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# Mary Stuart was born in Scotland, but never did possess great fluency

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Mary Stuart was born in Scotland, but never did possess great fluency in the language of the country over which she had later been called to rule; her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after she returned from France.

A) Mary Stuart was born in Scotland, but never did possess great fluency in the language of the country over which she had later been called to rule; her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after she returned from France.

B) Mary Stuart s knowledge of the language of the country over which she was later called to rule had been acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after her return from France to her birthplace in Scotland, and she never possessed great fluency in it.

C) Though born in Scotland, Mary Stuart never possessed great fluency in the language of the country over which she was later called to rule; her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after her return from France.

D) Although born in Scotland and never possessing great fluency in the language of the country over which she was later called to rule, Mary Stuart s knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after her return from France.

E) Born in Scotland, Mary Stuart never did possess great fluency in the language of the country over which she was later called to rule, and her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after she returned from France.

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03 Jan 2018, 06:27
Options C and E are almost identical. Why E is not the correct answer?
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03 Jan 2018, 11:36
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Options C and E are almost identical. Why E is not the correct answer?

I agree that C and E seem to be the same. However, I chose C because the "though" at the beginning emphasized the fact that she didn't have fluency in the first place despite being Born in Scotland.
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04 Jan 2018, 06:20
devlin wrote:
Options C and E are almost identical. Why E is not the correct answer?

I think option C is preferred over E because

"her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly,after her return from France" sounds better and parallel than "her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, after she returned from France".
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04 Jan 2018, 09:37
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Mary Stuart was born in Scotland, but never did possess great fluency in the language of the country over which she had later been called to rule; her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after she returned from France.

A) Mary Stuart was born in Scotland, but never did possess great fluency in the language of the country over which she had later been called to rule; her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after she returned from France.(had later been called is wrong it is near past action )

B) Mary Stuart s knowledge of the language of the country over which she was later called to rule had been acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after her return from France to her birthplace in Scotland, and she never possessed great fluency in it.(she has no antecedent because mary is in possessive form)

C) Though born in Scotland, Mary Stuart never possessed great fluency in the language of the country over which she was later called to rule; her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after her return from France.

D) Although born in Scotland and never possessing great fluency in the language of the country over which she was later called to rule, Mary Stuart s knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after her return from France.(modifier error and she(error same as B))

E) Born in Scotland, Mary Stuart never did possess great fluency in the language of the country over which she was later called to rule, and her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after she returned from France.(meaning issue we need though at the start of sentence to have clear menaning)
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04 Jan 2018, 23:21
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Mary Stuart was born in Scotland, but never did possess great fluency in the language of the country over which she had later been called to rule; her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after she returned from France.

A) Mary Stuart was born in Scotland, but never did possess great fluency in the language of the country over which she had later been called to rule; her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after she returned from France.(had later been called is wrong it is near past action )

B) Mary Stuart s knowledge of the language of the country over which she was later called to rule had been acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after her return from France to her birthplace in Scotland, and she never possessed great fluency in it.(she has no antecedent because mary is in possessive form)

C) Though born in Scotland, Mary Stuart never possessed great fluency in the language of the country over which she was later called to rule; her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after her return from France.

D) Although born in Scotland and never possessing great fluency in the language of the country over which she was later called to rule, Mary Stuart s knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after her return from France.(modifier error and she(error same as B))

E) Born in Scotland, Mary Stuart never did possess great fluency in the language of the country over which she was later called to rule, and her knowledge of it was acquired chiefly, if not wholly, after she returned from France.(meaning issue we need though at the start of sentence to have clear menaning)

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09 Jan 2018, 06:33
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Options C and E are almost identical. Why E is not the correct answer?

A contrast is mandatory in such a construction - consider the following sentence first:

Born in a very poor family, she never had two full meals a day..... this contruction is alright because the opening phrase is meant to explain why she never had two full meals a day.

However in option E the opening phrase is NOT meant to explain why Mary stewart did not possess great fluency - rather a contrast is required to be depicted - hence use of "though" (or some other contrast) is mandatory.

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