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Select the ONE auxiliary verb in the following sentence.
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{{1:In}} {{2:the}} {{3:offing}} {{4:the}} {{5:sea}} {{6:and}} {{7:the}} {{8:sky}} {{9:were}} {{10:welded}} {{11:together}} {{12:without}} {{13:a}} {{14:joint}}, {{15:and}} {{16:in}} {{17:the}} {{18:luminous}} {{19:space}} {{20:the}} {{21:tanned}} {{22:sails}} {{23:of}} {{24:the}} {{25:barges}} {{26:drifting}} {{27:up}} {{28:with}} {{29:the}} {{30:tide}} {{31:seemed}} {{32:to}} {{33:stand}} {{34:still}} {{35:in}} {{36:red}} {{37:clusters}} {{38:of}} {{39:canvas}} {{40:sharply}} {{41:peaked}}, {{42:with}} {{43:gleams}} {{44:of}} {{45:varnished}} {{46:sprits}}.

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Blackwood's Magazine, 1902.

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{{9:were}}

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