English Structure





Example-8




Question


……………………late 1960’s more than five million adults were believed to be enrolled in correspondence study in the USA.

(A) The

(B) In the

(C) It was in the

(D) When in the

Analysis


This is a question on the use of the correct prepositional phrases.

The phrase with choice (A), The late 1960’s is in the nature of a noun forming the object, but is has no predicate form following it. So, (A) is wrong.

(B) completes the sentence, giving a meaningful sentence. So, (B) is the answer.

(C) gives the version:

It was in the late 1960’s more than five million adults were believed to be enrolled in correspondence study in the USA.

There is a subordinate clause in the first part whereas there is no conjunction to connect the two parts. So, this is also (C) is also wrong one.

The choice (D) gives the version:

When in the late 1960’s more than five million adults were believed to be enrolled in correspondence study in the USA.

This sentence also goes without main clause. The whole sentence is a subordinate clause. So this is also (D) a wrong one.

So, we can choose (B) as the answer.

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