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Emily Dickinson’s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering her letters to anyone else.

(A) Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering

(B) Dickinson were written over a period that begins a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ended shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber

(C) Dickinson, written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and that ends shortly before Emily’s death in 1886 and outnumbering

(D) Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother, ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, and outnumbering

(E) Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber
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11 Nov 2004, 05:32
Actually I was between A & E. Chose E as gerund in A was not so clear while outnumber in E makes sense when you erase all the relative clause.
Anyway what is the killer trick here ?
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Actually I was between A & E. Chose E as gerund in A was not so clear while outnumber in E makes sense when you erase all the relative clause.
Anyway what is the killer trick here ?

the kingpin is that, "outnumber" is used as verb in choice "E". the correct sentence is this : BLUE PART

Emily Dickinsonâ€™s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumber her letters to anyone else

no other choice construct grammatically correct sentence.

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12 Nov 2004, 10:29
E for me.

it should be "beginning" and "ending". the last word should be "outnumber" and not "outnumbering".
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13 Nov 2004, 22:49
I would go with A. E would be correct, if the following red colored words were eliminated.
Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumber
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10 Mar 2005, 21:50
I go with A
In E "which" is pointing to the closest noun Susan Huntington Dickinson and that would be wrong!
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A. Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumbering
- participle 'ountnumbering' is wrong. It suggests that the letters are still being written.

B. Dickinson were written over a period that begins a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ended shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumber
- 'begins' is the wrong tense here.

C. Dickinson, written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and that ends shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886and outnumbering
- 'that ends shortly' is wrong

D. Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother, ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, and outnumbering
- 'outnumbering is out'

E. Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumber
- This is my chioce. 'which' to introduce the modifier (modify letters), and outnumber to state that the letters are no longer written but they outnumber any other letters she has wrote

E it is.
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nocilis wrote:
I go with A
In E "which" is pointing to the closest noun Susan Huntington Dickinson and that would be wrong!

From the OG itself:

From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage yet was so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

"which" here obviously doesn't refer to cedar, rather, it refers to "canoe". The noun that the nonrestrictive clause modifies doesn't necessarily need to be immediately proceed the comma. The OG concept is that it cannot refer to a vague idea that is expressed in the entire sentence, and that it must point to a noun (again, not necessarily immediately before the comma). For example, you can't say:
"The earth is not flat, which had puzzled many people in the old days."

Just my two cents.
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Ah ... I know where I made the mistake. I was correct when saying that "which" should point to the closest subject and it does, but wrong in identifying the subject.

"Emily Dickinsonâ€™s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson, which were ..."

"to Susan Huntington Dickinson" is a prepositional phrase and not the subject. Emily Dickinson's letters is the subject and 'which' is correctly pointing to it.

HongHu, in your sentence from OG,

From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage yet was so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids

about twenty feet long and two feet wide is a prepostional phrase and with small ribs and rails of cedar is a parenthetical element/additional info. The subject is "canoe", so 'which' appropriately points to it.

Thanks Honghu for pointing me my error.
A thorough analysis helps me remember.
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nocilis wrote:
I was correct when saying that "which" should point to the closest subject and it does

Point to Note...

Also, (A) is passive construction..
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09 Mar 2006, 09:59
Emily Dickinsonâ€™s letters to Susan Hunting Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumbering her letters to anyone else.

A)Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumbering

B)Dickinson were written over a period that begins a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ended shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumber

C)Dickinson, written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and that ends shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886 and outnumbering

D)Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother, ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, and outnumbering

E)Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumber
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09 Mar 2006, 13:48
Conflicted between A and E.

I am going to choose E.
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I will also go with E.
' letters to Susan Hunting ...........outnumber '
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09 Mar 2006, 21:44
E)Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumber

choose E

--> "which" clealrly refers to the letters
--> parallel - beginning ..ending
--> the part without the nonrestrictive clause makes sense
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10 Mar 2006, 15:48
OA is

^ E ^
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Emily Dickinsonâ€™s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumbering her letters to anyone else.

A. Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumbering
B. Dickinson were written over a period that begins a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ended shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumber
C. Dickinson, written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and that ends shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886and outnumbering
D. Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother, ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, and outnumbering
E. Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susanâ€™s marriage to Emilyâ€™s brother and ending shortly before Emilyâ€™s death in 1886, outnumber
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09 Jan 2007, 04:57
if "which" in E refers to "letters to Susan", then I will go for E.
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09 Jan 2007, 18:41
E too!

"which" should refer back to the nearest noun right? I think that would make "which" refer to "letters"
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09 Jan 2007, 20:28
A: awkward, ungrammatical.
B: same as A.
C: run on sentence.
D: same as A, B.
E: best one.
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Emily Dickinson’s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering her letters to anyone else.

A. Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering
B. Dickinson were written over a period that begins a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ended shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber
C. Dickinson, written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and that ends shortly before Emily’s death in 1886and outnumbering
D. Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother, ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, and outnumbering
E. Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber
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