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John Mercer Brooke created a sounding apparatus that is

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John Mercer Brooke created a sounding apparatus that is essentially a rod,
connected to a string, that strikes the sea floor,
causing the tension on the string to slack and a ball to fall to the ground;
the rod, released from its weight, is easily drawn up,
bringing with it a cup-like apparatus, in which was remaining all specimens
able to adhere, for an extended period of time, to a special glue lining the cup.

(A) with it a cup-like apparatus, in which was remaining the specimens
(B) a cup-like apparatus with it, and in which remaining specimens
(C) with it a cup-like apparatus, in which remain the specimens
(D) with it a cup-like apparatus in which remains specimens
(E) with it a cup-like apparatus and remaining in it all the
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Re: Tough Sentence Correction [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 02:11
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Obviously with it should be at the beginning (it is also could be derived since there are 4 choices where it is at the beginning). So (B) is wrong. Then, specimens remain in the apparatus, so (E) is wrong since it makes two separate clauses about the apparatus ans the specimens, while the second clause has no verb. (D) and (A) are wrong since the plural verb is needed. So, the only remaining answer choice is (C).
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Re: Tough Sentence Correction [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 04:31
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In this reversed subordinate sentence, the subject is the plural specimens, and therefore the verb should be the plural ‘remain’ rather than ‘remains' or was remaining or remaining’. Present tense is required in order to avoid shift of tense from the main clause.

C is the only choice sticking to this norm.
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Re: Tough Sentence Correction [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 16:37
S-V issue.

Subject is specimens and the verb remain has to be plural. only C maintains the correct relationship.

E is fragment with no subject, no verb.
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Re: Tough Sentence Correction [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 18:05
+1 for C.

I think choice E contains the word "specimens" in the end.

"with it a cup-like apparatus and remaining in it all the specimens"

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