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Covered with low shrubs, the quality of the land along the seashore is sandy and unsuitable for agricultural use.

a)

b) Covered with low shrubs, the land along the seashore is sandy and unsuitable for agriculture.

c) The land along the seashore, covered with low shrubs, is sandy and has a quality ubsuitable for agricultural use.

d) The land along the seashore is covered with low shrubs, sandy, and is unsuitable for agriculture.

e) The quality o the land along the seashore, covered with low shrubs, is sandy and unsuitable for agricultural use.

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Last edited by abhimahna on 29 Oct 2016, 09:33, edited 1 time in total.
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03 Feb 2012, 22:18
IMO B
Covered with low shrubs ( past participle) is correctly modifying the land (subject).
sandy and unsuitable are two problems and are parallel.
though E is shown the correct choice, however Covered with low shrubs ( past participle) is incorrectly modifying "The quality" ( which should have been THE LAND) ..
Qualities can't be covered
correct me if i am wrong.
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04 Feb 2012, 02:10
In my opinion also B should be the answer.
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08 Feb 2012, 06:47
I also agree that the answer should be B. Given that with E the low shrubs are modifying the quality I don't understand why B is not the correct answer.
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09 Feb 2012, 18:58
I also picked b, but OA is e. Why~~~~~~~~~~~
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09 Feb 2012, 19:33
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Covered with low shrubs, the quality of the land along the seashore is sandy and unsuitable for agricultural use.

a)

b) Covered with low shrubs, the land along the seashore is sandy and unsuitable for agriculture.

c) The land along the seashore, covered with low shrubs, is sandy and has a quality ubsuitable for agricultural use.

d) The land along the seashore is covered with low shrubs, sandy, and is unsuitable for agriculture.

e) The quality o the land along the seashore, covered with low shrubs, is sandy and unsuitable for agricultural use.

Covered with low shrubs incorrectly modifies the quality.
B) Corrects the modifier error (correctly modifies the land). Concise.
C) Grammatically correct but awkward construction.
D) Parallelism error when describing the land. ... is covered with low shrubs, is sandy, and is unsuitable...
E) Incorrectly modifies the seashore; when the main subject is the land.

On my first attempt, I selected B as my answer. But after pondering awhile, I think E should be the answer. The main subject is the quality; covered with low shrubs can also modify the seashore. Furthermore, Original sentence is discussing about the quality of the land and I think we cannot simply assume that in B.
What is the actual explanation of the OA?
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14 Feb 2012, 23:41
Unfortunately, there is no official explanation for this Q.
That's why I posted here.
But your reasoning makes sense. still don't get why b is not the answer though
Based on your explanation, I think that the reason that b is not the answer is that b changes focus into the land while the focus is the quality in the original sentence like e.
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14 Feb 2012, 23:51
The correct answer is B as the low shrubs is correctly modifying the land.
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15 Feb 2012, 06:17
I think B is correct.

The quality is sandy .. looks awkward (E)
The land is sandy .. makes sense (B)

B. the land (along the seashore) is sandy and unsuitable
E. The quality of the land along the seashore, covered with low shrubs, is sandy and unsuitable
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29 Oct 2016, 01:56

How is E better than B?
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How is E better than B?

E is NOT the correct answer. The quality of the land is not sandy, neither the quality is unsuitable for agriculture. The land itself is sandy and unsuitable for agriculture. Hence B is better than E.
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14 Nov 2016, 14:17
We're talking about the land here, not the quality of land that is considered "unsuitable for agricultural uses" --> B gives us this.
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