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SC Revision: Used until the end of the Second World War the German

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Used until the end of the Second World War, the German army employed the U-boat to attack both military or civilian watercraft.

A. the German army employed the U-boat to attack both military or

B. the U-boat was employed by the German army to attack both military and

C. the U-boat employed the German army to attack both military or

D. the German army had employed the U-Boat to attack both military and the

E. the U-boat has been employed by the German army to attack both military and also
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Used until the end of the Second World War, the German army employed the U-boat to attack both military or civilian watercraft.

A. the German army employed the U-boat to attack both military or

B. the U-boat was employed by the German army to attack both military and

C. the U-boat employed the German army to attack both military or

D. the German army had employed the U-Boat to attack both military and the

E. the U-boat has been employed by the German army to attack both military and also

Hi,
the Q tests on two things apart from meaning aspect..
1) MODIFIER :- what should be modified by "Used until the end of the Second World War".. definitely some equipment ,
so eliminate the choices modifying german army.... A and D are out

2) Idiom BOTH X AND Y :-
C can be eliminated as it uses unidiomatic Both X or Y, also it illogically means that boats employed german army..
E too can be eliminated because of the usage of redundant 'also' in 'both X and also Y... Also usage of present perfect is wrong

ans B
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04 Feb 2016, 12:56
I agree with Chetan for his crisp and bull's eye explanation. The answer must be indeed B
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04 Feb 2016, 13:45
Used until---2nd w/w incorrectly modifies German army. it should be boat instead.
Also both x or y is incorrect. it should be both x and y.

Thus B

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15 Sep 2017, 07:42
The original sentence uses the introductory adjective modifier “used until the end of the Second World
War”; The U-boat, the subject of the modifier, should immediately follow the modifying phrase.
Additionally, the expression “both military or civilian” is unidiomatic; the correct idiom is “both military
and civilian.”

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) CORRECT. The noun “U-boat” properly functions as the subject of the modifying phrase.
Additionally, the idiomatic “both military and civilian” is properly used at the end of the sentence.

(C) This choice changes the intended meaning of the original sentence to one that is nonsensical. The
U-boat, a boat, cannot “employ the German army” to do anything. Furthermore, the “both military or
civilian” construction is unidiomatic.

(D) This choice incorrectly uses “the German army” as the subject of the introductory phrase.
Additionally, this choice creates a verb tense error by unnecessarily switching to the past perfect “had
employed” and a parallelism error by using the “both military and the civilian” construction.

(E) This choice uses the present perfect tense “has been employed,” incorrectly indicating that U-boats
are still used by the German army. Furthermore, the “both military and also civilian” is unidiomatic.
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