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Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain who was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

A. Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain he was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

B. Many were agreeing to boycott the department store and even writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in order that he be implored to take action on the unsavory hiring practices.

C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

D. Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

E. Many were in agreement that the department store be boycotted, writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory.

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Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain who was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

A. Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain he was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

B. Many were agreeing to boycott the department store and even writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in order that he be implored to take action on the unsavory hiring practices.

C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

D. Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

E. Many were in agreement that the department store be boycotted, writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory.

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C

B uses present continuous form, implying that the action is currently taking place. Rather than this implication, it would have been better if the answer choice had proceeded with the intended meaning.
"in order that " is incorrect. It implies that the mails, which were written, were in order. A total distortion of meaning.
Also the two parts,"boycotting and writing emails" are not simultaneous events. The actual meaning is that in order to protest, the mails were written.

A uses a verb+ing form after "comma". Whenever such happens, only two things can happen. They are:
i) the verb+ing is the consequence of the preceding clause.
ii) the verb+ing modifies the entire preceding clause.
Writing emails is NOT the result of "being in agreement to boycott the store".
"to take action AGAINST" is better than "to take action about".
Also "many were in agreement" is quite wordier. In simpler language, this idea can be mentioned as "many agreed to boycott bla bla bla".

E is quite similar to A in terms of wromng issues in that it is wordier, has verb+ing issue, and uses the clause "writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory" which I feel is quite bad. "writing emails......imploring him..."together. STOP!

D- what is they referring to, "emails"????
The place of "in protest" implies that the vice-president of the chain, which is in protest.

C is the best among the answer choices.

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C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

Hey Guys, dont you think that comma is missing before imploring in option C. without comma ing modifier modifies the preceding noun that is the chain in this case.

I selected D, because D is grammatically correct and subtle change in placement of "in protest" near to modifier "in which" looks necessary.
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20 Mar 2014, 12:59
I do not agree with your explanation of D though...I rejected C for the same reasons as you did & selected D

Now I see that D is ambiguous too..

Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

In protest modifies write emails

I guess it should be close to it..right now it is ambiguous to say what it specifically modifies..

This sounds better

Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

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20 Mar 2014, 14:57
stoy4o wrote:
Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain who was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

A. Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain he was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

B. Many were agreeing to boycott the department store and even writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in order that he be implored to take action on the unsavory hiring practices.

C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

D. Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

E. Many were in agreement that the department store be boycotted, writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory.

OA:
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C

The main idea is they were in agreement to boycott the stores by writing emails. That takes out D as it uses incorrect style - and is wrong here. E is out because you don't take action against hiring practices.
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C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

Hey Guys, dont you think that comma is missing before imploring in option C. without comma ing modifier modifies the preceding noun that is the chain in this case.

I selected D, because D is grammatically correct and subtle change in placement of "in protest" near to modifier "in which" looks necessary.

Even for the same reason I rejected option C.
I selected option D even though 'in protest-in which' combination looks awkward.

Without COMMA '-ing' modifies immediate preceding noun. Here neither Vice-president ( after removing mission critical OF-phrase) nor CHAIN makes sense.

Here none of the option looks correct.
Can any expert clear the doubts about the usage of '-ing' in option C?
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PiyushK wrote:
C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

Hey Guys, dont you think that comma is missing before imploring in option C. without comma ing modifier modifies the preceding noun that is the chain in this case.

I selected D, because D is grammatically correct and subtle change in placement of "in protest" near to modifier "in which" looks necessary.

Even for the same reason I rejected option C.
I selected option D even though 'in protest-in which' combination looks awkward.

Without COMMA '-ing' modifies immediate preceding noun. Here neither Vice-president ( after removing mission critical OF-phrase) nor CHAIN makes sense.

Here none of the option looks correct.
Can any expert clear the doubts about the usage of '-ing' in option C?

I agree with you .. when I was trying I ruled all the options but C is indeed the best ... I regret for choosing D over C
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Request veritasprep or any other expert to comment on the usage of verb-ing (imploring) without comma in the choice marked as OA (C)
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A. Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain he was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices. ---were in agreement to boycott --incorrect

B. Many were agreeing to boycott the department store and even writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in order that he be implored to take action on the unsavory hiring practices. ---were agreeing to boycott..and even writing makes them parallel (past continuous).This changes the meaning.The meaning is --as a result of agreeing ..many wrote emails.Also "he be implored" is incorrect.People were writing mails imploring..

C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices. --Correct

D. Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices. --Changes meaning.Also "in which" refers to "protest".You do not say "In a protest"
E. Many were in agreement that the department store be boycotted, writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory. --were in agreement that --incorrect.Also if subjunctive is used I think it should be "be boycott" not "be boycotted".Not sure on this but its incorrect.
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Request veritasprep or any other expert to comment on the usage of verb-ing (imploring) without comma in the choice marked as OA (C)

This seems to be an oversight - there should have been a comma before "imploring". The present participle modifier "imploring him to..." modifies the subject of the previous clause "many", not the adjacent noun "chain".
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