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During the early 1890s, while at the same time a student, Willa Cather had written theater and music reviews that were often uncompromising in their criticisms.

A) During the early 1890s, while at the same time a student, Willa Cather had written
B) While a student in the early 1890s, Willa Cather wrote
C) Willa Cather had written, while as a student in the early 1890s,
D) Willa Cather wrote, as she was a student in the early 1890s,
E) While a student in the early 1890s, Willa Cather became known for her


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The original sentence has some problems:
-Use of "while" + "at the same time" is redundant.
-Use of past perfect "had written is not required since there is no sequence of events.

Pre-thinking:
In this question while is used to denote same-time events, so correct answer choice would be:
While Willa Carther was a student in the early 1890s, she wrote theatric and music reviews....

Whit my pre-thinking I tried to find an answer, and B was the best fit. However, the structure of this option is the following:
While + Noun modifier, + Clause:
While a student in the early 1890s, Willa Cather wrote theater and music reviews that were often uncompromising in their criticisms.

I know that the uses of while are the following:
1) Show that two events are happening at the same time: Ex. The phone rang while I was writing this post.
2) Denote a contrast. (although)

But when used for same-time events, Can we use "while" before a noun modifier or we need While + Clause1, clause2 as stated in my pre-thinking?
I got the right answer choice B, but just wanted to validate this grammar query.
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While reading the newspaper, I saw her. -- correct

While she was reading the newspaper, I saw her. -- correct

I never noticed a noun after "while". Is this usage correct in choice B?

"As" can be used for simultaneous actions.

As I was reading newspaper, I noticed her leaving the office -- correct

In choice D, Use of "As" is incorrect?
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AR15J wrote:
While reading the newspaper, I saw her. -- correct

While she was reading the newspaper, I saw her. -- correct

I never noticed a noun after "while". Is this usage correct in choice B?

"As" can be used for simultaneous actions.

As I was reading newspaper, I noticed her leaving the office -- correct

In choice D, Use of "As" is incorrect?


Option B is wrong. "While" ideally introduces a dependent clause.
I was playing while my mother was cooking.
"While" cannot introduce a noun.

Option D is wrong - the sentence uses "as" in the sense "because". "As" to indicate simultaneous actions should use action verbs; verb to be ("was") is not an action verb.
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sayantanc2k wrote:
AR15J wrote:
While reading the newspaper, I saw her. -- correct

While she was reading the newspaper, I saw her. -- correct

I never noticed a noun after "while". Is this usage correct in choice B?

"As" can be used for simultaneous actions.

As I was reading newspaper, I noticed her leaving the office -- correct

In choice D, Use of "As" is incorrect?


Option B is wrong. "While" ideally introduces a dependent clause.
I was playing while my mother was cooking.
"While" cannot introduce a noun.

Option D is wrong - the sentence uses "as" in the sense "because". "As" to indicate simultaneous actions should use action verbs; verb to be ("was") is not an action verb.



Thanks ! that means no choice is correct in this case?
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can anybody explain that the pronoun their is used for these two 'theater and music reviews' ?
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nks2611 wrote:
can anybody explain that the pronoun their is used for these two 'theater and music reviews' ?
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theater and music reviews that were often uncompromising in their criticisms.

Here "that" is modifying preceding noun "reviews" and is acting as the subject for the subsequent clause. Try replacing that with reviews and you get following clause - "reviews were often uncompromising in their criticisms."
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sayantanc2k wrote:
AR15J wrote:
While reading the newspaper, I saw her. -- correct

While she was reading the newspaper, I saw her. -- correct

I never noticed a noun after "while". Is this usage correct in choice B?

"As" can be used for simultaneous actions.

As I was reading newspaper, I noticed her leaving the office -- correct

In choice D, Use of "As" is incorrect?


Option B is wrong. "While" ideally introduces a dependent clause.
I was playing while my mother was cooking.
"While" cannot introduce a noun.

Option D is wrong - the sentence uses "as" in the sense "because". "As" to indicate simultaneous actions should use action verbs; verb to be ("was") is not an action verb.



Hello sayantanc2k,

Could you please help in identifying the correct answer for this question
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