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This question presents a sentence, part of which or all of which is underlined. Beneath the sentence, you will find five ways of phrasing the underlined part. The first of these repeats the original; the other four are different. If you think the original is best, choose the first answer; otherwise, choose one of the others.

Being born in British India in 1903 and a soldier in the Imperial Army, novelist Eric Blair has resided in Burma, Paris, and London, finally settling in London near the end of his life.

A

being born in British India in 1903 and a soldier in the Imperial Army, novelist has

B

having been a soldier in the Imperial Army, novelist Eric Blair was born in British India in 1903

C

born in British India in 1903, novelist Eric Blair served as a soldier in the Imperial Army, and he

D

being born in British India in 1903 and having served in the Imperial Army, novelist Eric Blair

E

having been born in British India in 1903 and being a soldier in the Imperial Army, novelist Eric Blair

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