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The Daughters of the American Revolution, a volunteer service organization, admits as members only women who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.

(A) admits as members only women who can prove lineal descent
(B) admit as members only women who can prove lineal descent
(C) admits as members women who can prove lineal descent
(D) only admit as members women who can prove lineal descent
(E) admits as members women who can prove lineal descent only
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The Daughters of the American Revolution is a proper noun and aname of a society; therefore, the verb ha to be singular’ admits’ .drop B and D. We also need the restricting adverb only because it is an important qualification to be admitted. C gets dropped. In E, the placement of ‘only’ at the end distorts the original intent and hence Only A survives

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Subject Verb agreement. (B&D out).

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Re: Sentence Correction [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2012, 01:23
Here’s my attempt and explanations:

The first split is admits / admit – The Daughters of the American Revolution is A volunteer service organization and there is singular, so I eliminated B and D.

The next ‘split’ is with regard to the placement of ‘only’. I think E is out because the placement of only changes the meaning from admitting exclusively women to descending exclusively from a patriot. Eliminate E.

The difference between A and C is trickier. I think that in A the sentence says that members can only be women, where as C says that members can be anyone but women will be descendants of a patriot.

I therefore choose A. Not that confident though....

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