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Published during the late eighteenth century, DiderotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s [#permalink]
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Published during the late eighteenth century, Diderotâ€™s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaireâ€™s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and both men prudently chose to embark on extended vacations in nearby Austria.
(A) Diderotâ€™s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaireâ€™s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and
(B) Diderot and his friend Voltaireâ€™s caused such a sensational scandal with their factual Encyclopedia and fictional Candide, respectively, that
(C) Diderotâ€™s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaireâ€™s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that
(D) the scandal caused by Diderotâ€™s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaireâ€™s fictional Candide was so sensational
(E) a factual Encyclopedia by Diderot and the fictional Candide, by his friend Voltaire, caused a sensational scandal, which
Please explain your choices.
Here's my crude thinking :
A - the 'and' doesn't connect the 'cause and effect' to convey the meaning
B - misplaced modifier - What was published during the 18th century should follow the phrase. Were Diderot and his friend published?
D - misplaced modifier - Was the scandal published during the 18th century?
E - distorted meaning, awkward passive construction
1. B & D are out because Published wrongly modifies 'Diderot' and 'the scandal' respectively. 'Diderot' and 'the scandal' were not published. Here its the encyclopedia which was published.
2. A & C most apprporiately addresses the modifier issue in point1. However A alters the intent - because of the 'and'. It is as though the scandal and the acts of both men are seperate set of events. It is that because of the scandal both extended their vacations. So A out.
3. C is the best choice. 'his' is a possessive pronoun and is rightly referring to Diderot in most of the choices.