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The people of the ancient Assyrian Empire were renowned warriors, although they also crafted some of the best-preserved ancient art.

(A) were renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(B) had been renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(C) were renowned warriors, and also crafted
(D) was renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(E) were renowned warriors, but also crafting

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In my Opinion, 'A' is the winner. 'C' is the runner up

The people of the ancient Assyrian Empire were renowned warriors, although they also crafted some of the best-preserved ancient art.

(A) were renowned warriors, although they also crafted - Looks Ok, the people were renowned warriors, although they also crafted ...
(B) had been renowned warriors, although they also crafted - Changes the meaning. They were not renowned warriors first and then crafted art.
(C) were renowned warriors, and also crafted - Changes the meaning from original sentence - 'Runner Up'
(D) was renowned warriors, although they also crafted - SV error (was/were)
(E) were renowned warriors, but also crafting - Verb tense issue (Past to Present)
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The people of the ancient Assyrian Empire were renowned warriors, although they also crafted some of the best-preserved ancient art.

(A) were renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(B) had been renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(C) were renowned warriors, and also crafted
(D) was renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(E) were renowned warriors, but also crafting


MEANING: The people of AE were great warriors, although they [the people of AE] also crafted great art.

NOTES: Who were warriors and crafted great art? The humans part of AE, plural.

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(A) were renowned warriors, although they also crafted => "S-V, although S-V" shows two contrasting ideas. Logic is ok here.
(B) had been renowned warriors, although they also crafted => problem with the past perfect. Past perfect is not necessary here.
(C) were renowned warriors, and also crafted => Active and Passive are combined with the same Subject with "and" sounds not okay here. Tenses and form must be consistent (please correct me if I am wrong)
(D) was renowned warriors, although they also crafted =>"was" is singular, not correctly refer to "soldiers"
(E) were renowned warriors, but also crafting => comma - ING modifies precede clause. I see no reason to put them here.

=> IMO Correct Answer is A
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(A) were renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(B) had been renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(C) were renowned warriors, and also crafted
(D) was renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(E) were renowned warriors, but also crafting
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The right answer is option A.

The original sentence is correct. I can't see any obvious errors. The sentence talks about two contrasting qualities of the people of the Ancient Assyrian Empire. They were renowned warriors and rightly, one wouldn't normally expect a warrior to craft art, but these people defied this logic and were able to craft some of the best-preserved ancient art. The original sentence presented expressed these qualities of the people as a contrast. The verbs were and crafted are rightly parallel. So A is the right answer.

In B, the use of past perfect tense had been is incorrect and unwarranted.
In C, there is no contrast. The qualities of the people are contrasting, hence a contrast is required. and is not appropriate.
In D, there is an S-V error. was should be were since it points to the noun warriors.
In E, there is a parallelism error. were and crafting are not parallel.

The people of the ancient Assyrian Empire were renowned warriors, although they also crafted some of the best-preserved ancient art.

(A) were renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(B) had been renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(C) were renowned warriors, and also crafted
(D) was renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(E) were renowned warriors, but also crafting
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The people of the ancient Assyrian Empire were renowned warriors, although they also crafted some of the best-preserved ancient art.

Quote:
(A) were renowned warriors, although they also crafted
- correct
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(B) had been renowned warriors, although they also crafted
- Past Perfect is no justifiable; one action is not taken part prior another one
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(C) were renowned warriors, and also crafted
- redundancy
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(D) was renowned warriors, although they also crafted
- S-V agreement error
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(E) were renowned warriors, but also crafting
- "but" is parallelism marker, nothing prior "but" is parallel to participle "crafting"
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(A) were renowned warriors, although they also crafted.......looks fine...will come back
(B) had been renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(C) were renowned warriors, and also crafted......The first clause is in present, while the second is in the past...........so the subject needs to be repeated

(D) was renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(E) were renowned warriors, but also crafting

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Option(A) is correct

The subject (people, which is plural) must agree with the verb (were, which is plural).
The two verbs (were and crafted) should be in the same tense since both happened at the same time in the past.

A.This correct sentence is written such that the subject and verb agree

B.had been renowned is improperly constructed in the past perfect tense, implying that the Assyrian Empire stopped being known for renown warriors before its people crafted well-preserved art

C.The comma improperly splits the sentence, creating a comma splice

D.The subject (people, which is plural) does not agree with the verb (was, which is singular)

E.The use of the participle crafting is improper and should be replaced by a verb
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The people of the ancient Assyrian Empire were renowned warriors, although they also crafted some of the best-preserved ancient art.

(A) were renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(B) had been renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(C) were renowned warriors, and also crafted
(D) was renowned warriors, although they also crafted
(E) were renowned warriors, but also crafting


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The subject (people, which is plural) must agree with the verb (were, which is plural).

The two verbs (were and crafted) should be in the same tense since both happened at the same time in the past.

A. This correct sentence is written such that the subject and verb agree

B. had been renowned is improperly constructed in the past perfect tense, implying that the Assyrian Empire stopped being known for renown warriors before its people crafted well-preserved art

C. The comma improperly splits the sentence, creating a comma splice

D. The subject (people, which is plural) does not agree with the verb (was, which is singular)

E. The use of the participle crafting is improper and should be replaced by a verb
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Although A seems to be the best available option.
In the correct answer two independent clauses need to be joined by a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS). Is the use of subordinating conjunction - Although after comma grammatically allowed?

Can someone please explain?
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