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Historians have long debated whether the spectacular rise and fall of Napoleon in the decades after the French Revolution was the necessary outcome of the political vacuum having been created by the toppled monarchy.


A. was the necessary outcome of the political vacuum having been created by the toppled monarchy
B. was the necessary outcome of the political vacuum created by toppling the monarchy
C. were the necessary outcome of the political vacuum that the toppled monarchy created
D. was the necessary outcome of the political vacuum created from toppling the monarchy
E. were the necessary outcome of the political vacuum created by the toppling of the monarchy

Originally posted by ninadk on 06 Jun 2006, 16:40.
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OA is E.


The original sentence contains a subject-verb problem: "the spectacular rise and fall of Napoleon" is a plural noun, but the corresponding verb "was" is singular. Moreover, "having been created" is unnecessarily complex. "Created by" would have been sufficient. Finally, it is not the "toppled monarchy" that created the vacuum but rather the fact that the monarchy was toppled.
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I am really confused here, and this discussion is making everything more blurry.

Can anyone please help here. My doubt is:

first it is rise then it is fall. it cant be one even , it have to be two events. if you say A and b it sounds plural. so subject is plural. 'were' is needed.

'created by' is correct idiom. so probably E, still not sure.
lets see the meaning of both parts.
toppled monarchy created the vacuum or toppling of the monarchy created the vacuum.
Not sure here E seems better though. some one please help.
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The correct answer is E. The original sentence contains a subject-verb problem: "the spectacular rise and fall of Napoleon" is a plural noun, but the corresponding verb "was" is singular. Moreover, "having been created" is unnecessarily complex. "Created by" would have been sufficient. Finally, it is not the "toppled monarchy" that created the vacuum but rather the fact that the monarchy was toppled. Choice A repeats the original sentence. Incorrect. Choice B does not correct the subject-verb problem. Incorrect. Choice C corrects the subject-verb problem but not the "toppled monarchy" issue. Incorrect. Choice D does not correct the subject-verb issue. Incorrect. Choice E corrects all the problems without creating any new ones. Correct.
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isnt, necessary outcomes ( plural form) required?
rise and fall were necessary outcomes....
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New post 13 Apr 2019, 05:38
"Rise and Fall" is a compound subject and hence requires a plural verb.
So, it's C vs E

C. were the necessary outcome of the political vacuum that the toppled monarchy created:
that the toppled monarchy created changes the meaning by implying that toppled monarchy is the doer of the action- rise and fall of Napoleon.

E. were the necessary outcome of the political vacuum created by the toppling of the monarchy:
created by the toppling of the monarchy is the correct version as the toppling of monarchy is the cause that led to the rise and fall of Napoleon in the decades after the French Revolution.
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