Sentence Correction
Verbal Ability

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Q.

In archaeological terms the university was a latecomer to the town, which was already centuries old by the time we first hear of the establishment of a community of scholars and teachers in the late 12th Century.

 A.

which was already centuries old by the time we first hear of the establishment of

 B.

already centuries old by the time we first hear of its establishment of 

 C.

which was centuries old already when we first hear of the establishment of 

 D.

that was already centuries old by the time we first are hearing of the establishing of 

 E.

that was already centuries old by the time we first hear that they had established

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Solution:
Option(A) is correct

There is nothing wrong with the use of ‘which’ in choice A, since the description correctly refers to the work in front of the comma. It is better not t spend time worrying over the choice between ‘that’ and ‘which’ – look for other clear-cut problems.

We can eliminate E because the pronoun ‘they’ does not have an antecedent. We can eliminate D because it is too wordy and uses ‘establishing’ when ‘establishment’ would have been better.

We can eliminate C because ‘already’ is in the wrong place. And finally we can eliminate B because the use of ‘its’ makes the sentence less clear than what we have in A


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