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I have the following sentence. One of the bold words is used in a wrong way, so what is the mistake and how to correct it?

That is spurred the great explorations of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries was the desire to find a more expeditious route to the spice supplies of the Far East

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    Is it That is spurred or That spurred in your original exercise? Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 8:44

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The first two words in the sentence are incorrect. I can't think of any construction to replace just the first word. One could perhaps write:

The main economic force that spurred the great explorations of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries was the desire to find a more expeditious route to the spice supplies of the Far East.

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I Think we can remove" That " from the sentence and so far start it that way " The great explorations of the fifteenth and sixteenth spurred in(to) the desire to find a more expeditious route to the spice supplies in the Far East"

But as in the first answer proposed is better.

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The simplest correction is to change "That is" to "What" :

What spurred the great explorations of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries was the desire to find a more expeditious route to the spice supplies of the Far East.

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