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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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01 May 2005, 05:31
MA, is there not any typo in the question? Usually, one "is determined to do X" and passive mood should be applied. I think it should read something like "Schliemann was determined[...]"
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01 May 2005, 06:35
MA wrote:
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

b/w C and E, I go for E.

A,B and D are definitely wrong.
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01 May 2005, 07:26
Go with E. He devoted to that exact end and not something on the lines of that end.

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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01 May 2005, 10:16
IMO,
either,
the sentence should be "Schliemann WAS determined -----" as paul stated.

or,
if the portion "determined at the age of seven to find the site of ancient Troy " is used as a "past participle" then the sentence should be without "AND".
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02 May 2005, 17:31
The OA was said to be E because to that end is correct at the end.

A is wrong because it has no antecedent.
In B and D, has is not correct form of verb. C is also not idiomatic.
Left with E which is parallel and idiomatic expression.
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02 May 2005, 23:19
Paul wrote:
MA, is there not any typo in the question? Usually, one "is determined to do X" and passive mood should be applied. I think it should read something like "Schliemann was determined[...]"

Hi, Paul,

I think both active and passive are OK. Why do you think it's passive?

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03 May 2005, 00:17
a) devoted his subsequent career to do it
- 'it' has no clear referent. It's meant to refer to Schliemann's devotion to locate the site, but 'it' illogically refers to Troy in this sentence.

b) has devoted his subsequent career to do that
- present perfect is not required for this sentence.

c) devoted his subsequent career to such an end

d) has devoted his subsequent career for that
- present perfect is not required for this sentence.

e) devoted his subsequent career to that end

Between C and E, I'll take E. In E, 'to that end' is indiomatic. It also says very clearly that the 'end' is the task of locating the ancient site of troy. C uses 'such an end', but 'such' does not say very clearly what that end is.

E for me.
03 May 2005, 00:17
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