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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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New post 07 Dec 2008, 18:37
topmbaseeker 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


There are many discussions about this sentence. Let me shed more some lights on this.

1. No matter what "which was " or "which were", they will lead the readers to confusal. So A, B, C out (ofcourse, in combination with some other errors)

2. you may ask why D is not answer? Native speakers say: "differing" rather than "differed"

E remains!
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sondenso, can you explain why Native speakers say: "differing" rather than "differed" ?

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sondenso, can you explain why Native speakers say: "differing" rather than "differed" ?


Let see:

1.That the growth of the railroads led to the abolition of local times differs from city to city.
2. That the growth of the railroads led to the abolition of local times is differed from city to city.

Which one do you think is better? If you see 1 is better, E should be the winner!
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sondenso wrote:
technocrat wrote:
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sondenso, can you explain why Native speakers say: "differing" rather than "differed" ?


Let see:

1.That the growth of the railroads led to the abolition of local times differs from city to city.
2. That the growth of the railroads led to the abolition of local times is differed from city to city.

Which one do you think is better? If you see 1 is better, E should be the winner!


Isn't it talking about local times determined by when the sun reached the observer's meridian AND local times differed from city to city ?

topmbaseeker what is the OA?

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