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Can some one tell me which one is the correct choice and why

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Can some one tell me which one is the correct choice and why

The driver took for a ride the people who had been waiting

The driver took the people for a ride who had been waiting

The driver took the people who had been waiting for a ride



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Re: SENTENCE CORRECTION - NEED TO GET THIS [#permalink] New post 22 May 2010, 20:55
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The last one is the one that sounds the nicest. Doesn't mean it is right but I would never ever write the way the first two have it.

As for why, I think it's just the proper ordering:

The driver took for a ride the people who had been waiting
You don't "take for a ride the people." This is like, straight up Yoda speak going on here.

The driver took the people for a ride who had been waiting
The "who had been waiting" left out at the end is awkward. Because you can just end the sentence at: "The driver took the people for a ride," and it sounds fine then all of sudden these extra words come tumbling in and it gets weird.

The driver took the people who had been waiting for a ride
Connecting the 'who' directly to the 'people' makes more sense. They were waiting for a ride. Who? The people.

I realize this is not a very pragmatic way of explaining this, so someone else with knowledge of how to use "modifier" and that sort of jazz should probably come in and explain. But for me the choice is quite clear even if I can't articulate the reasoning very well.
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Re: SENTENCE CORRECTION - NEED TO GET THIS [#permalink] New post 22 May 2010, 21:25
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Can some one tell me which one is the correct choice and why

The driver took for a ride the people who had been waiting

The driver took the people for a ride who had been waiting

The driver took the people who had been waiting for a ride



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Option 2 is incorrect because WHO should clearly modify PEOPLE not the RIDE.

Between option no. 1 and 3, I think option no. 3 is correct as explained above.
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Re: SENTENCE CORRECTION - NEED TO GET THIS [#permalink] New post 24 May 2010, 07:01
option 3 is correct.

The driver took for a ride the people who had been waiting - .....took for a ride the people.....very awkward

The driver took the people for a ride who had been waiting - 'ride who had been waiting' is incorrect

The driver took the people who had been waiting for a ride - 'took the people who had been waiting.....correct
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