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Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them with the ferocity of a small tornado.

A) Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them

B) Coming in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind

C) After they had come in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind

D) After coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them

E) As they had come in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them

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Re: SC-tornado [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2009, 20:51
tough Q...IMO E...stuck in between C and E....however C is passive..therefore E wins
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Re: SC-tornado [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2009, 20:56
vscid wrote:
Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them with the ferocity of a small tornado.

A) Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
B) Coming in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
C) After they had come in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
D) After coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
E) As they had come in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them



What a wired question?

A. no referent for "they"? wow! :?
B/C: passive
D: after is unnecessary
E: Order of tense problem?

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Re: SC-tornado [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2009, 21:15
yes it is weired....but best ampng the worst is E.... :twisted:
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vscid wrote:
Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them with the ferocity of a small tornado.

A) Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
B) Coming in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
C) After they had come in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
D) After coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
E) As they had come in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them



What a wired question?

A. no referent for "they"? wow! :?
B/C: passive
D: after is unnecessary
E: Order of tense problem?
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Re: SC-tornado [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2009, 08:53
Is B wrong only bcos it is passive? E is giving an impression that they were hit by wind after they had come in. so my choice is B (though it is passive :( )
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Re: SC-tornado [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2009, 10:56
I choose C. I know it is passive but 'they' were hit by.... so the major focus is on 'they' and I think that is right..
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Re: SC-tornado [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2009, 11:25
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Is B wrong only bcos it is passive? E is giving an impression that they were hit by wind after they had come in. so my choice is B (though it is passive :( )
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What is the exact meaning of this sentence anyways?
To me it indicates that they were hit after they came in.......

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Re: SC-tornado [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2009, 12:31
vscid wrote:
Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them with the ferocity of a small tornado.

A) Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them

B) Coming in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind

C) After they had come in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind

D) After coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them

E) As they had come in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them



coming in from the rain should modify people and not gust of wind

B & C remain. C is clearly lengthy and uses past perfect unnecessarily.

B remains

Passive voice should be avoided only when an alternative better active voice choice is present.
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Re: SC-tornado [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2009, 20:38
I would go with B too. B is the only one that maintains the tense/sequence of events. While they were coming in the rain, they were hit by the tornado. E changes the meaning to they were hit by the tornado after they had come in the rain.

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Re: SC-tornado [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2009, 20:50
I will go with B.

This is an example of misplaced modifier. Who is "Coming in from the rain"? -- They and not the gust of wind.

So, I cross out A, D and E. C is wordy. So, B is the answer.
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