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Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.

A)Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.
B)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report, being on the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
C)The only live radio report was broadcast by Herbert Morrison, a passionate account that stunned listeners, from the scene of the fire destroying the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
D)Broadcasting the only live radio report, Herbert Morrison passionately accounted the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg to stunned listeners.
E)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.

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19 Jun 2011, 10:22
Main sentence has misplaced modifier

Option E .... Correct modifier order
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22 Jun 2011, 09:45
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Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.

A)Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.
B)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report, being on the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
C)The only live radio report was broadcast by Herbert Morrison, a passionate account that stunned listeners, from the scene of the fire destroying the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
D)Broadcasting the only live radio report, Herbert Morrison passionately accounted the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg to stunned listeners.
E)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.

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Ans E.
A - The modifier - in a passionate way that stunned listeners- has to be placed next to Herbert Morrison (proximity rule)
B - Being usage is incorrect
C - The sentence is in passive
D - Broadcasting ..., is modifying Herbert Morrison - Incorrect
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22 Jun 2011, 17:40
Given the options..E

the usage of words such as “cast, broadcast, and cost.” As far as I can remember the past tense and past P. of broadcast is broadcast; however recently I checked an online dictionary and it has broadcasted. Is this an American standard or has it always been like this?
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23 Jun 2011, 00:38
I chose D, Please explain why E.
I guess the modifier is correct in D.
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02 Sep 2011, 00:04
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Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.

A)Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.

B)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report, being on the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.

C)The only live radio report was broadcast by Herbert Morrison, a passionate account that stunned listeners, from the scene of the fire destroying the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg. --> seems to say 'Herbert Morrison is a passionate account'. wrong.

D)Broadcasting the only live radio report, Herbert Morrison passionately accounted the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg to stunned listeners. --> altered meaning of original statement. wrong.

E)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.

My thought process:
1. Option A sounds bad. Eliminate.
2. zero in on the two most similar options i.e. B and E - Take E over B (incorrect 'being' usage)
3. C seems to say 'Herbert Morrison is a passionate account'. wrong.
4. D - altered meaning of original statement. Wrong.
in the original statement, 'account' is a noun and 'broadcast' is the action word.
However, in this option, 'account[ed]' is changed from a noun to an action word.

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Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.

A)Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners. Misplaced modifier

B)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report, being on the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
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C)The only live radio report was broadcast by Herbert Morrison, a passionate account that stunned listeners, from the scene of the fire destroying the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
wrong
D)Broadcasting the only live radio report, Herbert Morrison passionately accounted the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg to stunned listeners.
Changed the meaning
E)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
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13 Sep 2011, 21:26
+1 for E.

Original Sentence was difficult to comprehend, but the choices helped in understanding the meaning
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14 Sep 2011, 20:07
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14 Sep 2011, 20:34
+1 E

Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.

A)Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg [highlight]in a passionate account that stunned listeners.[/highlight] --- Incorrect positioning of modifier

B)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report,[highlight]being on the scene of the fire[/highlight] that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.--- Avoid being

C)The only live radio report was broadcast by Herbert Morrison, a passionate account that stunned listeners, from the scene of the fire [highlight]destroying the German Zeppelin[/highlight] the Hindenburg. --> seems to say 'Herbert Morrison is a passionate account'. wrong. Also destroying as a participle is not required here.

D)Broadcasting the only live radio report, Herbert Morrison passionately accounted the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg to stunned listeners. --> Stunned listeneres. Sounds like they were stunned from before.

E)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.
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26 Sep 2011, 01:15
It's a modifier related question - The answer option should place the modifiers correctly keeping the intended meaning.
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In A, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners. Here listeners stunned for Herbert Morrision not for Hindenburg.
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24 Apr 2012, 03:33
could not see the modifier issue at first ...

