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# The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a

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The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck,
and a rooster that were ascended
from Versailles,
France, in a basket beneath a hot-air balloon in
September 1783.

(A) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended
(B) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended
(C) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
(D) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers to ascended
(E) a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending
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19 Nov 2005, 07:29
(C) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
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19 Nov 2005, 08:17
C, even though it is in the passive voice (obviously the avianators couldnt operate the craft).

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19 Nov 2005, 08:36
I would like to go with B

C sounds like the animals were the first passengers from Versailles, not the first passengers ever.

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20 Nov 2005, 05:10
Between B & C.
I would vote for C.

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20 Nov 2005, 12:01
B)...IMO C) distorts the meaning. x,y and z were the first passengers. C) implies that x,y and z were not the first passengers but the first that ascended from versailles.
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20 Nov 2005, 12:06
E changes the meaning. C and D do the same because that modifies passengers and the meaning is changed. Between A and B, B is better because it is more direct.

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20 Nov 2005, 12:53
(A) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended- Sounds awkward
(B) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended- Correct
(C) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended- Changes the meaning, they were the first passengers from Versailles?
(D) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers to ascended- Changes the meaning, they were the first passengers from Versailles?
(E) a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending[/quote]- Changes the meaning, they were the first passengers from Versailles?

What's the OA?
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20 Nov 2005, 15:41
I will go with B.
However, can someone explain:
(B) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended

isn't that qualifying "a rooster" only. That is, only rooster was ascended from Versailles?
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20 Nov 2005, 15:57
Thanks for the discussion.

The OA is (B).

However, my pick was (A) - passive voice.

I don't think that those animals stepped up onto the balloon on their own will, but that people brought those animals onto the balloon. Thus I thought "passive voice" would be better.

Any comments why my idea is wrong?
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