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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professor of Modern Languages at Harv

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professor of Modern Languages at Harvard, at the same time also one of America’s greatest poets.

(A) Harvard, at the same time also one of America’s greatest poets.
(B) Harvard, and at the same time was also one of America’s greatest poets.
(C) Harvard, at the same time as he was one of America’s greatest poets.
(D) Harvard, at the same time that he had been one of America’s greatest poets.
(E) Harvard, being one of America’s greatest poets at the same time.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professor of Modern Languages at Harvard, at the same time also one of America’s greatest poets.

(A) Harvard, at the same time also one of America’s greatest poets.
(B) Harvard, and at the same time was also one of America’s greatest poets.
(C) Harvard, at the same time as he was one of America’s greatest poets.
(D) Harvard, at the same time that he had been one of America’s greatest poets.
(E) Harvard, being one of America’s greatest poets at the same time.

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The two parts of the sentence separated by comma need a coordinating conjunction "and" and a simple past tense verb "was" because the first part of the sentence is in simple past tense.
only Option B meets rectifies the error.
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professor of Modern Languages at [u]Harvard, at the same time also one of America’s greatest poets.

(B) Harvard, and at the same time was also one of America’s greatest poets.

(E) Harvard, being one of America’s greatest poets at the same time.


I believe that in B "at the same time was also" would be redundant on GMAT?
Can someone tell why E is wrong? As for mee it modifies the entire clause
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professor of Modern Languages at [u]Harvard, at the same time also one of America’s greatest poets.

(B) Harvard, and at the same time was also one of America’s greatest poets.

(E) Harvard, being one of America’s greatest poets at the same time.


I believe that in B "at the same time was also" would be redundant on GMAT?
Can someone tell why E is wrong? As for mee it modifies the entire clause


Hey Hero8888 ,

No, "at the same time was also" isn't making redundancy error. Infact, it is required.

Let's discuss a couple of versions:

1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professor of Modern Languages at Harvard, and at the same time was one of America’s greatest poets.

This tells us two qualities of Henry that happened at the same time.

2. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professor of Modern Languages at Harvard, and was also one of America’s greatest poets.

This doesn't tell us the two things happened at the same time.

3. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professor of Modern Languages at Harvard, and at the same time was also one of America’s greatest poets.

This tells us two qualities of Henry that happened at the same time. By using also, it is emphasizing that he was not only a professor but also a poet. So, there is a slight difference in the meaning. Also, since this construction has been used in the correct answer and we have solid reasons to reject other options, we can consider this construction correct.

For option E, yes "being" part is modifying the entire clause.

Does that make sense?
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