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# When Mary Webb died at the age of forty-six, literature lost

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When Mary Webb died at the age of forty-six, literature lost a voice the promised to speak for Shropshire with the poignancy that Thomas Hardy had spoken for Wessex and Emily Bronte did for Yorkshire.

a) with the poignancy that Thomas Hardy had spoken for Wessex and Emily Bronte did
b) with poignancy like that with which Thomas Hardy had spoken for Wessex and Emily Bronte had
c) as poignantly as Thomas hardy for Wessex, and Emily Bronte spoke
d) as poignantly as Thomas Hardy had spoken for Wessex, and Emily Bronte
e) poignantly, as did Thomas Hardy for Wessex, and Emily Bronte had spoken

Initially, I picked b.
After checking OA, I looked over the question again and tried to find errors in each choices.
This is my reasoning, and I'd like you to tell me your opinion about my reasoning.
Thanks.

< My reasoning >
a) tense problem : Thomas had spoken, Emily did

b) wordy

c) spoke should have been had spoke because it happened earlier than main clause.

d) OA

e) tense problem : did , had spoken

Originally posted by eybrj2 on 12 Feb 2012, 00:46.
Last edited by broall on 04 Dec 2017, 19:01, edited 1 time in total.
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12 Feb 2012, 18:19
I would attack the problem as a parallelism problem.

Once I understand the meaning that the original sentence is saying

1) Mary Webb promised to speak for Shropshire
2) Thomas Hardy had spoken for Wessex
3) Emily Bronte had spoken for Yorkshire

Our aim is to keep these 3 items in the list in parallel. Only D does that.

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+1 for D.Parallelism is tested here .
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13 Feb 2012, 22:35
I get wrong this question. Nice question. Thank :D.
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I guess in D either "had" is missing erroneously or assumed to be and that is why missing. The only difference between B and D is that B is wordy.
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I guess in D either "had" is missing erroneously or assumed to be and that is why missing. The only difference between B and D is that B is wordy.

Not just "had", but also "spoken" is missing, and the absence is not erroneous. In parallel structure it is alright to eliminate the repeated parts, even verbs, from the second element of the structure.

.....as poignantly as Thomas Hardy had spoken for Wessex, AND Emily Bronte had spoken for Yorkshire.

Parallelism marker: AND
First element: green highlighted
Second element: purple highlighted- verb "had spoken" omitted from the second element.
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10 Oct 2017, 11:33
Only D is parallel. You can remove repeated construction in parallelism
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