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During and immediately after the California gold rush, the [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2005, 11:20
During and immediately after the California gold rush, the way for a merchant to generate the most profit was to move a limited amount of scarce goods to San Francisco as quickly as possible, rather than to carry larger loads more slowly, determining the design of the clipper ship.

A) to carry larger loads more slowly, determining
B) to carry larger loads more slowly, a situation that determined
C) carry larger loads more slowly, which determined
D) slowly carry larger loads which determined
E) carrying larger loads more slowly, and this was a situation in determining
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Re: During and immediately after the California gold rush, the [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 00:30
Original sentence (option A) is:
During and immediately after the California gold rush, the way for a merchant to generate the most profit was to move a limited amount of scarce goods to San Francisco as quickly as possible, rather than to carry larger loads more slowly, determining the design of the clipper ship.

Here "determining" is a participle. The structure can be seen as
the way ... determining the design of the clipper ship

Problem with option A is: what is determining the design? There is no clear answer to that question! Thus, option A has modifier problem.

daagh is right to say that the option A is not a run-on sentence. To explain a little more: a run-on sentence is constructed with two (or more) independent clauses joined by a comma in stead of period or semicolon or conjunction or relational word.

To answer to a previous doubt/query: Option B is not a run-on sentence as the clauses are connected properly. Complete sentence with option B is:
During and immediately after the California gold rush, the way for a merchant to generate the most profit was to move a limited amount of scarce goods to San Francisco as quickly as possible, rather than to carry larger loads more slowly, a situation that determined the design of the clipper ship.
Here "situation" is correctly modifying the earlier phrase where the situation is described.
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Re: During and immediately after the California gold rush, the [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 06:41
B...
to move...to carry is parallel
its not a run on because... that determined...here THAT acts as a subject in clause 2, determined is a verb

RULE: THAT ..... acts as a SUBJECT in a clause OR JOIN two clauses
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