Now its clear +1 for E
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13 Sep 2013, 04:56
Shouldn't the verb be in paste tense? 'Herbert Morrison broadcasted….' or 'Herbert Morrison broadcasts….'?
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13 Sep 2013, 07:02
Position of Modifier plays main role in choosing correct answer.
Modifier is - in a passionate account that stunned listeners
Which makes A,C & D out .
Now left with B & D
In B - being on the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenbug - Sounds peculiar
In E - from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg. - make sense

So E
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Position of Modifier plays main role in choosing correct answer.
Modifier is - in a passionate account that stunned listeners
Which makes A,C & D out .
Now left with B & D
In B - being on the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenbug - Sounds peculiar
In E - from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg. - make sense

So E
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18 Dec 2014, 16:00
This one is tricky. I got it way wrong but when I found out what to look for it was pretty easy -- though I still curse its existence.

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Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.

A)Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.
B)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report, being on the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
C)The only live radio report was broadcast by Herbert Morrison, a passionate account that stunned listeners, from the scene of the fire destroying the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
D)Broadcasting the only live radio report, Herbert Morrison passionately accounted the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg to stunned listeners.
E)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.

This sentence correction problem tests are understanding of what the sentence is really trying to convey. We need to understand that

Herbert Morrison broadcast is a passionate account.

A)Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.
It's unclear what exactly is the passionate account. It could be the broadcast or it could be the fire that destroyed the Hindenburg. We need an option choice that clearly conveys what is the passionate account.

B)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report, being on the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
B correctly calls the broadcast a passionate account but it incorrectly uses the word "being".

C)The only live radio report was broadcast by Herbert Morrison, a passionate account that stunned listeners, from the scene of the fire destroying the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
Answer Choice C also incorrectly modifies the wrong thing as a passionate account. It modifies Herbert Morrison. Remember that it is the broadcast that is a passionate account.

D)Broadcasting the only live radio report, Herbert Morrison passionately accounted the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg to stunned listeners.
D is somewhat tricky. This one also gives the wrong meaning. Herbert Morrison did not account the scene. Instead, he gave an account.

E)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.

E is the winner.
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22 Jan 2015, 03:31
My thought process on this one. Several wrong options have meaning errors:

A)Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.
--> The modifier passionate account is misplaced and wrongly modifies Hindenburg instead of the broadcast.
B)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report, being on the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
--> Here the original meaning is not clear that the Broadcast "was the only one from the scene". Makes it seem this was the only live radio report ever and his "being" at the scene is a separate fact/coincidence. In many cases "being" can be correct.
C)The only live radio report was broadcast by Herbert Morrison, a passionate account that stunned listeners, from the scene of the fire destroying the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
--> Again meaning is wrong. Says Herbert Morrison broadcast the "only live radio report" of all time.
D)Broadcasting the only live radio report, Herbert Morrison passionately accounted the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg to stunned listeners.
--> Again meaning is wrong. Says Herbert Morrison broadcast the "only live radio report" of all time. Also the account itself was passionate and not Herbert's way of reporting it.
E)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
--> CORRECT. Modifiers are all in correct places and meaning is clear as well.
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15 Mar 2016, 08:22
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Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.

A)Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg in a passionate account that stunned listeners.
B)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report, being on the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
C)The only live radio report was broadcast by Herbert Morrison, a passionate account that stunned listeners, from the scene of the fire destroying the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.
D)Broadcasting the only live radio report, Herbert Morrison passionately accounted the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg to stunned listeners.
E)In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast the only live radio report from the scene of the fire that destroyed the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg.

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The broadcast was done in a passionate account that stunned listeners.
Therefore, 'Herbert Morrison, in a passionate account that stunned listeners, broadcast the only....' or 'In a passionate account that stunned listeners, Herbert Morrison broadcast ......' is correct.
A)' in a passionate account that stunned listeners' should be separated from Hindenburg.
B) 'being on the scene of the fire.....' should be placed before 'Herbert Morrison broadcast the only...'
C) Rule of parallelism is violated.
E) Correct.

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