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unambitious suburban volunteer [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2007, 22:25
Reposting as this one has generated significant discussion.

Entering politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman was the sole representative of the Progressive Party in South Africa's Parliament, and the only opponent of apartheid in that body.

(A) Entering politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman was
(B) Having entered politics as a suburban volunteer who was not ambitious, Mrs. Suzman was, for the last thirteen years,
(C) For the last thirteen years, having entered politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, Mrs. Suzman has been
(D) Mrs. Suzman entered politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer and was for the last thirteen years
(E) An unambitious suburban volunteer at the time she entered politics, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman has been
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2007, 22:33
B and D were the only possible options for me.

D is a clear and free flowing sentence.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 00:36
Entering politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman was the sole representative of the Progressive Party in South Africa's Parliament, and the only opponent of apartheid in that body.

(A) Entering politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman was
'For the last thirteen years' needs present perfect'has been'
(B) Having entered politics as a suburban volunteer who was not ambitious, Mrs. Suzman was, for the last thirteen years,
'For the last thirteen years' needs present perfect'has been'
(C) For the last thirteen years, having entered politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, Mrs. Suzman has been
wrong meaning, she has nor entered for 13 years
(D) Mrs. Suzman entered politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer and was for the last thirteen years
'For the last thirteen years' needs present perfect'has been'
(E) An unambitious suburban volunteer at the time she entered politics, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman has been
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 02:24
[quote="catgmat"]Entering politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman was the sole representative of the Progressive Party in South Africa's Parliament, and the only opponent of apartheid in that body.

(A) Entering politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman was
[color=blue]'For the last thirteen years' needs present perfect'has been'[/color]
(B) Having entered politics as a suburban volunteer who was not ambitious, Mrs. Suzman was, for the last thirteen years,
[color=blue]'For the last thirteen years' needs present perfect'has been'[/color]
(C) For the last thirteen years, having entered politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, Mrs. Suzman has been
[color=blue]wrong meaning, she has nor entered for 13 years[/color]
(D) Mrs. Suzman entered politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer and was for the last thirteen years
[color=blue]'For the last thirteen years' needs present perfect'has been'[/color]
(E) An unambitious suburban volunteer at the time she entered politics, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman has been
[color=blue]best answer![/color]
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D for me

A - wrong use of the modifying phrase
B - the first part of the sentence is awkward 'who was not ambitious' is wordy;
C - changes the meaning of the sentence
E - wrong use of the modifying phrase "An ambitious...., for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman..." -> Mrs Suzman should come immediately after the comma! In addition, the use of '..has been' indicates that Mrs Suzman will continue being the representative, whereas the original sentence states that she WAS THE REPRESENTATIVE for the last 13 years, the original sentences doesn't give an indication that she will continue doing this role.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 03:55
D for me.

WHATS the OA ?
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 05:23
I narrowed down the choices to between B and D.

D makes the cut
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 06:03
okay querio, you are right!!! perfect explanation against the present perfect in (E), then it must be (D). cheers
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 07:18
What is the [b]OA[/b] ?
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 07:41
Good explanation querio.

D it is.
E states that for the last thirteen years she was an unambitious suburban volunteer...in other words a modifier error.

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Re: unambitious suburban volunteer [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 08:02
AimHigher wrote:
Reposting as this one has generated significant discussion.

Entering politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman was the sole representative of the Progressive Party in South Africa's Parliament, and the only opponent of apartheid in that body.

(A) Entering politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman was

The participial (Entering politics) modifies Mrs Suzman; hence for the last thirteen years interrupts the flow of the sentence - Mrs Suzman should be placed as closely as possible to the opening partcipial.

(B) Having entered politics as a suburban volunteer who was not ambitious, Mrs. Suzman was, for the last thirteen years,

Wordy (having entered politics as blah blah WHO was not ambitious)

(C) For the last thirteen years, having entered politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, Mrs. Suzman has been

The placing of For the last thirteen years is incorrect - Mrs suzman has not entered policits for the last thirteen years....

(D) Mrs. Suzman entered politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer and was for the last thirteen years

Perfect..

(E) An unambitious suburban volunteer at the time she entered politics, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman has been

Again Mrs. Suzman must be as close to the opening phrase as possible ... for the last thirteen years interrupts the sequence

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Re: unambitious suburban volunteer [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 08:05
AimHigher wrote:
Reposting as this one has generated significant discussion.

Entering politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman was the sole representative of the Progressive Party in South Africa's Parliament, and the only opponent of apartheid in that body.

(A) Entering politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman was
(B) Having entered politics as a suburban volunteer who was not ambitious, Mrs. Suzman was, for the last thirteen years,
(C) For the last thirteen years, having entered politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer, Mrs. Suzman has been
(D) Mrs. Suzman entered politics as an unambitious suburban volunteer and was for the last thirteen years
(E) An unambitious suburban volunteer at the time she entered politics, for the last thirteen years Mrs. Suzman has been


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 [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 20:49
I don't have an OA because I got this question from this forum

But D & E seem to be frequently selected choices

I like D for the active voice but I have a hard time justifying the parallelism for the usage of 'and'
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 20:54
AimHigher wrote:
I don't have an OA because I got this question from this forum

But D & E seem to be frequently selected choices

I like D for the active voice but I have a hard time justifying the parallelism for the usage of 'and'


Hi AimHigher,lets break D up into two parts:

Mrs. Suzman entered politics... and...Mrs. Suzman was for the last thirteen years...the words in bold indicate the parallelism in tense.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2007, 00:20
E comes very close.. as it clearly explaings the time differences between the events.

My choice E
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2007, 02:07
D .
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