English Grammar

English Grammar

Postby Ann on Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:53 pm

Chilean writer Roberto BolaƱo, A who spent much of his life in Mexico and Spain,
B first achieved -----------
------------------ international recognition with his novel The Savage Detectives, a
C story of writers in early 1970s
----------- Mexico City who embark on a road trip into the Sonora Desert
D in search of a vanished poet.
E No error.
Which version is right in your opinion A,B,C,D or E. I think that it is A who had spent.
Thank you very much

Re: English Grammar

Postby prof on Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:56 pm

There is nothing in the sentence which suggests that this writer moved from Mexico or Spain after he gained international recognition, so the simple past is fine for A.

In fact, I suspect the 'correct' answer is 'E'. However, this depends whether the person who prepared the question knows that properly speaking one does not 'achieve' recognition. You gain, win or earn it.

This is because an achievement is something you do, while recognition is something others do to you. So gaining recognition is an achievement, but you personally do the gaining, not the recognizing. However, even English speakers get this wrong, so the person who set the test may have done so as well.
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