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# The tired mechanic, happily to be finished with a hard days

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The tired mechanic, happily to be finished with a hard day’s work, closed the
hood over the newly tuned engine.
A. The tired mechanic, happily to be finished with a hard day’s work
B. Happily, the tired mechanic being finished with a hard day’s work
C. Tired but happy with a hard day’s work being done, the mechanic
D. The tired mechanic, happy to be finished with a hard day’s work
E. With the pleasant fatigue of a job well done, the mechanic
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18 Jul 2007, 23:49
I would say the answer is E although I was initially leaning towards D at first..

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18 Jul 2007, 23:54
Not sure. I would go for D.
E changes the stem too much.
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18 Jul 2007, 23:58
D seems perfect to me.
Can you tell me why you think E is right and D is wrong.
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19 Jul 2007, 00:18
I agree that E changes stem too much. But in D do you think happy to be finished is correct usage?
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19 Jul 2007, 04:06
flip E and it looks a bit ambiguous.

The mechanic closed the hood over the newly tuned engine, with the pleasant fatigue of a job well done.

Modifier should be as close to the noun as possible.

D should be it
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19 Jul 2007, 04:46

A. The tired mechanic, happily to be finished with a hard day’s work
B. Happily, the tired mechanic being finished with a hard day’s work
C. Tired but happy with a hard day’s work being done, the mechanic
D. The tired mechanic, happy to be finished with a hard day’s work
E. With the pleasant fatigue of a job well done, the mechanic- chnage meaning
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19 Jul 2007, 18:06
Balvinder wrote:

A. The tired mechanic, happily to be finished with a hard day’s work
B. Happily, the tired mechanic being finished with a hard day’s work
C. Tired but happy with a hard day’s work being done, the mechanic
D. The tired mechanic, happy to be finished with a hard day’s work
E. With the pleasant fatigue of a job well done, the mechanic- chnage meaning

Thanks mate. I've read that answer choices with "BEING" are often wrong.

D is the correct answer, according to Cliff GMAT. However, can anyone tell me the structure "happy to be finished a work" is okay?[/b]
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19 Jul 2007, 18:23
For D to be right, there should be a comma after work. Unless the underlined portion of the sentence does not include the comma.....
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19 Jul 2007, 18:34
Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
For D to be right, there should be a comma after work. Unless the underlined portion of the sentence does not include the comma.....

Ashwin, you are right. Perhaps it's a typo mistake.
19 Jul 2007, 18:34
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