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In the 1820’s, anthracite coalfields opened in eastern Pennsylvania

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AjiteshArun thanks for the other meaning I didn't know that
But how do we check for such verbs ? whether they are verbs or verbed mod ?
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AjiteshArun thanks for the other meaning I didn't know that
But how do we check for such verbs ? whether they are verbs or verbed mod ?
Your approach is fine. :)

In this particular case, when you asked yourself whether a restaurant can open (on its own), you needed to take the other meaning that we discussed into account. That would have given us a "yes" answer, and then you would have been open to considering opened a verb.
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I restudy this problem and I want to say more about "there were ..." in choice a, b and c

choice A means
when the canal reached, the supplies of coal that was transfered..., exist

this is not the intended meaning.

so, if there is a split between "there is+ that-clause" and "noun+verb", the meaning can be totally different.

this case require us to understand "that clause". this restrictive clause means a subset of the nouns has some action. the pattern "there is...+that clause" normally dose not go with non-restrictive clause because the meaning error will be more easy to realize by cutting off the non-restrictive phrase. either restrictive or non restrictive clause go with this pattern, the meaning errors are similar because the focus is not action presented by a verb but the focus is the existence, which is presented by "is,are"

Originally posted by thangvietnam on 12 Sep 2019, 19:35.
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whats wrong with A folks..

is the presence of 'was' instead of 'were' an issue?



yes, "was" as a verb refers to a singular noun.. however the noun is "supplies" which is plural therefore were is correct!
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What is wrong with option D? Can someone please explain?

In the 1820???s, anthracite coalfields opened in eastern Pennsylvania, and when canals and eventually railroads reached into the region, there were substantial supplies of coal that was exported to the nation???s growing mills, forges, factories, and railways.

A. when canals and eventually railroads reached into the region, there were substantial supplies of coal that was
B. once canals and eventually railroads reaching into the region, there were substantial supplies of coal having been
C. with canals and eventually railroads reaching into the region, there had been substantial supplies of coal
D. canals and eventually railroads reached into the region, with substantial supplies of coal being
E. as canals and eventually railroads reached into the region, substantial supplies of coal were
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What is wrong with option D? Can someone please explain?

In the 1820???s, anthracite coalfields opened in eastern Pennsylvania, and when canals and eventually railroads reached into the region, there were substantial supplies of coal that was exported to the nation???s growing mills, forges, factories, and railways.

A. when canals and eventually railroads reached into the region, there were substantial supplies of coal that was
B. once canals and eventually railroads reaching into the region, there were substantial supplies of coal having been
C. with canals and eventually railroads reaching into the region, there had been substantial supplies of coal
D. canals and eventually railroads reached into the region, with substantial supplies of coal being
E. as canals and eventually railroads reached into the region, substantial supplies of coal were

Hello, Krishchamp. Beyond the fact that choice (E) uses more direct language, I would argue that the causality of the chain of events is missing in (D). We understand from choices (A), (B), and (E) that when/once/as canals and eventually railroads reached into the region, the natural resources, namely coal, were exported in great quantities. However, choice (D) does not present the same sort of cause-and-effect relationship, telling us instead that the canals and railroads appeared, but then moving on to this not necessarily connected notion that because of these developments, substantial supplies of coal were exported. Clarity of meaning is the foremost consideration in determining an eventual correct answer, particularly on harder questions in which grammatical issues alone might not allow you to separate one choice from another. (In general, it is a good idea to be wary of being, although it can be used as a gerund in correct answers.)

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Thanks so much Andrew?
We can also eliminate B and C because there is no parallelism between ‘opened’ and ‘reaching’ right? A is wrong because ‘was’ is faulty w.r.t ‘supplies’.
Can you please check if my reasoning is correct?

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Thanks so much Andrew?
We can also eliminate B and C because there is no parallelism between ‘opened’ and ‘reaching’ right? A is wrong because ‘was’ is faulty w.r.t ‘supplies’.
Can you please check if my reasoning is correct?

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Hello again, Krishchamp. I agree with you on (A) and (B), but (C) is a little different. My red highlights below show errors.

A. when canals and eventually railroads reached into the region, there were substantial supplies of coal that was
B. once canals and eventually railroads reaching into the region, there were substantial supplies of coal having been
C. with canals and eventually railroads reaching into the region, there had been substantial supplies of coal
D. canals and eventually railroads reached into the region, with substantial supplies of coal being

In (C), it is not a problem to say, with canals... reaching on its own, but the past perfect had been indicates an action that occurred further in the past than another, and it would not make sense to suggest that coal had been shipped out in vast amounts prior to the construction of the canal and railroad lanes that opened up such transportation pathways.

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