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The Missouri Compromise of 1820, a legislative effort to mediate the radical differences between slaveholders and abolitionists, did not achieve its goal and thus is remembered by history as a failure, just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts to avert sectional civil war.

a. just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts to avert
b. just the first of a half-dozen more attempts to avert
c. and the first attempt of more than a half-dozen attempts to avert
d. and just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts averting
e. and just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts aimed at averting
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Last edited by Marcab on 24 Jun 2013, 20:35, edited 1 time in total.
Underlined the sentence.
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Re: The Missouri Compromise of 1820, a legislative effort to [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2013, 15:32
Can someone explain to me how this is a proper sentence with the 'and' omitted?

I can't help but feel that the sentence, with original construction, is either a run-on or has some other grammatical construct error. I haven't seen this issue outside of Kaplan, but have seen this considered by Kaplan as a correct construct in 3 questions.
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Re: The Missouri Compromise of 1820, a legislative effort to [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2013, 20:33
its a absolute modifier.

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Hi Mattce,

I understood your doubt.
X, Y is a run on sentence if and only if X, Y are independent clauses( which means that both sentences must have main subject and a main verb ) and are not connected with any conjunction.

Example: I like to watch television, Watching television for long hours is not good for eyes. -> Run on sentence
I like to watch television, but watching television for long hours is not good for eyes. -> not a Run sentence(connected by but)


the sentence in QA - just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts to avert sectional civil war. is not an independent clause. Hence the option A is not a run-on sentence
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The Missouri Compromise of 1820, a legislative effort to mediate the radical differences between slaveholders and abolitionists, did not achieve its goal and thus is remembered by history as a failure, just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts to avert sectional civil war.

a. just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts to avert
b. just the first of a half-dozen more attempts to avert
c. and the first attempt of more than a half-dozen attempts to avert
d. and just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts averting
e. and just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts aimed at averting


Good question.
First of all try to identify the simple modifiers and to eliminate it, if it is of no use. Here the simple modifier is : "a legislative effort to mediate the radical differences between slaveholders and abolitionists". On removal of this modifier, the sentence becomes:-
The Missouri Compromise of 1820 did not achieve its goal and thus is remembered by history as a failure, just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts to avert sectional civil war.

The last part of the sentence is a modifier and is describing the entire preceding clause. Such type of modifier is called Absolute Phrases.

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B:-changes the meaning entirely.
C, D,E: usage of ",and" justifies nothing. In the preceding clause, it says that the act will be remembered by history as failure. Hence, if it were to use in a sense in which it has to be remembered, then there shouldn't have been a comma. Since its there, CDE are incorrect.

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Re: The Missouri Compromise of 1820, a legislative effort to [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2013, 21:05
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Hi Mattce,

I understood your doubt.
X, Y is a run on sentence if and only if X, Y are independent clauses( which means that both sentences must have main subject and a main verb ) and are not connected with any conjunction.

Example: I like to watch television, Watching television for long hours is not good for eyes. -> Run on sentence
I like to watch television, but watching television for long hours is not good for eyes. -> not a Run sentence(connected by but)


the sentence in QA - just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts to avert sectional civil war. is not an independent clause. Hence the option A is not a run-on sentence
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Hey - thank you for the clarification on run-ons.

Ok, I realize now that it's not a run-on sentence, but I still feel that it has some sort of error:

Your example sentence, "I like to watch television, but watching television for long hours is not good for eyes" is fine because of the conjunction, but I don't think this follows the same construct as this Kaplan question. Your example joins two independent clauses with a conjunction. Their answer adds on some sort of modifying phrase without any conjunction.

The problem's sentence construct is in my opinion equivalent to the following:

I love to eat chocolate, just the ones in the red box.
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The 1820 Compromise is a failure, just the first of many.

I cannot identify what type of error this is, but it definitely sounds wrong to me.
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Re: The Missouri Compromise of 1820, a legislative effort to [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2013, 21:16
Marcab wrote:


Hey, thank you for the link.

I went through your thread and understand those examples, but to me they are very different from the sentence in this thread.

I can't put my finger on exactly how they differ, but the examples in the thread you linked sound correct to me, while the constructs that I see in these Kaplan examples just sound terrible.

Are you saying that "I love to eat chocolate, just the ones in the red box." is a correct sentence? Because this seems to be the structure of this problem's answer..

(I don't think your 'how' method applies to either of these sentences, which makes me even more certain that this is different.)

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I think the following sentence, which I know is grammatically correct, would be closer to those given in the thread that you linked:

The Missouri Compromise of 1820, a legislative effort to blah blah blah... was considered a failure, its dozens of goals never coming to fruition.
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Re: The Missouri Compromise of 1820, a legislative effort to [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2013, 08:19
The key here is to remember that 'and' introduces parallellism. with and you must repeat the 'as' ( remembered as)
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Re: The Missouri Compromise of 1820, a legislative effort to [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2013, 08:20
The key here is to remember that 'and' introduces parallellism. with and you must repeat the 'as' ( remembered as)
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a. just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts to avert
b. just the first of a half-dozen more attempts to avert
c. and the first attempt of more than a half-dozen attempts to avert
d. and just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts averting
e. and just the first of more than a half-dozen attempts aimed at averting

B-->change in meaning
C-->redundant...first attempt of more than ___ attempts? why not just say first of a few attempts
D-->attempts averting...wrong idiomatic structure
E-->attempts aimed at...again wrong idiomatic structure. You attempt TO do something.
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