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# Bringing Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all

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Bringing Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(A) Bringing Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(B) That which brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and lecturing around the world.

(C) What brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house was help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(D) What brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(E) Financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house and he also toured around the world lecturing.

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27 Dec 2017, 11:22
Hi,
Answer is C since it sounds grammatically correct.
For more understanding, check out this link for a detailed explanation of this question's answer -
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27 Dec 2017, 12:43
Between C and D. Picked D because I wasn’t paying attention, but C is the correct answer because C has the singular subject “help”, which matches with the singular verb “was”.

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30 Dec 2017, 23:22
Please explain why "D" is incorrect I am still convinced that it should be "were"
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01 Jan 2018, 22:58
imyuva wrote:
Bringing Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(A) Bringing Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(B) That which brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and lecturing around the world.

(C) What brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house was help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(D) [highlight]What brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(E) Financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house and he also toured around the world lecturing.

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I think as two subject are attached by conjunction like "and", the verb should be plural. Answer should be "D"
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imyuva wrote:
Bringing Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(A) Bringing Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(B) That which brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and lecturing around the world.

(C) What brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house was help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(D) [highlight]What brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(E) Financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house and he also toured around the world lecturing.

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I think as two subject are attached by conjunction like "and", the verb should be plural. Answer should be "D"

Thank you for pointing out, but you are not completely correct - two OBJECTS are joined with "and", not two subjects.

The subject is "What brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house". This is an example of a nominal clause used as a subject. However this nominal clause is plural because it refers to two objects ("help" and "tour"). Hence the verb must be plural (as you mentioned).

OA changed to D.
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02 Jan 2018, 13:59
Inverting the original sentence clearly shows a plural subject as two action doers are joined by conjunction 'and'.

Hence, this sentence takes a plural verb.

So, correct answer is choice D
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05 Feb 2018, 00:18
The question stem doesn't mention any help from the financier friend. However, the correct answer does. Does that not change the meaning of the sentence ?

Also, please guide whether to agree "was/were" with the subject "what" or with the objects "tour" and "help".
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16 May 2018, 06:28
Hi,

Can you please suggest on the OA for this question.

According to Experts Global the OA is C.

But I think the OA should be D.

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Experts please throw some light here. were is plural and agrees with the plural subject ( financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour).

imyuva wrote:
Bringing Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(A) Bringing Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(B) That which brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and lecturing around the world.

(C) What brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house was help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(D) What brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

(E) Financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house and he also toured around the world lecturing.

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16 May 2018, 06:59

D)
What brought Mark Twain out from his financial troubles after losing all his investments in his publishing house were help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour.

Plural verb agrees with plural subject.
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Hi,

Can you please suggest on the OA for this question.

According to Experts Global the OA is C.

But I think the OA should be D.

Experts please throw some light here. were is plural and agrees with the plural subject ( financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour).

As confirmed by our Verbal Expert sayantanc2k , OA answer has to be D. You are joining two objects using "and", hence using "was" in option C is incorrect.

Does that make sense?
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Hi @Experts' Global, please change the OA in the mocks to D. It still says C is the OA.
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19 May 2019, 08:35
I just took a mock and expert global OA still says it is C.
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11 Jun 2019, 03:47
'help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour'

Shouldn't both these parts be in parallel?
Can someone explain.
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11 Jun 2019, 04:41
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'help from financier friend Henry Huttleston Rogers and an around-the-world lecture tour'

Shouldn't both these parts be in parallel?
Can someone explain.

Hi jonmat123456,
Help from financier friend.... AND around-the-world lecture tour are parallel.
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11 Jun 2019, 06:26
I think you guys are misinterpreting the intended meaning...
The author mentions that Mark Twain got out of his troubles because
1) Help from his friend
2) The world tour
Here, I think help should be preceded only by was since the help was only given by his friend..not the world tour ( he did not get help from the world tour)
IMO C
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12 Jun 2019, 04:01
What got mark Twain out was help from x and y- means x and y helped him, and he got out because of the HELP. His financier friend may have helped him, but the tour did not.

The intended meaning of the sentence is: what got mark Twain out were help from x and the tour. Two separate things. Not just help from two entities.

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