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The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s

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Prateek176 wrote:
Transcendentalist wrote:
The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was
B) it was becoming clear that they were
C) they were becoming clear that it was
D) it was
E) it was clearly


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I am still not clear on why D and E are incorrect


Prateek176,

there are some stringent rules that have to be followed; one of these rules (a pivotal one) says that meaning of the original sentence should remain unchanged.
In the event an answer choice does involve a change in the meaning of the original sentence, it is not the answer choice you seek for.

1) it was becoming clear that he was at fault [...]

The case would be: after someone had vividly described a situation to you, it became more clear that...

2) it was clear that he was at fault [...]

Can you infer from this part of the sentence that something was becoming clear? No. It was clear. The meaning has been changed.
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Prateek176 wrote:
Transcendentalist wrote:
The Queensway Tunnel was built in the 1930s, but by the early 1960s, it was becoming clear that it was carrying much more traffic than had ever been envisaged when it was first opened.

A) it was becoming clear that it was
B) it was becoming clear that they were
C) they were becoming clear that it was
D) it was
E) it was clearly


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I am still not clear on why D and E are incorrect


Grammatically, both (A) and (D) are correct.
In (E), I just don't like the placement of the adverb "clearly" that much, since it seems to be modifying "carrying".

But the intent of the sentence is "it was becoming clear that the tunnel would not suffice".

Similar to the intent of this sentence - Though I have been studying for many hours every day, it is becoming clear that I am nowhere close to my target score.

Hence, (A) brings out that contrast - Though it was built in 1930s, by 1960s it was becoming clear that it was carrying traffic beyond its capacity.
Tunnels are supposed to last many centuries but within 30 years, it was carrying way too much traffic.
All this is lost in option (D).
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