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A collection of 38 poems by Phillis Wheatley, a slave, was

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A collection of 38 poems by Phillis Wheatley, a slave, was published in the 1770’s, the first book by a Black woman and it was only the second published by an American woman.(A) it was only the second published by an American woman
(B) it was only the second that an American woman published
(D) the second one only that an American woman published
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18 Sep 2012, 20:18
the incorrect part is the "it was" after the "and". So just remove it and have the rest of the phrase intact.

So E is the right answer!
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19 Sep 2012, 13:12
1022lapog wrote:
the incorrect part is the "it was" after the "and". So just remove it and have the rest of the phrase intact.

So E is the right answer!

Can you please elaborate your answers. and why other options are wrong. This will make the discussion more fruitful
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19 Sep 2012, 13:47
"E" it is.

"the first book by a Black woman and it was only the second published by an American woman"
This whole phrase is a modifier which itself must be a parallel.In addition to that,"Only" should be placed just before the required word.Here placing "Only" before the "Second published:" makes sense and prevails over the others.

(A) -ism problem described above
(B) -ism problem described above
(C)Only wrongly modifies published.
(D)Only wrongly modifies American Woman
(E)Correct.Reason is described above
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07 May 2015, 10:10
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A collection of 38 poems by Phillis Wheatley, a slave, was published in the 1770’s, the first book by a Black woman and it was only the second published by an American woman.

Clearly // ism - Answer must be (E)

A collection of 38 poems by Phillis Wheatley, a slave, was published in the 1770’s, the first book by a Black woman and only the second published by an American woman.

(A) it was only the second published by an American woman - It , doesn't fit into the parallel structure...

(B) it was only the second that an American woman published - Not at all parallel..

(C) the second one only published by an American woman - Only , used wrongly...

(D) the second one only that an American woman published - Only , wrongly used , further the second part by doesn't fit in ...

(E) only the second published by an American woman - Looks the best , ant it is the correct answer..
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