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Robert H. Goddard, recognized as one of the founding fathers of rocketry, holds the patents for the discovery of liquid-fueled and multi-stage rockets, but rarely acknowledged until the dawn of the space age.

A. but rarely
B. was rarely
C. but had rarely been
D. which had rarely been
E. but he was rarely
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Robert H. Goddard, recognized as one of the founding fathers of rocketry, holds the patents for the discovery of liquid-fueled and multi-stage rockets, but rarely acknowledged until the dawn of the space age.


Crux of the question - "but" is used to join two independent clauses

The part before "but" is an independent clause, hence the part of thr sentence after "but" has to be an independent clause - subject + verb

A. but rarely
- lacks a subject.
- acknowledged acts as a modifier in absence of a helping verb

B. was rarely
- the part before underlined portion is an independent clause. In absence of "FANBOYS", the structure joins to IC with comma - wrong

C. but had rarely been
- As mentioned in choice 1 analysis, this structure lacks a subject.
- in addition to that, present perfect tense is not required and does not make sense

D. which had rarely been
- "which" refers to the noun before comma - multi-jet rockets - such a reference completely distorts the meaning of the sentence.

E. but he was rarely
- "but" is used for connecting two independent clauses
- presence of a subject "he" - correct
- "was acknowledged" - correct tense
- Answer

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