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Over his 65-year life span, Hughes, one of America’s most enduring writers and a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s, will have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
A. will have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
B. is publishing hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
C. would have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
D. will publish hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
E. would publish hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
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This is E. It's difficult to explain why.

A, B & D have to be wrong because of the tense (Hughes is dead, so everything is in the past, not present or future).

C - "Would have published" begs an "if" clause - it suggests that he didn't actually publish

"Would publish" actually has the force of past perfect, it means the same as "Did publish" and would be used in a certain type of formal writing. Sorry I can't give you a more "grammary" explanation, but I'm sure this is right.

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Can anyone tell me what the tense "would publish" is?

I find fault with all the other choices but there is something about the "would" that is bothering me

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Over his 65-year life span, Hughes, one of America’s most enduring writers and a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s, will have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.


A. will have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
B. is publishing hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
C. would have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
D. will publish hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
E. would publish hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.

Please explain your answer. Thank you

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Over his 65-year life span, Hughes, one of America’s most enduring writers and a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s, will have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
A. will have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
B. is publishing hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
C. would have published hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
D. will publish hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.
E. would publish hundreds of poems, plus novels, short stories, autobiographies, librettos, essays and children’s books.


Good Question.

Doubt should be between C and E.

C is only incorrect because it posses a half conditional. E is the best.
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Why is C wrong? Please help


Hi Sara,

(C) is wrong because of the use of the word 'have'. This changes the meaning of the sentence. (E) states: Would [go on to] publish; whereas (C) states: Would have [gone on to] publish. This changes the meaning and makes it sound like the author didn't publish his books during his life because of some reason.

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