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The 24-year-old novelist and poet released her latest novel all over

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The 24-year-old novelist and poet released her latest novel all over the United States, Canada, and Great Britain last year, earning glowing reviews in both New York as well as Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she is expecting to return to writing once she has completed her book tour.

A. earning glowing reviews in both New York as well as Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she is expecting

B. earning glowing reviews both in New York and Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and expecting

C. having earned glowing reviews both in New York and Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, expecting

D. earning glowing reviews in both New York and Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she expects

E. having earned glowing reviews both in New York as well as Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she expects

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The 24-year-old novelist and poet released her latest novel all over the United States, Canada, and Great Britain last year, earning glowing reviews in both New York as well as Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she is expecting to return to writing once she has completed her book tour.

A. earning glowing reviews in both New York as well as Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she is expecting

B. earning glowing reviews both in New York and Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and expecting

C. having earned glowing reviews both in New York and Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, expecting

D. earning glowing reviews in both New York and Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she expects --> Correct

E. having earned glowing reviews both in New York as well as Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she expects

Meaning - Novelist released novel --> cause --> she earned glowing reviews --> and expects to return to writing after the tour

Having earned -> puts that action in the past tense, meaning she already earned reviews and then she released which is non-sensical -> Hence C and E are out

and expecting in B makes it parallel to earning which changes the meaning since "expecting" then works as another ing modifier to "novelist released novel". Since expecting to return doesn't make sense as a causal effect or with the action - B is out

in A use of "as well as" with both is wrong and "she is expecting" uses present continuous tense which doesn't make sense either - hence out

Correct usage of "and she expects" to introduce a new independent clause with and marker, also "both and" idiom is correct
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Here is a detailed explanation to this question-

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The 24-year-old novelist and poet released her latest novel all over the United States, Canada, and Great Britain last year, earning glowing reviews in both New York as well as Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she is expecting to return to writing once she has completed her book tour.

A. earning glowing reviews in both New York as well as Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she is expecting

B. earning glowing reviews both in New York and Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and expecting

C. having earned glowing reviews both in New York and Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, expecting

D. earning glowing reviews in both New York and Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she expects

E. having earned glowing reviews both in New York as well as Vancouver for her exceptional stylistic grace, and she expects


Choice A: This answer choice incorrectly uses the present continuous tense verb "is expecting"; the use of this verb implies that the author is continually expecting to return to writing, rather than that the author has the expectation of returning to writing. Additionally, this answer choice introduces redundancy into the sentence by utilizing the phrase "both New York as well as Vancouver"; "both" and "as well as as" convey the same information. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice B: This answer choice incorrectly utilizes the phrase "and expecting to..." as a second modifier for the verb phrase "released her latest novel...", implying that the author expecting to return to writing is a second consequence of the release of the novel. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice C: This answer choice changes the meaning of the sentence by utilizing the past tense modifier "having earned"; in doing so, the sentence implies that the novelist had already earned the praise at the time when she released her novel. This answer choice also incorrectly modifies the clause "having earned glowing reviews..." with the "verb+ing" modifier "expecting to return...", implying that the novelist expected to return to writing at the time when she was earning praise. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice D: This answer choice maintains proper tense use and conveys the intended meaning of the sentence. Thus, this answer choice is correct.

Choice E: This answer choice repeats the tense related error found in Option C. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Hence, D is the best answer choice.

To understand the concept of "Simple Continuous Tenses on GMAT", you may want to watch the following video (~1 minute):



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Hence, D is the best answer choice.
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