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A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.

(A) A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.
(B) After passing through a red giant stage, depending on its mass, a star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(C) After passing through a red giant stage, a star’s mass will determine if it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(D) Mass determines whether a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(E) The mass of a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will determine whether it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
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New post 23 Aug 2005, 15:54
I'm going to go with B, but I am not positive.

A star passes through a red giant stage...
it's mass referes to a star
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New post 24 Aug 2005, 08:44
Agree with D. Correct modifier placement

A- misplaced modifier

B- "depending on its mass" is supposed to modify the star, not its red giant stage

C and E- the star passes through the red giant stage, not its mass
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New post 26 Aug 2005, 09:40
Another D.

The misplaced modifier rule is tested here.

A is wrong, because a star cannot go through all the stages listed.
B is wrong, because instead of the star, the sentence refers to the red giant stage.
C is wrong, because a star's mass won't go though the red giant stage
D is CORRECT.
E is wrong, Same as C
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New post 26 Aug 2005, 18:23
I say B.....Coz the first clause correctly modifies 'a star'.

My 2nd pick would be E.

please let me know what the OA is.
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New post 27 Aug 2005, 17:13
B isn't right b/c "depending on its mass" modifies red giant phase not a star.
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New post 28 Aug 2005, 06:29
I would go for D 'coz of correct use of modifier.

A : Improper usage of Pronoun

B : 'its' again, is the problem.

C : The modifier is modifying the 'star's mass' rather than star it self.

E : The meaning of the sentense is changed.


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A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.

(A) A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.
(B) After passing through a red giant stage, depending on its mass, a star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(C) After passing through a red giant stage, a star’s mass will determine if it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(D) Mass determines whether a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(E) The mass of a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will determine whether it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.

IMO it's D. correct placement of the subclause....after pass....
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