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The British colonies in North America attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming from all parts of the British Isles, Germany, the Netherlands, and other countries.

A. The British colonies in North America attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming
B. The British colonies in North America have attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming
C. The British colonies in North America has attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming
D. The British colonies in North America was attracting a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming
E. The British colonies in North America have attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, to come

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The British colonies in North America attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming from all parts of the British Isles, Germany, the Netherlands, and other countries.

A. The British colonies in North America attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming CORRECT. Usage of simple past tense correct

B. The British colonies in North America have attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming -this event(verb-attracted) has happened in the past and ended - wrong usage of tense.

C. The British colonies in North America has attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming -this event(verb-attracted) has happened in the past and ended - wrong usage of tense.

D. The British colonies in North America was attracting a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming ->similar reason s option B and C

E. The British colonies in North America have attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, to come ->similar reason s option B, C and D. Tense error
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The British colonies in North America attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming from all parts of the British Isles, Germany, the Netherlands, and other countries.

Attracted - Simple past...... Correct

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A is the correct answer. It rightly use the simple past tense “attracted” for an action which took place in the past.

B uses “have attracted” to erroneously imply that the effects of the action are still relevant today meanwhile the timeframe was properly stated as from seventeenth and eighteenth century. Hence we can rule out B.

C also use singular “has attracted” for a plural noun “British Colonies”. Aside the subject verb disagreement, the use of present perfect tense is incorrect. The simple past as it is stated in A above is appropriate.

D is incorrect because “was attracting” does not agree with the subject “British Colonies”. In addition, the past progressive tense is incorrect here. Simple past tense is required since there is no later action stated which occurred afterwards to justify the use of past continuous tense.

E is incorrect for the same reasons as B.

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The British colonies in North America attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming from all parts of the British Isles, Germany, the Netherlands, and other countries.

The sentence presents a situation that happened in the past. So the main verb must be in the simple past form since a general information is given in the sentence. Thus, only option ‘A’ satisfies the condition and is the right answer.

A. The British colonies in North America attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming – CORRECT. The main verb ‘attract’ is correctly used in its simple past form ‘attracted’. Verb-ing modifier also used properly to modify preceding clause.
B. The British colonies in North America have attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming – WRONG. ‘Have attracted’ changes the meaning as if the action is still going on which is non sensical since action happened in the 17th and 18th centuries. Though ‘Verb-ing’ modifier also used properly to modify preceding clause.
C. The British colonies in North America has attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming – WRONG. S-V number disagreement error. Though ‘Verb-ing’ modifier used properly to modify preceding clause.
D. The British colonies in North America was attracting a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming – WRONG. S-V number disagreement error. Though ‘Verb-ing’ modifier used properly to modify preceding clause.
E. The British colonies in North America have attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, to come – WRONG. There is no other action that is mentioned in the sentence thus ‘past perfect tense’ usage is wrong. Also using infinitive ‘to come’ to modify previous clause is wrong since sentence doesn’t make sense.

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Verb issue in most choice. Past event needs simple past tense "attracted". Choice A is the winner.

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Answer :A
The verb tense needed is simple past tense since the the British colonies in North America attracted people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries
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In my view the best answer is A.

The correct form of the verb attracted is the past simple.

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The British colonies in North America attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming from all parts of the British Isles, Germany, the Netherlands, and other countries.

A. The British colonies in North America attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming
B. The British colonies in North America have attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming
C. The British colonies in North America has attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming
D. The British colonies in North America was attracting a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, coming
E. The British colonies in North America have attracted a mass immigration of religious dissenters and poor people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, to come


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Correct Answer: A

The best answer is A. The correct form of the verb attracted is the past simple.
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Bunuel I understand A uses the correct verb tense but in case of comma+ing construction the subject should be most directly responsible for the comma+ing action, here the British colonies are not coming anywhere so shouldn't A be out on that basis?
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