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# In the 1820s, anthracite coalfields opened in eastern

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In the 1820â€™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 nationâ€™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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Need a simple past verb to complete the second sentence.
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18 Nov 2015, 15:41
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Can you just confirm whether the use of 'was' is correct in answer choice A

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Re: In the 1820s, anthracite coalfields opened in eastern   [#permalink] 18 Nov 2015, 15:41
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