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More than fifty years after the Second World War, a number of African American soldiers were awarded, some of them posthumously, with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in recognition of their outstanding bravery.

A) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in
B) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in
D) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
E) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, in long-overdue

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More than fifty years after the Second World War, a number of African American soldiers were awarded, some of them posthumously, with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in recognition of their outstanding bravery.

A) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in
B) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in
D) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
E) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, in long-overdue

A) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military awardedand which was long overdue in
1) incorrect idiom "awarded with" should just be "awarded," commonly confused because of the idiom "rewarded with"

B) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
1) like (A), incorrect idiom "awarded with" should just be "awarded," commonly confused because of the idiom "rewarded with"
2) incorrectly modifies "the Congressional Medal of Honor" with "for long-overdue...", changes meaning

C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in
1) incorrectly modifies "the Congressional Medal of Honor" because adjective prepositonal phrases (adj + prepositon) modify the noun they come after; should modify "recognition" in "in recognition of"

D) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
1) like (B), incorrectly modifies "the Congressional Medal of Honor" with "for long-overdue...", changes meaning

E) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, in long-overdue
correctly uses idiom and modifiers
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More than fifty years after the Second World War, a number of African American soldiers were awarded, some of them posthumously, with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in recognition of their outstanding bravery.

A) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in
Wrong. "X was awarded something". NOT "X was awarded with something".

B) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
Wrong. "X was awarded something". NOT "X was awarded with something".

C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in
Wrong. "long-overdue in...." is modifier ==> modifies the preceding clause "which was the nation's highest military award" ==> Does not make any sense.

D) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
Wrong. X were awarded the medal for (long-overdue) recognition of their bravery <== wrong. "for recognition of something" is WRONG idiom.

E) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, in long-overdue
Correct. "in recognition of something"is correct idiom

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Caas wrote:
More than fifty years after the Second World War, a number of African American soldiers were awarded, some of them posthumously, with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in recognition of their outstanding bravery.

A) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in
B) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in
D) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
E) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, in long-overdue

X was awarded Y is the right usage. Using WITH is not correct. So that leaves us with C,D, & E.

Out of these contenders "in long-overdue recognition..." is the right usage. That eliminates C, D.

E is the correct choice.

Why not C here ?
Even C is similar to E...

C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in

C is ambiguous because of past tense use. Is the " Medal of Honor" no more nation's highest military award now ? Or it was no more the highest military award when it was honored to soldiers.
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17 Jun 2007, 21:48
[quote="Caas"]More than fifty years after the Second World War, a number of African American soldiers were awarded, some of them posthumously, with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in recognition of their outstanding bravery.

A) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in
B) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in
D) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
E) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, in long-overdue

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17 Jun 2007, 23:20
Its an A for me

What I feel is in the sentence. The two phrases "which was the nation’s highest military award" and "which was long overdue " are modifiers. Hence they need to be separated in the sentence preferably with which. Now if you read the complete sentence without the 2 modifiers, it makes perfect sense.

More than fifty years after the Second World War, a number of African American soldiers were awarded, some of them posthumously, with the Congressional Medal of Honor in recognition of their outstanding bravery.

ALl other choices do now follow this pattern or has something wrong in them.
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18 Jun 2007, 03:47
guys the idiom is "in recognition of"
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18 Jun 2007, 08:28
A& B eliminate- with is wrong
C& D does not have 'in recognition of'

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18 Jun 2007, 09:12
OA is E

I like this SC very much
It actually tests 2 good idioms to remember
1) to reward somebody a medal
2) in recognition of
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18 Dec 2012, 09:09
Caas wrote:
More than fifty years after the Second World War, a number of African American soldiers were awarded, some of them posthumously, with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in recognition of their outstanding bravery.

A) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in
B) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in
D) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
E) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, in long-overdue

X was awarded Y is the right usage. Using WITH is not correct. So that leaves us with C,D, & E.

Out of these contenders "in long-overdue recognition..." is the right usage. That eliminates C, D.

E is the correct choice.
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19 Dec 2012, 06:22
Edvento wrote:
Caas wrote:
More than fifty years after the Second World War, a number of African American soldiers were awarded, some of them posthumously, with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in recognition of their outstanding bravery.

A) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in
B) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in
D) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
E) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, in long-overdue

X was awarded Y is the right usage. Using WITH is not correct. So that leaves us with C,D, & E.

Out of these contenders "in long-overdue recognition..." is the right usage. That eliminates C, D.

E is the correct choice.

Why not C here ?
Even C is similar to E...
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13 Jan 2013, 06:58
i am confused in option d &e .pls help
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13 Aug 2013, 20:08
Can someone plz explain this better. With E i agree with the preceeding statement but "in long overdue doesn't sound right.

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Caas wrote:
More than fifty years after the Second World War, a number of African American soldiers were awarded, some of them posthumously, with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in recognition of their outstanding bravery.

A) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in
B) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in
D) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue
E) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, in long-overdue

My guess is C

A) I think the ending is incorrect in using which again
B) no comma after award suggests the award is actually for long over due recognition rather than bravery
C) sounds right?
D) same reason as B
E) maybe right as well?

I think I would be split between C and E. I'm not sure the correct usage of long overdue or in long overdue
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More than fifty years after the Second World War, a number of African American soldiers were awarded, some of them posthumously, with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in recognition of their outstanding bravery.

After first look, I tested for S/V agreement for correct modifier placement.

A) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, and which was long overdue in Wrong. "And" must join two common elements, but here it is joined illogically to the main clause. This is also a common splice in that "which" is long overdue" is not a complete sentence.

B) with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue "For long-overdue" modifies award while the phrase should modify the verb.

C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in Ok - I'll argue that this is correct because the modifiers are correctly placed. "long-overdue" is an adverbial modifier describing how the medal was awarded.

D) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for long-overdue Wrong - "for long overdue recognition" modifies the type of award.

E) the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, in long-overdue Wrong - "in" is a preposition that describes the preceding noun "award"

IMO C.

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08 Feb 2014, 12:02
shanmugamgsn wrote:
Edvento wrote:

X was awarded Y is the right usage. Using WITH is not correct. So that leaves us with C,D, & E.

Out of these contenders "in long-overdue recognition..." is the right usage. That eliminates C, D.

E is the correct choice.

Why not C here ?
Even C is similar to E...

C) the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was the nation’s highest military award, long-overdue in

C is ambiguous because of past tense use. Is the " Medal of Honor" no more nation's highest military award now ? Or it was no more the highest military award when it was honored to soldiers.

Nice catch. Since the medal still exists, an past tense verb destroys the meaning of the sentence. To whatever extent, "in" can also be an adverb to refer to a something's state.

Therefore, IMO E.
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