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# In the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, the United States

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In the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, the United States [#permalink]  16 Apr 2012, 19:12
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In the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, the United States acquired 828,000 square miles for about four cents an acre, which more than doubled the country's size and that brought its western border within reach of the Pacific Ocean.

A. In the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, the United States acquired 828,000 square miles for about four cents an acre, which more than doubled the country's size and that brought
B. For about four cents an acre the United States acquired, in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, 828,000 square miles, more than doubling the country's size and it brought
C. With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the United States acquired 828,000 square miles for about four cents an acre, more than doubling its size and bringing
D. The United States, in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, for about four cents an acre, acquired 828,000 square miles, more than doubling the country's size, bringing
E. Acquiring 828,000 square miles in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, the United States bought it for about four cents an acre, more than doubling the country's size and bringing

Experts pls. explain this question with special mention to modifiers.
What is wrong in D kindly explain in terms of modifier.
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Re: Louisiana Purchase [#permalink]  16 Apr 2012, 19:29
It would be really helpful if you could type out the question correctly their is an error with the period and also please underline the part that needs to be examined so we do not have to search for it.

Much appreciated.

I find D to not be parallel while E is too wordy and A In the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 is not used correctly +1 C best choice

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In the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. the United States acquired 828.000 square miles for about four cents an acre, which more than doubled the country's size and that brought its western border within reach of the Pacific Ocean.

A. In the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, the United States acquired 828,000 square miles for about four cents an acre, which more than doubled the country's size and that brought
B. For about four cents an acre the United States acquired, in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, 828,000 square miles, more than doubling the country's size and it brought
C. With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the United States acquired 828,000 square miles for about four cents an acre, more than doubling its size and bringing
D. The United States, in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, for about four cents an acre, acquired 828,000 square miles, more than doubling the country's size, bringing
E. Acquiring 828,000 square miles in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, the United States bought it for about four cents an acre, more than doubling the country's size and bringing

Experts pls. explain this question with special mention to modifiers.
What is wrong in D kindly explain in terms of modifier.

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Re: Louisiana Purchase [#permalink]  16 Apr 2012, 22:03
There are at least two problems with option D:

1. The order of the following fragment is very awkward: "The US.... for about four cents an acre, acquired 828,000 square miles" It would be much better English to simplify this to "The US.... acquired 828,000 square miles for about four cents an acre"

2. The trailing modifiers ("more than doubling the country's size, bringing...") should be "more than doubling the country's size and bringing...".

This whole sentence is very awkward due to the attempt to chain multiple modifiers together using commas instead of rearranging the fragments to flow more clearly and using conjunctions to join them more naturally.
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Re: Louisiana Purchase [#permalink]  16 Apr 2012, 23:38
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Re: Louisiana Purchase [#permalink]  19 Apr 2012, 04:32
vikram4689 wrote:
D does not have any verb

There is a verb in D - it is acquired.
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Re: Louisiana Purchase [#permalink]  19 Apr 2012, 04:45
bobfirth wrote:
vikram4689 wrote:
D does not have any verb

There is a verb in D - it is acquired.

oh yeah , my bad. Lets see what's the problem in D

D. The United States, in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, for about four cents an acre, acquired 828,000 square miles, more than doubling the country's size, bringing its western border within reach of the Pacific Ocean.

Both parts in blue are modifier. Its one is awkward back to back adverbial prepositional modifiers where 1st is modified by 2nd but 1st does not have any VERB ,Louisiana Purchase of 1803- is a Noun and it does not make sense for this noun to be modifier by 2nd prep ph. . Also, 2nd one clearly lacks AND before bringing
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