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When the volunteers arrived at the concert, they were given the choice

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When the volunteers arrived at the concert, they were given the choice of to either work in concessions or cleaning up after the event.

a) they were given the choice of to either work
b) a choice was given them of either working
c) they had the choice of to work
d) giving them the choice of either to work
e) they had the choice of either working

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New post 20 Aug 2017, 12:02
Lets evaluate the various answer options

a) they were given the choice of to either work - Not parallel to cleaning up
b) a choice was given them of either working - awkward formation
c) they had the choice of to work - awkward formation
d) giving them the choice of either to work - Not parallel to cleaning up
e) they had the choice of either working - corrects the parallelism errors in original sentence (Correct choice)

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When the volunteers arrived at the concert, they were given the choice of to either work in concessions or cleaning up after the event.

a) they were given the choice of to either work
b) a choice was given them of either working
c) they had the choice of to work
d) giving them the choice of either to work
e) they had the choice of either working

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There are two issues with the original sentence.
1. Verb tense simple past (was/were) is incorrect here because volunteers already had the choice before starting the work. Hence "had" needs to be used.---This eliminates Option A, B & D (D has no verb)
2. "either or" construction needs to be parallel in structure. In Option C "either" has been omitted, leading to comparison error.

Hence Option E
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