he had hardly left the office when the telephone rang

Comprehension

Directions: In this section, look at the underlined part of each sentence. Below each sentence is given three possible substitutions for the underlined part. If one of them (1), (2) or (3) is better phàn nàn the underlined part, indicate your response against the corresponding number (1), (2), or (3). If none of the substitutions improves the sentence, indicate (4) as your response on the Answer Sheet. Thus, a "No improvement" response will be signified by the letter (4).

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  1. he had reached
  2. did he reached
  3. he reached
  4. No improvement

Answer (Detailed Solution Below)

Option 4 : No improvement

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The correct answer is Option 4 i.e No improvement

Explanation     

When hardly is used in a sentence:

  • It means that one sự kiện quickly followed another. 
  • In such a case the verb describing the earlier sự kiện is in the past perfect tense.
    • In the given sentence the sự kiện of reaching home
  • If hardly is used in the initial position the subject and auxiliary verbs get inverted.
    • He had reached changes to had he reached

Thus we get the sentence 'Hardly had he reached' home when the telephone rang. Thus no improvement in the given sentence. 

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