I have to choose a mistake in the sentence

"The path was made by the walkers which crossed the mountain each summer".

Which letter is not standard English, and why?

A. was made

B. which


D. each

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    The non-standard word (not letter) in your context is which, which should be who (or feasibly that). The word each has no implications as regards past, present, or future summers - we only know the sentence is talking about past summers because of the past tense verb forms was made and crossed. Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 14:46
  • @FumbleFingers - By "letter", I'm pretty sure the OP meant A, B, C, or D (in this case, B).
    – J.R.
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 14:59
  • @J.R.♦: Very likely. But at the very least it's unusual / distracting phrasing that native speakers wouldn't be likely to use in this context. So I think if it passed unremarked, that might well be misleading for some of the target audience here. Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 15:52

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Only verbs have tense so your question about past and present meanings of each makes no sense because it is not a verb.

The answer wanted is to replace which by who because who refers to people whereas which does not.

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