During the first one hundred fifty years of existence of this republic, no one expected the press was
fair; newspapers were mostly shrill, scurrilous, and partisan.
(B) to be
(C) of being
(D) should be
(E) had to be
The error in this question is one of an inappropriate preposition. The proper idiomatic phrase is ‘expected the press to be fair’,and not ‘expected the press was fair’.
(B) corrects this error and is the answer.
The phrases ‘expected’ of being’, ‘expected should be’ and ‘expected had to be’ in the other three choices are all as wrong as ‘expected was fair’.
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