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# Seldom more that 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran

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Seldom more that 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected the Hudson River at Albany to the Great Lakes at Buffalo, providing the port of New York City with a direct water link to the heartland of the North American continent.
A.Seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected
B.Seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected
C.It was seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, and ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, but the Erie Canal, connecting
D.The Erie Canal was seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep and it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, which connected
E.The Erie Canal, seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, connecting
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05 Nov 2005, 15:38
a) out: fragmented sentance
b) out: verb tense "running"
c) out: "but the errie Canal" changes meaing of sentance.
e) out: "The Erie Canal.... connecting" is incorrect.

I pick D.
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05 Nov 2005, 16:43
B for me. The first part of the senetence modify The Erie Canal, and the second introduces more information about its function.

E is wrong because there is no active verb for The main subject of the sentence. The same for C
D is also wrong because "which" refers to "the rugged wilderness of upstate New York", and this can not connect anything.
A is wrong because the pronoun "it" doesn't have a clear reference.
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05 Nov 2005, 18:56
B has the correct modifier. In A the but it ran creates a new segment without the first one seldom getting clear of what we are talking about.
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Re: SC # Erie Canal [#permalink]

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06 Nov 2005, 04:38

The sentence beginning from "Seldom" until "New York" is a modifier for the "Erie Canal". However in choice (A) you see the modifier seperated by a comma which suggests that "Seldom more that 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep" modifies but it which is wrong. B is the correct choice.
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06 Nov 2005, 05:44
yup OA is B. the only choice using the modifiers correctly.
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