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# Bill Walton continued on playing, even though he had

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Bill Walton continued on playing, even though he had injuries that recurred over and over again, always hoping to return back to his position as a regular starter in the game he loved.
(A) on playing, even though he had injuries that recurred over and over again, always hoping to return back
(B) playing, in spite of recurrent injuries, always hoping to return
(C) playing, though injured over and over, and he was always hoping to return back
(D) on playing, even with injuries that recurred, and always hoped to return
(E) to play, despite recurring injuries, hoping that the return

Can anyone please tell me why B is correct and C is incorrect?
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12 Sep 2007, 12:09
bibi wrote:
Bill Walton continued on playing, even though he had injuries that recurred over and over again, always hoping to return back to his position as a regular starter in the game he loved.
(A) on playing, even though he had injuries that recurred over and over again, always hoping to return back
(B) playing, in spite of recurrent injuries, always hoping to return
(C) playing, though injured over and over, and he was always hoping to return back
(D) on playing, even with injuries that recurred, and always hoped to return
(E) to play, despite recurring injuries, hoping that the return

Can anyone please tell me why B is correct and C is incorrect?
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BiBi, B looks as follows:
Bill Walton continued playing, in spite of recurrent injuries, always hoping to returnto his position as a regular starter in the game he loved.

Bill Walton continued playing ... always hoping to returnto his position as a regular starter in the game he loved.

information in between commas can be omitted and if it makes sense then it is fine.

C has much to be made reduntand, also. ...and he was always hoping to return back... - gramatically incorrect use of the clause in this sentence

So B
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12 Sep 2007, 12:20
Hi Ravshonbek,

But in the sentence:
Bill Walton continued playing ... always hoping to return to his position as a regular starter in the game he loved.

shouldn't the word "and" stand before always?
I find a word is missing there and therefore did not choose B.

Ahh, I see why C is wrong now. The words "return back" in C is wordy.

hehe

Again, thanks for your help Ravshonbek!
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12 Sep 2007, 12:31
bibi wrote:
Hi Ravshonbek,

But in the sentence:
Bill Walton continued playing ... always hoping to return to his position as a regular starter in the game he loved.

shouldn't the word "and" stand before always?
I find a word is missing there and therefore did not choose B.

Ahh, I see why C is wrong now. The words "return back" in C is wordy.

hehe

Again, thanks for your help Ravshonbek!

hoping to return.... is a particpial phrase. always is an adverb that ETS throws in to modify the particpial phrase. it is fine.
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12 Sep 2007, 12:44
Hi bmwhype2,

What is a particpial phrase?
Could you please explain/give me an example?
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13 Sep 2007, 10:48
bibi wrote:
Bill Walton continued on playing, even though he had injuries that recurred over and over again, always hoping to return back to his position as a regular starter in the game he loved.
(A) on playing, even though he had injuries that recurred over and over again, always hoping to return back
(B) playing, in spite of recurrent injuries, always hoping to return
(C) playing, though injured over and over, and he was always hoping to return back
(D) on playing, even with injuries that recurred, and always hoped to return
(E) to play, despite recurring injuries, hoping that the return

Can anyone please tell me why B is correct and C is incorrect?
Thanks

B is correct because it correctly uses the term "in spite of." I found a great explanation of this earlier by someone else. Coincidentilly his example is very similar to the SC above.

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"In spite of" is not the correct usage here. In spite of is meant to indicate a major contrast.
"In spite of his two broken legs, he managed to finish the marathon."

In our sentence, Horace paints the way he does simply because of something else, not in spite of it.

Someone can probably explain better. And if I'm wrong, then disregard as this is just my \$.02
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13 Sep 2007, 10:54
bibi wrote:
Bill Walton continued on playing, even though he had injuries that recurred over and over again, always hoping to return back to his position as a regular starter in the game he loved.
(A) on playing, even though he had injuries that recurred over and over again, always hoping to return back
(B) playing, in spite of recurrent injuries, always hoping to return
(C) playing, though injured over and over, and he was always hoping to return back
(D) on playing, even with injuries that recurred, and always hoped to return
(E) to play, despite recurring injuries, hoping that the return

Can anyone please tell me why B is correct and C is incorrect?
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(A) continued on =>redundant
(B) OK
(C) return back =>redundant
(D) continued on =>redundant
(E) incomplete sentence
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