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213. Clark and Florence Wallace, a husband-and-wife medical team, worked steadily and efficiently through the night, but sipping their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented.
(A) sipping their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented
(B) sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed to be disoriented, she noticed
(C) as they sipped their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented
(D) as they were sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed, she noticed, disoriented
(E) he seemed disoriented, she noticed, sipping their coffee the next morning
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Re: 213/1000 - sipping coffee [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 21:20
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A means they were sipping coffee throughout the night. That is not intended at all :-)

So I will go with phrase "as they sipped". Next morning she realized something different about her husband. That happens very often ;-) ha ha
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Re: 213/1000 - sipping coffee [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 21:47
:-D

but she realized it while the action of sipping the coffee was on going. So, shouldn't D be the answer?
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Re: 213/1000 - sipping coffee [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 21:55
Its too awkward. "he seemed, she noticed". seemed and noticed mean the same. Very funny SC

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but she realized it while the action of sipping the coffee was on going. So, shouldn't D be the answer?
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Re: 213/1000 - sipping coffee [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 22:04
A B E confusion about subject- who was ipping their coffe- he? :P
D is awckward because of placement of verb phrases
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Re: 213/1000 - sipping coffee [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 22:26
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When you use the pronoun ‘their’ for sipping the coffee, then a plural subject such as ‘they’ or ‘he and she; should follow as the modified subject. Choices A, B and E instead use the singular she or he. Hence they are out. Between C and D, the former is better because it avoids the use of past progressive and the unnecessary splitting of the verb phrase ‘seemed disoriented” by ‘she noticed’

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Re: 213/1000 - sipping coffee [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2011, 06:25
Can someone confirm whether option B, D AND E are run-on?
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