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# The record of the past is always incomplete, and the

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The record of the past is always incomplete, and the historian who writes about it inevitably reflects the preoccupations of their own time.
(A) the historian who writes about it inevitably reflects
(B) the historian writing about it will inevitably reflect
(C) a historian writing about it inevitably reflects
(D) writing about it, it is inevitable for historians to reflect
(E) historians in writing about it inevitable reflect

OA = (E)

I would appreciate it very much if someone can explain the answer to me.

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PB

P.S.: I have noticed that it seems some of the questions of the SC885 come from the OG... is that right or is my mind playing tricks on me?

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06 Aug 2004, 20:23
1. "preoccupations of their own time" shows that the subject should be plural; So A, B and C are wrong.

2. D is "The record of the past is always incomplete, and the writing about it, it is inevitable for historians to reflect the preoccupations of their own time."
It would have made sense if we have "and when writing about it" instead of "and the writing about it". Also, D is in passive voice. E seems better of the two.

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09 Aug 2004, 07:47
Thank you for the reply! I haven't noticed the "their" in the sentence. Silly me! However, I feel this is one of the cases in which the correction is still awkward...

Thanks!
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09 Aug 2004, 11:07
Pbabyfly,
Are you sure about the underlined portion. Looks like we can come to the answer much easily than we imagine.

as per your underlining, we cannot have two article 'the' and 'a' continously and ofcourse choice D is wrong.

I sincerely feel this question cant be so easy. I assume that the article 'the' is also underlined along with the main sentence.

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