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# The growth of the railroads led to the abolition of local

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The growth of the railroads led to the abolition of local times, which was determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing from city to city, and to the establishment of regional times.

(A) which was determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing
(B) which was determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and which differed
(C) which were determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing
(D) determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differed
(E) determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing

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01 Sep 2008, 22:42
close tie between C and E. E is better as it eliminates the use of "which". "which" is confusing as it may refer to "the growth" or "the local times".

I will go with E.
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02 Sep 2008, 02:07
Between C and E. C is wordy. Second, i have doubts about "were" because i don't think that we need the past here. Local times still are determined in the same way. In A and B "was" is wrong, and in D "differed" is not ok. I chose E
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02 Sep 2008, 02:18
vbalex wrote:
Between C and E. C is wordy. Second, i have doubts about "were" because i don't think that we need the past here. Local times still are determined in the same way. In A and B "was" is wrong, and in D "differed" is not ok. I chose E

Can u explain y D is out whats wrong with differed
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02 Sep 2008, 02:28
differred or differring is for "local times". Local times should be progressive and hence differing is appropriate.
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03 Sep 2008, 19:38
scthakur wrote:
differred or differring is for "local times". Local times should be progressive and hence differing is appropriate.

Progressive means?
Again i believe in modifiers we generally used -ing forms and passive modifiers generally use past tense
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05 Sep 2008, 19:27
scthakur wrote:
progressive = progressive tense.

Consider the statement,here selected (In passive ) is past participle tence and running ( for active modifier ,continuous or progressive).

The student ,selected by the committee and running in the marathon,is one of the best candidates .

Now im clear !! thanks for the suggestions!!!
if any information on above kindly share !!!
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05 Sep 2008, 22:47
spriya wrote:
The growth of the railroads led to the abolition of local times, which was determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing from city to city, and to the establishment of regional times.

(A) which was determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing
(B) which was determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and which differed
(C) which were determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing
(D) determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differed
(E) determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing

A, B and C are out because which can refer to growth or local times

IMO E) ... parallel.

local times differed does not make sense
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