Sentence Correction
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Q.

An analysis of sixteenth century probate inventories in the major English towns show that even some artisans and yeomen owned silver spoons, cups or salt cellars.

 A.

show that even some artisans and yeomen owned silver spoons, cups or 

 B.

show that some artisans and yeomen even owned silver spoons, cups or

 C.

show that even some artisans and yeomen owned silver spoons, cups and

 D.

shows that some artisans and yeomen owned even silver spoons, cups and 

 E.

shows that even some artisans and yeomen owned silver spoons, cups or

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Solution:
Option(E) is correct

The subject of the sentence is ‘analysis’ and therefore the verb should be the singular ‘shows’. Hence either D or E must be correct.

The word ‘even’ should be in front of the word which it qualifies. The intention is to express surprise that some artisans owned silver, as indicated in E by putting ‘even’ in front of ‘artisans’, and not surprise at the spoons as implied in D.

In E, the correct answer, the word ‘or’ seems preferable because the artisan or yeoman might own any of the items and not necessarily all the items as would be implied by the use of ‘and’.


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Poonam Rajpal
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option a and e are the same...