time. Which happened first, (a) she helped create the railroad, or (b) it became known as ... ?
Creating came first. It could not have become known as something BEFORE it was created. E makes this clear.

C falsely implies the reverse order.

D falsely implies that they occurred at the same time.

"Would" can be used in passive form to indicate "Future in the Past" forms.

There is no problem with "would" here: it conveys that the action occurs after the main action (creating) and before the present.
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05 Jun 2010, 00:50
+1 for E

Use "would" if the event is in past and talking about the outcome in the future.

D : sequence of events is wrong.

t1 : HT helped create
t2 : it later became known as Underground Railroad

t1 happened before t2 on time line. D says the other way round.

E fixes all of this.
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09 Oct 2013, 04:06
Prax wrote:
Before the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, along with other former slaves and white abolitionists, helped create what had become known as the Underground Railroad, and were responsible for leading hundreds, if not thousands, of slaves to freedom.
1.had become known as the Underground Railroad, and were
2.would become known as the Underground Railroad, and were
3.had become known as the Underground Railroad, and was
4.has been becoming known as the Underground Railroad, and was
5.would become known as the Underground Railroad, and was

Can some one please help me with the meaning of this line " helped create what had become known as the Underground Railroad,".

What does "had become known as XYZ" means ????

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