Sentence Correction
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Q.

The National Library has recently acquired a manuscript by Jenkins that should provide answers to the much-disputed question of the extent to which this author’s work had been altered by her editors in the years before she died.

 A.

the extent to which this author’s work had been altered by her editors in the years before she died

 B.

the extent this author’s editors altered her work in the years before she died

 C.

how much the work of this author had been altered in the years before her death by her editors

 D.

the extent her editors altered this author’s work in the years before her death

 E.

the extent to which this author’s work was altered by her editors in the years before she died

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Solution:
Option(A) is correct

The past perfect tense (in this case, ‘had altered’ or ‘had been altered’) is used for an event that precedes another event in the past (in this case, ‘died’), and therefore A is better than E.

The other problem to consider is word order. The altering was or was not done in the years before her death, whereas answers B and D imply that the work was in those years, not the alterations.

 Answer C incorrectly puts ‘by her editors’ after the word ‘death’.


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