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In the thirties and forties, devotees of Willa Cather’s maintained that her writing has all the qualities found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth century.

A. Cather’s maintained that her writing has // simple perfect tense is wrong.
B. Cather’s maintained that her writing had // fine in British English
C. Cather’s had maintained that her writing had // past perfect tense is not ideal.
D. Cather maintained that her writing had // fine in American English
E. Cather maintained that her writing has // present perfect tense is wrong.

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In the thirties and forties, devotees of Willa Cather’s maintained that her writing has all the qualities found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth and
twentieth century.
A. Cather’s maintained that her writing has - Present perfect for the past is incorrect
B. Cather’s maintained that her writing had - Cather's what? devotees of Cather not Cather's "unknown" thing
C. Cather’s had maintained that her writing had - Same as B
D. Cather maintained that her writing had - "had" is used a simple past. Cather's possessive has been replaced by Cather which makes perfect sense
E. Cather maintained that her writing has - Present perfect for the past is incorrect

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In the thirties and forties, devotees of Willa Cather’s maintained that her writing has all the qualities found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth century.


We're looking at the devotees of a particular place. So, Willa Cather's won't fit in here. Let look at the options now.

A. Cather’s maintained that her writing has
Out. for the reason stated above.

B. Cather’s maintained that her writing had
Same as A.

C. Cather’s had maintained that her writing had
Same as A

D. Cather maintained that her writing had
The usage of Cather is correct. What comes to the immediate notice is the use of past perfect had. As soon as I see this, I should look if there are more than 1 event in past and what is the sequencing for them. The two events discussed here are maintained (event 1) and had all the powers (event 2). Clearly event 2 happened before event 1, as far as the meaning goes. Therefore the use is correct.

E. Cather maintained that her writing has
The usage of Cather is correct. but D is better option than E because of the usage of verb in past tense.

Hence - D.
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In the thirties and forties, devotees of Willa Cather’s maintained that her writing has all the qualities found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth and
twentieth century.

Rule: 1) A non-possessive pronoun can only refer to a non-possessive noun or pronoun.
Her is a non-possessive pronoun and 'Cather's' is showing the possessive aspect. It's an illogical reference, So we can easily eliminate A,B and C.

2) Verb Sequencing: Multiple Verbs must be Parallel.
In Option E, time frame is changed.
In the thirties and forties, devotees of Willa Cather maintained that her writing has all the qualities found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth and
twentieth century.

A. Cather’s maintained that her writing has (Wrong)
B. Cather’s maintained that her writing had (Wrong)
C. Cather’s had maintained that her writing had (Wrong)
D. Cather maintained that her writing had ( follows both the grammar rules)
E. Cather maintained that her writing has (wrong)
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In the thirties and forties, devotees of Willa Cather’s maintained that her writing has all the qualities found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth and
twentieth century.

POE:
Stop sign - 'Cather's'; it is not clear what it is referring to. Cather's devotees or devotees of Cather is the right form. Eliminate (A), (B) & (C).
Eliminate (E) - tense error.


A. Cather’s maintained that her writing has
B. Cather’s maintained that her writing had
C. Cather’s had maintained that her writing had
D. Cather maintained that her writing had - CORRECT
E. Cather maintained that her writing has
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In the thirties and forties, devotees of Willa Cather’s maintained that her writing has all the qualities found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth and
twentieth century.
A. Cather’s maintained that her writing has
we do not need possessive since we already have "of" - devotees of
B. Cather’s maintained that her writing had
we do not need possessive since we already have "of" - devotees of
C. Cather’s had maintained that her writing had
we do not need possessive since we already have "of" - devotees of
D. Cather maintained that her writing had
correct
E. Cather maintained that her writing has
Since we are talking about thirties and forties, "has" is the wrong tense. We need a past tense.
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In the thirties and forties, devotees of Willa Cather’s maintained that her writing has all the qualities found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth and
twentieth century.
Meaning:
Devotees of a writer maintained that her writing had all the qualities that are found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth century.

POE:
Use of possessive Willa Cather's with of is redundant and the use of present tense is incorrect as the sentence is describing the past events

A. Cather’s maintained that her writing has --->devotees of Willa Cather's is incorrect. it should be either "Willa Cather's devotees" or "devotees of Willa Cather.
B. Cather’s maintained that her writing had -----> Same as A
C. Cather’s had maintained that her writing had ---> Same as A
D. Cather maintained that her writing had ---->Correct
E. Cather maintained that her writing has -----> use of present tense is incorrect
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"devotees of Willa Cather’s" ..Willa Cather’s what??? idea?lifestyle? what? makes no sense .so A,B,C are out
in E use of "has" is wrong as the event happened in past
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In the thirties and forties, devotees of Willa Cather’s maintained that her writing has all the qualities found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth and
twentieth century.

Eliminate A, B,C directly for apostrophe


A. Cather’s maintained that her writing has
B. Cather’s maintained that her writing had
C. Cather’s had maintained that her writing had
D. Cather maintained that her writing had
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E. Cather maintained that her writing has
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In the thirties and forties, devotees of Willa Cather’s maintained that her writing has all the qualities found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth and
twentieth century.
A. Cather’s maintained that her writing has - 'has' is the wrong tense. Incorrect.
B. Cather’s maintained that her writing had - ' Cather's ' should be just Cather. Incorrect.
C. Cather’s had maintained that her writing had - ' Cather's ' should be just Cather. Both verbs can't be 'had'. Incorrect.
D. Cather maintained that her writing had - 'had'. Cather. Correct.
E. Cather maintained that her writing has - 'has' is the wrong tense. Incorrect.

Hence, the answer is Option (D).
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