Sentence Correction
Verbal Ability

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Q.

Moule’s review served as a welcome encouragement to the author: Hardy set to work with renewed vigour and finished the serial ahead of time.

 A.

served as a welcome encouragement to the author: Hardy 

 B.

served a welcome encouragement to Hardy, and the author 

 C.

was welcome as an encouragement to Hardy, the author 

 D.

was a welcome encouragement to the author, Hardy

 E.

served as a welcome encouragement to the author, Hardy

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Solution:
Option(A) is correct

The sentence is fine as it is. Options C, D and E are all incorrect because they contain the ‘comma splice’ error – you cannot join two complete sentences with only a comma, you need a conjunction or a colon or semicolon.

The expression ‘served a welcome’ is unidiomatic; ‘served as’ is correct in this case.


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