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In February 1983, brush fires had swept the drought-parched southeaste

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In February 1983, brush fires had swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, at least 69 people being killed, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering.


A) had swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, at least 69 people being killed, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering

B) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, having killed at least 69 people, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering

C) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and had left thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering

D) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and leaving thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering

E) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and left thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering

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Re: In February 1983, brush fires had swept the drought-parched southeaste  [#permalink]

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Harshgmat wrote:
In February 1983, brush fires had swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, at least 69 people being killed, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering.


A) had swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, at least 69 people being killed, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering

B) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, having killed at least 69 people, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering

C) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and had left thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering

D) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and leaving thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering

E) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and left thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering

Correct Answer must be (D) for the highlighted errors in other options...
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In February 1983, brush fires had swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, at least 69 people being killed, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering.


A) had swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, at least 69 people being killed, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering(use of past perfect tense is incorrect)

B) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, having killed at least 69 people, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering(having is incorrect)

C) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and had left thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering(use of past perfect is incorrect)

D) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and leaving thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering(correct, killing and leaving are parallel )

E) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and left thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering( use of past tense is incorrect)

Will go with choice D

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Harshgmat wrote:
In February 1983, brush fires had swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, at least 69 people being killed, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering.


A) had swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, at least 69 people being killed, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering

B) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, having killed at least 69 people, and thousands of homes and acres of farmland were left smoldering

C) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and had left thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering

D) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and leaving thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering

E) swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people and left thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering


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(A) uses the past perfect had swept for no reason, given that there's no sequence of events; they all took place at essentially the same time. (B) illogically implies that the fires killed people before sweeping through the area. Choices (A), (B), (C), and (E) all fail to describe the effects of the fires—the deaths of people and the destruction of property-in parallel form. (D) is correct: "brush fires swept the drought-parched southeastern coast of Australia, killing at least 69 people, and leaving thousands of homes and acres of farmland smoldering."
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