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# The Christmas holiday brought a brief respite to opposing

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The Christmas holiday brought a brief respite to opposing armies during World War I in that an unofficial ceasefire spread along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914.

A.armies during World War I in that an unofficial ceasefire spread along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914

B.armies during World War I, spreading an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914

C.armies during World War I when they spread an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914

D.armies during World War I, for an unofficial ceasefire spread along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914

E.armies during World War I by the spread of an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914

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13 May 2009, 03:04
IMO E

The Christmas holiday brought a brief respite to opposing armies during World War I in that an unofficial ceasefire spread along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914.

A.armies during World War I in that an unofficial ceasefire spread along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914 -->ceasefire can not spread (active), it is spread (passive) by an army force.

B.armies during World War I, spreading an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914 --> Christmas holiday can't spread the ceasefire

C.armies during World War I when they spread an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914 -->they wrongly refers to the opposing armies. The opposing armies did not spread the ceasefire but their opponent did

D.armies during World War I, for an unofficial ceasefire spread along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914 -->ceasefire causes the respite, not respite was done for the ceasefire

E.armies during World War I by the spread of an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914 --> I think this has least errors, in addition to its most precise meaning. Althought ceasefire along the Western ... can cause misunderstood modifier, the idiom: spread ... along, however, still keeps the whole correctness
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13 May 2009, 04:59
agree with E.

Same explanations.
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13 May 2009, 05:16
I can't understand why its not D.

E incorrectly says that The Christmas Holiday led to the spread of an unofficial ceasefire. Whereas, The Christmas Holiday refers only to a time period.

The Christmas holiday brought a brief respite to opposing armies during World War I in that an unofficial ceasefire spread along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914.

E.armies during World War I by the spread of an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914
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13 May 2009, 10:21
bigtreezl wrote:
B for me

B is wrong..
Hereit means
"Respite" is causing "ceasefire" --> It doesn't make sense.

Ceasefire is causing the respite
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13 May 2009, 10:25
x2suresh wrote:
bigtreezl wrote:
B for me

B is wrong..
Hereit means
"Respite" is causing "ceasefire" --> It doesn't make sense.

Ceasefire is causing the respite

In B, the christmas holiday is spreading a ceasefire. In option E, the christmas holiday is also spreading a ceasefire but it is more wordy than option B. IMO, the christmas holiday can spread cheer, gleefulness and a ceasefire by causing a respite
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13 May 2009, 10:36
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bigtreezl wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
bigtreezl wrote:
B for me

B is wrong..
Hereit means
"Respite" is causing "ceasefire" --> It doesn't make sense.

Ceasefire is causing the respite

In B, the christmas holiday is spreading a ceasefire. In option E, the christmas holiday is also spreading a ceasefire but it is more wordy than option B. IMO, the christmas holiday can spread cheer, gleefulness and a ceasefire by casuing a respite

IMO,

CH cann't spread cheer or ceasefire
CH can bring cheer or ceasefire

It shouldn't be active

Here CH is bringing respite, by spread of unofficial ceasfire.
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13 May 2009, 10:48
x2suresh, i see your point thanks for the explanation..
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13 May 2009, 11:55
x2suresh wrote:
bigtreezl wrote:
B for me

B is wrong..
Hereit means
"Respite" is causing "ceasefire" --> It doesn't make sense.

Ceasefire is causing the respite

Initially I too went for B, but thanks for the explanation x2suresh. +1 for ya.
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Updated on: 13 May 2009, 19:58
The Christmas holiday brought a brief respite to opposing armies during World War I in that an unofficial ceasefire spread along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914.

A.armies during World War I in that an unofficial ceasefire spread along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914

B.armies during World War I, spreading an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914

C.armies during World War I when they spread an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914

D.armies during World War I, for an unofficial ceasefire spread along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914

E.armies during World War I by the spread of an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914

hmm tough question.

I would have gone with C. No B.

B it is. The subject is The Christmas holiday - the verb action has to match this through the statement.

I just looked at the explanations above. Good argument for E. I still think it's B.

Which is more right?

(B)The Christmas holiday brought a brief respite spreading an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914.

(E)The Christmas holiday brought a brief respite by the spread of an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914.

B.

Wait I just went through it again. Suresh is has a fair point on "by" but shouldit not be through the spread?

OA pls....

OA pls?
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13 May 2009, 19:55
OA plz, I'm not 100% convinced on E
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14 May 2009, 08:44
me either. I went for B. I hope we're right, but then again, suresh is usually never wrong

bigtreezl wrote:
OA plz, I'm not 100% convinced on E
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14 May 2009, 21:17
rampuria, pls give OA, this is a tricky question
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15 May 2009, 14:46
B , imo

to me E seems to mean that christmas holiday physically spread the unofficial ceasefire (because of the use of "by")
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15 May 2009, 20:50
dude! post the OA!
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15 May 2009, 21:35
IMO E....In B, spreading an unofficial ceasefire seem to modify World War1...Also Christmas holiday cannot spread.......Christms holiday can cause something by something.....As In E
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18 May 2009, 07:46
dood post that OA!
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19 May 2009, 01:48
OA is D

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19 May 2009, 06:29
rampuria wrote:
OA is D

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IMO, this answer is insane.. unless some one proves this option is sane.
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19 May 2009, 07:01
E.armies during World War I by the spread of an unofficial ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914 --> this could wrongly mean the holiday spread an unofficial ceasefire to bring a brief respite to the opposing armies. I could recognize this stupid error in other choices but I got trapped by such an error in this choice. How silly I am !!!

D.armies during World War I, for an unofficial ceasefire spread along the Western Front on Christmas Eve, 1914 --> for standing here means because, bringing the correct meaning for the sentence. But in that of A also has the same meaning, why A is incorrect ??
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