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

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A collection of 38 poems by Phillis Wheatley, a slave, was published in the 1770s, 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

C. the second one only published by an American woman

D. the second one only that an American woman published

E. only the second published by an American woman

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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 ------ the two sides of the conjunction and should be parallel. Here left is a phrase and the right side is a clause.
(B) it was only the second that an American woman published ---- same as in A
(C) the second one only published by an American woman --- The restrictive adverb ‘only' modifies ‘published’, giving a twist that American woman didn’t do anything other than publishing, not even read it
(D) the second one only that an American woman published--- adverb ‘only’ restricts the meaning that American woman did not publish any more than two books.
(E) only the second published by an American woman --- proper modification of 'only'; correct choice
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I dont think C could be right even if E was not there.
If I am right C would make it a run on sentence. what you ppl think?



The "only" position shift changes the meaning of the original setences. so "C" is out.

the second one only "published by an American woman"
only "the second published by an American woman"


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"The following sentences should make the meaning differences clear:

Only Linda ate the pizza today. (Nobody else; only Linda.)
Linda only ate the pizza today. (Linda didn't cook it or buy it; she only ate it.)
Linda ate only the pizza today. (Linda didn't eat anything else today; only pizza.) Linda ate the only pizza today. (There was only one pizza, and Linda ate it.)
Linda ate the pizza only today. (Linda didn't eat the pizza yesterday or before; only today; OR, Linda didn't eat the pizza until today.)
Linda ate the pizza today only. (Linda didn't eat the pizza yesterday or before; only today.)
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A collection of 38 poems by Phillis Wheatley, a slave, was published in the 1770s, 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

C. the second one only published by an American woman

D. the second one only that an American woman published

E. only the second published by an American woman


by parsing the sentence, i was able to deduce the answer to E

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I dont think C could be right even if E was not there.
If I am right C would make it a run on sentence. what you ppl think?
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2. 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
(C) the second one only published by an American woman
(D) the second one only that an American woman published
(E) only the second published by an American woman

Why not " A" the correct answer.
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A: The modifier consists of two parts; the first ‘the first book by a Black woman’ is a noun phrase and the second, ‘ it was only the second published by an American woman’ is a clause’ they are not parallel.
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A collection of 38 poems by Phillis Wheatley, a slave, was published in the 1770s, 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

Incorrect Parallelism - There is no verb in the first half of the sentence
the first book by a Black woman
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it was only the second published by an American woman

Also "IT" has no antecedent.


B. it was only the second that an American woman published

Same issue with parallelism as with option A ( i.e the second half of sentence after "and" has a verb WAS , whereas the first half doesnt.
The "IT" here is fine though. It adheres to one of the standard usage/format of "IT"(IT is so x THAT y - IT is so windy THAT she could barely even walk - am not good with appropriate analogies) wherein "IT" doesn't have to stand for an antecedent. Option A does not adhere to this , hence "IT" in option A is an issue, whereas "IT" in B is fine, as far as associating it with an antecedent is concerned. It is wrong due to other reasons though , as already stated .


C. the second one only published by an American woman

As above posters have mentioned , the position of only changes the meaning

D. the second one only that an American woman published

Issue with parallelism . ----
the first book by a Black woman
AND
the second one only that an American woman published

Position of "Only" changes meaning , as in option C


E. only the second published by an American woman
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Note proper parallelism ---
the first book by a Black woman
AND
only the second published by an American woman


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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
(C) the second one only published by an American woman
(D) the second one only that an American woman published
(E) only the second published by an American woman


"it" is redundant , so Eliminate A & B..

C sounds like non-american woman doesn't not publish
D sounds like America woman didn't publish anything other than 2nd
E looks all clear...
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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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