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James Joyce wrote the novel Ulysses through the teens and published it

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James Joyce wrote the novel Ulysses through the teens and published it in 1922, although in 1906, when he was finishing the short story collection Dubliners, he had considered the addition of another story about the canvasser Bloom, who was Jewish and who later was the title Ulysses character.

(A) he had considered the addition of another story about the canvasser Bloom, who was Jewish and who later was the title Ulysses character.

(B) he had been considering that he add an additional extra story, the Jewish canvasser Bloom, and to later make him the Ulysses' title character.

(C) considering the inclusion of the story of Bloom, the Jewish canvasser who would become the Ulysses title character later

(D) he considered including another story about the Jewish canvasser Bloom, who later would be the title character of the Ulysses

(E) he considered adding the Jewish canvasser Bloom’s story, and Bloom later would have become the Ulysses title character


A question of mine that mentions my favorite author and favorite novel. Among other issues, this explores the use of the past perfect tense. When is this tense necessary? permitted? redundant? For a discussion of these tricky questions, as well as a full OE for this question, see this blog:
Past Perfect on GMAT Sentence Correction

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James Joyce wrote the novel Ulysses through the teens and published it in 1922, although in 1906, when he was finishing the short story collection Dubliners, he had considered the addition of another story about the canvasser Bloom, who was Jewish and who later was the title Ulysses character.

(A) he had considered the addition of another story about the canvasser Bloom, who was Jewish and who later was the title Ulysses character.

(B) he had been considering that he add an additional extra story, the Jewish canvasser Bloom, and to later make him the Ulysses' title character.

(C) considering the inclusion of the story of Bloom, the Jewish canvasser who would become the Ulysses title character later

(D) he considered including another story about the Jewish canvasser Bloom, who later would be the title character of the Ulysses

(E) he considered adding the Jewish canvasser Bloom’s story, and Bloom later would have become the Ulysses title character


A question of mine that mentions my favorite author and favorite novel. Among other issues, this explores the use of the past perfect tense. When is this tense necessary? permitted? redundant? For a discussion of these tricky questions, as well as a full OE for this question, see this blog:
Past Perfect on GMAT Sentence Correction

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Eliminate A and B: two events are not in sequence so no need to use had+been
Eliminate C: verb-ing modifier incorrectly modifies Dubliners

Eliminate E: incorrect parallelism .., and Bloom

the correct answer is D
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Two events not are in sync and Clear time frame is given so simple past tense, directing to D and E
E is not parallel. SO D is the answer.
One more thing to which I am not 100% sure about E. E does not have verb for 'he", but not sure if "Although structure" permits noun and noun phrase.
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Two events not are in sync and Clear time frame is given so simple past tense, directing to D and E
E is not parallel. SO D is the answer.
One more thing to which I am not 100% sure about E. E does not have verb for 'he", but not sure if "Although structure" permits noun and noun phrase.
Please confirm.

Dear sudhirmadaan,
I'm happy to respond. :-) I am not sure what you mean when you say that "(E) does not have a verb for 'he'." The word "considered" is a fully-fledged past tense verb. The subordinate conjunction "although," like any other, always requires a full [noun] + [verb] structure.
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Dear friend, mikemcgarry
mikemcgarry wrote:
The subordinate conjunction "although," like any other, always requires a full [noun] + [verb] structure.
Mike :-)

Does subordinate conjunction always require [noun] + [verb][/b] structure? Somehow I came to know that subordinating conjunction can be followed by a noun or a sentence, depending on the meaning. I may be wrong, but to be confirmed I am citing few sentences below:

After lunch, I felt sleepy.
After I worked twelve hours, I felt tired.
I worked until midnight.
I worked until I felt tired.

I would be happy, if you assist me in removing my confusion.
Thanks in advance.
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Imo D
Only D makes sense
Had in A is wrong and there is redundancy in A ( who is used multiple times).
Had been considering is wrong in B
C has a fragment and use of ing modifier is wrong .
E distorts meaning by using Jewish canvasser Bloom’s story the story was about him and he did not write it .
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Dear friend, mikemcgarry
mikemcgarry wrote:
The subordinate conjunction "although," like any other, always requires a full [noun] + [verb] structure.
Mike :-)

Does subordinate conjunction always require [noun] + [verb] structure? Somehow I came to know that subordinating conjunction can be followed by a noun or a sentence, depending on the meaning. I may be wrong, but to be confirmed I am citing few sentences below:

After lunch, I felt sleepy.
After I worked twelve hours, I felt tired.
I worked until midnight.
I worked until I felt tired.

I would be happy, if you assist me in removing my confusion.
Thanks in advance.

Dear Mahmud6,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, here's the maddening thing about the English language. The words "although" and "after" and "until" each have two roles: as a subordinate conjunction and as an ordinary preposition. As a preposition, any of these can be followed simply by a noun. As a subordinate conjunction, each one demands a full [noun] + [verb] structure.

As a general rule, there's no confusion between these two usages. Following "after" by a fixed noun is very different from following "after" with a full action.

Does all this make sense?
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mikemcgarry wrote:
James Joyce wrote the novel Ulysses through the teens and published it in 1922, although in 1906, when he was finishing the short story collection Dubliners, he had considered the addition of another story about the canvasser Bloom, who was Jewish and who later was the title Ulysses character.

(A) he had considered the addition of another story about the canvasser Bloom, who was Jewish and who later was the title Ulysses character.

(B) he had been considering that he add an additional extra story, the Jewish canvasser Bloom, and to later make him the Ulysses' title character.

(C) considering the inclusion of the story of Bloom, the Jewish canvasser who would become the Ulysses title character later

(D) he considered including another story about the Jewish canvasser Bloom, who later would be the title character of the Ulysses

(E) he considered adding the Jewish canvasser Bloom’s story, and Bloom later would have become the Ulysses title character




All other choices except D distort the original meaning. Hence choice D is the right answer.
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