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# In 1719 the Meissen manufacturers found a way of combining kaolin

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19 Jan 2019, 07:49
daagh sir

Any solid reason to eliminate “ A “
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15 Feb 2019, 09:05
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in choice A, "for centuries" make continuous tense wrong."for + time" is used with simple past or past perfect but not with " continuous tense.
so, this makes choice A wrong.
continuous tense is use with time indicators showing a point of time such as presently, at the momont to emphsize the action is happening now, at the time of speaking.
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16 Feb 2019, 08:58
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Soujam wrote

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Hi, why A is incorrect? It sounds more logical to me....on the contrary in answer D seems that we are comparing the WAY found by manufactures, instead of comparing the hard-paste porcelain.

'Comparable' cannot modify the way, either grammatically or logically.

1. 'Comparable', an adjective, has to modify the noun that it touches and if not appropriate, the nearest another noun.
It might be seen there are at least four other nouns before it can touch the way.

2. Logically, we can see that the importers bought a product, not a process before they made the invention.

The only problem with D is that the choice unnecessarily drops the phrase from the Far East, something people may object as not carrying the original intent in full. However, many others may argue that the Far East or the Far West is not the critical issue as long as that the importing was the fact rather than from where.

With regard to the justification of past perfect, the related later event is that the people found something in 1719. It is clear that before this invention, people had imported it. Therefore, it is passable to use a past perfect, as it is neither unidiomatic nor ungrammatical. By using the word 'had'' we are only adding to the clarity.

In addition, look at the word 'for centuries.' The preposition 'for' is a perfect tense marker of both present perfect and past perfect tenses.

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Is underline portion cover ", comparable " or not? If yes, D is correct, otherwise, D is wrong

Ans: The underlining starts even before that in the prompt and includes 'which was". Therefore, it definitely covers comparable.
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16 Feb 2019, 09:12
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A solid reason to eliminate A?

Perhaps it is not grammar but the style I suppose. First, the phrase 'which was' is superfluous. It adds to the verbiage

Second, the passive could have been avoided, as there is a more dynamic active voice in Choice D.

Third, the word 'for centuries' gives an edge to D over A, as one can now use past perfect without hesitation, making things more clear.
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17 Feb 2019, 06:04
In my opinion, the issue with A is "which was" . It seems the two things are no longer comparable.
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05 Mar 2019, 21:16
I think this is not good problem
had done is not used to show an action which continued until a point in the past.
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05 Mar 2019, 21:29
crick20002002 wrote:
+1 for D.

C uses the wrong tense(has imported). We are talking about 1719 here. (distant past). We need a past perfect to establish that import happened before the 1719 - invention.

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D does not have the full statement from the original one .

It is missing words ' from far East '

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12 Jun 2019, 02:19
Can anyone pls explain whats wrong with E ?
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