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Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site

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Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it.

A. devoted his subsequent career to do it
B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that
C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end
D. has devoted his subsequent career for that
E. devoted his subsequent career to that end

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Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it.

Let me straight away get to the ERROR ANALYSIS as the meaning of this one is not difficult to understand.

1. Both “determined” and “devoted” are the verbs for the subject “Schliemann” and are connected properly. However, the pronoun “it” does not have a proper antecedent. A pronoun must refer to a noun or a pronoun. Here “it” seems to denote to the action suggested by “to find the site…”. This is incorrect.

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A. devoted his subsequent career to do it: Incorrect for the reason cited above.

B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that: Incorrect.
1. Use of present perfect tense “has” is incorrect as the context is sentence is set in the past.
2. Pronoun “that” does not have any antecedent. Same error as in choice A.

C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end: Incorrect. Use of “such” is not correct here as it fails to refer to the particular task mentioned in the sentence.

D. has devoted his subsequent career for that: Incorrect. Same “that” reference error as in choice B.

E. devoted his subsequent career to that end: Correct. Here “that” is a pronoun that refers to the articular idea complemented by “end”.

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15. Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it.
A. devoted his subsequent career to do it
B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that
C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end
D. has devoted his subsequent career for that
E. devoted his subsequent career to that end

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Can someone kindly explain the difference between C & E. I can infer that "SUCH or THAT" stands for "To find the site of ancient troy"
I am confused between the use of "Such" & " That" (use of THAT apart from Relative pronoun).
Is "THAT" working as Pro-verb in this case.

Waiting eagerly for response.

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15. Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it.

A. devoted his subsequent career to do it
B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that
C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end
D. has devoted his subsequent career for that
E. devoted his subsequent career to that end

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Oh surprise !!!! i chose D !!
Why to use word "end" here after relative pronoun ?

i feel "that end" is not complete clause !
can any one comment on this?
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targetgmatchotu wrote:
15. Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it.

A. devoted his subsequent career to do it
B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that
C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end
D. has devoted his subsequent career for that
E. devoted his subsequent career to that end

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Oh surprise !!!! i chose D !!
Why to use word "end" here after relative pronoun ?

i feel "that end" is not complete clause !
can any one comment on this?


But doesn't have much sense if you do not concentrate first of all on the meaning of the sentence

has devoted is wrong because he devoted to reseach on this site BEFORE discovered it is wrong and also not parallel

C seems that he devoted to this end plus others; instead the meaning to this end above all END. In other words, he devoted himself to this supreme end

so E is correct
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Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it.

A. devoted his subsequent career to do it
"to do it" to do what ??? to do ancient site of Troy ?? illogical.. it has no clear referrent.

B. has devoted his subsequent career to do that
present perfect doesn't make sense
C. devoted his subsequent career to such an end
"to such an end" seems to suggest that author is trying to present an example which is illogical.
D. has devoted his subsequent career for that
has is wrong
E. devoted his subsequent career to that end
Correct. "to that end" here that is referring back to the cause for which Schliemann determined...
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I chose correct answer just on POE.

However, I think there is nothing wrong in usage of present perfect "has devoted" in options B and D.

This is totally fine because we dont know whether he has found or not.. May be he is finding right now..
So usage of "has devoted" is not wrong.

The options B and D are wrong for other reasons mentioned by egmat.

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Hello @e-gmat,
Thanks for this nice explanation. Here I have a doubt- in Option-A cant't we consider the "IT" as a place holder?
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Hello @e-gmat,
Thanks for this nice explanation. Here I have a doubt- in Option-A cant't we consider the "IT" as a place holder?



Hello tamal99.

Thank you for the PM. :-)

Schliemann determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy and devoted his subsequent career to do it.


The sentence clearly says that Schliemann decided at a very tender age to do something and hence, devoted his career to do so. The sentence clearly states that he devoted his career to find the site pf ancient Troy. This is the reason why it is not a placeholder because there is a definite information that is denoted through the usage of the pronoun it.

Now, this usage is incorrect. But the fact remains that it does refer to some entity in the sentence.

The placeholder pronouns do not refer to any information in the sentence. They simply do the job of holding the place in a sentence.


Hope this helps. :-)
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