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Sentence Correction: Tenses - Past Simple and Progressive

Linguists have been paying more scholarly attention to the English spoken in regions of Louisiana, in which certain dialects displayed linguistic features inherited from the French dialects previously spoken there in the past.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and stylistically flawed. It uses the Past Simple (displayed), which is normally used to describe historical facts or actions that occurred at a certain point in the finished past, to describe a fact or a general truth of today.

In addition, this answer choice is redundant. The phrase in the past repeats the meaning of the word previously.

Well done!

This answer choice corrects the Tense mistake in the original question, by changing the Past Simple form displayed to the Present Simple form display. It also corrects the stylistic flaw by eliminating the redundant word previously.

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the redundancy in the original question by eliminating the phrase in the past, it is grammatically incorrect.

This sentence requires the use of the Present Simple tense, to describe a fact or generalization about the English currently spoken in regions of Louisiana. This answer choice, however, incorrectly uses the Past Perfect  (had displayed).

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original redundancy, by eliminating the phrase in the past, it repeats the tense mistake in the original question.

The corrected sentence uses the Past Simple (displayed), which is normally used to describe historical facts or actions that occurred at a certain point in the finished past, to describe a fact or a general truth of today.

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the Tense mistake in the original question, by changing the Past Simple displayed to the Present Simple display, it is stylistically flawed and illogical.

The phrase that had previously been spoken in the region is wordy; the same meaning can be expressed more concisely.

In addition, by adding the relative pronoun that before inherited, the corrected sentence unnecessarily changes the meaning and logic of the original question.

In the original question the English dialects inherited linguistic features from the historical French dialects, whereas the corrected sentence illogically states that the linguistic features inherited (what?) from the French dialects. This is illogical because the sentence doesn't tell us what the linguistic features inherited.

where certain dialects display linguistic features inherited from the French dialects spoken there in the past
in which certain dialects had displayed linguistic features inherited from the French dialects previously spoken there
where certain dialects displayed linguistic features inherited from the region's previously spoken French dialects
where certain dialects display linguistic features that inherited from the French dialects that had previously been spoken in the region
in which certain dialects displayed linguistic features inherited from the French dialects previously spoken there in the past