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8. The young man was surprised to find that his experience as a tutor had been used as the basis for the protagonist in a short story written by a former girlfriend.

A. that his experience as a tutor had been used as the basis for the protagonist in
B. his experience as a tutor having been used as the protagonist in
C. his experience as a tutor had been used as the basis for the protagonist's in
D. his experience as a tutor being used as the basis for the protagonist of
E. that his experience as a tutor had been used as the basis for events in the life of the protagonist in
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Why C is worng?
And I didn't get your explanation about
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the is necessary here for a reporting verb "find"

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Sorry, I meant "that", not the, and I've edited my post above. Also, read the section "verb + (that)" in these two links :

http://www.eslbase.com/grammar/reporting-verbs

http://esl.about.com/library/grammar/bl ... gverbs.htm
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Is this actually a type of sentence correction? Which SC category does this fits in? I mean Subject-Verb error, or Pronoun Error etc ?

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C uses possessive - wrong
D - uses being - wrong
B - uses having been - wrong in this context

Between A & E, A uses wrong style in describing experience as basis for protagonist. Experience cannot be a basis for protagonist. Experience can be used to describe something done by protagonist..

E is the answer
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Hey guys ,

can someone guide me where exactly do we use the word 'that' ? are there any rules depicting the use of the word that?

any help would be appreciated.
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Answer is E.

Usage of that.

That is to be used in
1. restrictive clauses
2. after subjunctive verbs
3. after reporting verbs
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Answer is E.

Usage of that.

That is to be used in
1. restrictive clauses
2. after subjunctive verbs
3. after reporting verbs


Can you please elobrate on the three points mentioned above?
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