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In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women, arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights and for changes in the married women’s property laws.

A. arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights
B. arguing in a treatise for equal political and legal rights for women
C. a treatise that advocates women’s equal political and legal rights
D. a treatise advocating women’s equal political and legal rights
E. a treatise that argued for equal political and legal rights for women
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11 Jul 2007, 19:28
Well, C, D and E all have sort of modification problems.
The correct answer should be between A and B. I like B. It is shorter and more concise.
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It's E!
The "for..." agrees with the latter "...and for"
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04 Apr 2011, 09:00
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Well, C, D and E all have sort of modification problems.
The correct answer should be between A and B. I like B. It is shorter and more concise.

It is E. In B, "arguing in a treatise" doesn't make any sense.
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04 Apr 2011, 17:36
Am with E for two reasons -

1) does not change the original sentence, C,D use the word ''advocates and advocating'' instead of the original ''arguing''.

2)maintains the clarity by defining what the Discourse was all about by starting with '' a treatise...''

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04 Apr 2011, 20:24
E for me...
Eliminate A, B... modifier issue
C, D- Parallelism issues...
E- correctly parallels "for equal political..... and for changes....."
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01 Mar 2012, 15:06
Here , arguing should modify the whole clause "Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women", but it is incorrectly associating "arguing" with "Mott".

It would have been correct , if the sentence is as follows :

In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women, arguing equal political and legal rights for women and for changes in the married women’s property laws.
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I have chosen E:

A. In this choice, arguing seems to be modifying the entire clause preceding it. There is no reason to include a verb-ing modifier when a modifier starting with a noun would be sufficient. In this case, "A treatise" is more accurate because it would directly describe the Discourse. Also, "for women to have" is not parallel to "for changes"

B. The same modifier error occurs here too.

C. Parallelism is broken here because "that advocates" is not parallel to "for changes."

D. Parallelism is broken here too because "advocating" is not parallel to "for changes."

E. This sentence maintains parallelism and the use of simple past makes sense because we are describing a treatise that was written in 1850 and its purpose.
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08 Mar 2012, 14:58
Can somebody explain why B is wrong ?
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23 Mar 2012, 13:52
E in my opinion. "Arguing in a treatise.." and " advocates/ing womens' equal political.." doesn't sit well.
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01 Nov 2012, 03:48
Experts pls explain why A and B are wrong..
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Experts pls explain why A and B are wrong..

I am not the expert, but i will try to give my 2cents.

IMO the answer is E.

A and B : arguing..... is a verb-ing modifier modifying the preceding clause. Verb-ing modifier after the clause must tell additional information about the clause or present the result of the preceding clause. However, in A and B arguing... is not providing any information about the action of publishing. Also no result of the preceding clause is presented. hence option A and B are wrong. C and D are out due to parallelism issue. option E corrects the anomaly
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05 May 2013, 21:59
Hi folks ,

I would like to have more clarity on why option (B) is not in the RACE.

-Ing forms can be used in 4 ways :

Noun(Gerund)
Verb(Prog. tense)
ADJ ( The CAT SLEEPING on floor is ill)
ADVERB(X published article,mentioning all important facts)

So LM PUBLISHED her discourse, and in the act of publish "ARGUING"......

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targetgmatchotu wrote:
ADVERB(X published article,mentioning all important facts)

So LM PUBLISHED her discourse, and in the act of publish "ARGUING"......

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Hi TGC,
You are perfectly right, ING form over here is actually used to modify LM, however that is not the error here.
Error is what happens after that.
"in a treatise for women" a treatise is a formal document for some cause(here for women rights) it doesn't make sense saying "arguing in a treatise for women to have " it could have been arguing in her treatise, the construction is similar to say..for eg, "i am arguing in a book to have more rights for poor kids." I am not actually(Physically) arguing in a book. I could have said, arguing for poor kids in my book, I sought rights for poor kids. or some construction similar to that.
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In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women, arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights and for changes in the married women’s property laws.

A. arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights
its seems that Mott is arguing
B. arguing in a treatise for equal political and legal rights for women
its seems that Mott is arguing
C. a treatise that advocates women’s equal political and legal rights
Parallelism error
D. a treatise advocating women’s equal political and legal rights
Parallelism error
E. a treatise that argued for equal political and legal rights for women
Correct
For equal political and legal rights is parallel with for changes in the ...

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01 Jul 2014, 03:07
A. arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights
Modifier error . the book name does not argue
B. arguing in a treatise for equal political and legal rights for women
same error as above
C. a treatise that advocates women’s equal political and legal rights
missing 'for' in first part of the sentence .Not parallel.
D. a treatise advocating women’s equal political and legal rights
missing 'for' in first part of the sentence .Not parallel.
E. a treatise that argued for equal political and legal rights for women
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15 May 2015, 18:23
The usage of (Argue "for" or "against")
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20 May 2015, 01:13
1st POE:- A and B have misplaced modifier "arguing in a treatise" does not modify "Discourse on Women" correctly. So A & B eliminated

2nd POE:- In E "a treatise that argued for equal political and legal rights for women " is parallel to "for changes in the married women’s property laws".
So E is the correct answer

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In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women, arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights and for changes in the married women’s property laws.

A. arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights
B. arguing in a treatise for equal political and legal rights for women
C. a treatise that advocates women’s equal political and legal rights
D. a treatise advocating women’s equal political and legal rights
E. a treatise that argued for equal political and legal rights for women

Ans E
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