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# A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year

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A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated, features the likeness of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on the obverse and two feathers on the reverse.

A. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated,
B. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year of celebration as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition,
C. A commemorative silver dollar coin was issued in the same year that the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition was celebrated,
D. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year that the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition was celebrated,
E. Issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated, a commemorative silver dollar coin

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Notice that there is a subject-verb agreement problem in the underlined portion of this sentence. Since bicentennial is singular, it requires a singular verb and the sentence should read the bicentennial was celebrated, not the bicentennial were celebrated. Thus, choices (A) and (E) are incorrect. The remaining choices include was celebrated, so let's examine these more closely.
There is a second problem: usage. Although we normally say that one thing is the same as another thing, standard usage requires that we say that one thing occurred at the same time that another thing occurred. Only choices (C) and (D) make this correction, but in choice (C), changing the participle issued into the full verb was issued creates another grammatical problem, because features now has no subject. Since choice (D) corrects both the subject-verb agreement problem and the usage problem without creating any new problems, (D) is the correct answer.

Hi, I am stuck with the choices between (C) and (D). I want to know how to spot the correct answer from these two choices, please.
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A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated, features the likeness of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on the obverse and two feathers on the reverse.

INCORRECT PORTION HAS BEEN HIGHLIGHTED......

A. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated,
B. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year of celebration as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition,
C. A commemorative silver dollar coin was issued in the same year that the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition was celebrated,
D. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year that the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition was celebrated,...CORRECT
E. Issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated, a commemorative silver dollar coin

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02 Feb 2014, 16:11
Hi Semwal,

Thank you for the detail explanation. It helps.
I want to clarify one thing. Is it incorrect to say "A coin was issued" ?
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goodyear2013 wrote:
Hi Semwal,

Thank you for the detail explanation. It helps.
I want to clarify one thing. Is it incorrect to say "A coin was issued" ?

Hi,

In fact the problem with C is that it is a "Run on Sentence" : the first clause has its own subject "dollar coin" and verb "was issued" but the second clause has a verb "features" but lacks a subject.

C. A commemorative silver dollar coin was issued in the same year that the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition was celebrated, features the likeness of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on the obverse and two feathers on the reverse.
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03 Feb 2014, 12:22
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A. the bicentennial were celebrated,
B. As is used to compare duration, causation, and the state of being. Trying to compare years here, so the use of as is improper. Almost like the author is comparing the year to the bicentennial.
C. Run on, second part of sentence doesn't have a subject
D. Only logical choice.
E. bicentennial were celebrated

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16 Feb 2014, 04:59
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goodyear2013 wrote:
Hi Semwal,

Thank you for the detail explanation. It helps.
I want to clarify one thing. Is it incorrect to say "A coin was issued" ?

A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated, [highlight]features [highlight] the likeness of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on the obverse and two feathers on the reverse.
THE HIGHLIGHTED PORTION GIVES OUT THE SUBJECT AND VERB ...........
THE PORTION " issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated" IS A MODIFIER AND THIS MODIFIES THE SUBJECT [i]" commemorative silver dollar coin"[/i] AND CANNOT HAVE THE VERB " was issued " IN IT.......THE VERB FOLLOWS THE MODIFIER..." ..features the likeness...".....

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30 Mar 2016, 22:33
goodyear2013 wrote:
A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated, features the likeness of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on the obverse and two feathers on the reverse.

A. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated,
WERE is wrong here.

B. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year of celebration as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition,
wrong comparison (same year of celeb as expedition) - that of is required

C. A commemorative silver dollar coin was issued in the same year that the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition was celebrated,
Here, Two verbs (was issued and features) for one subject (A coin).

D. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year that the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition was celebrated,
1.was celeberated is correct here.
2. correct sub-verb agreement.
3.correct modifier
Construction is right and error free - (A coin,issued...was celebrated, features)

E. Issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated, a commemorative silver dollar coin
WERE is wrong here.
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25 Jan 2017, 14:53
Can someone please explains the use of "as" in option A and the use of "that" in option D
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Can someone please explains the use of "as" in option A and the use of "that" in option D

Dear Nahid078,

I'm happy to respond, my friend.

The structure "same as" is fine for comparing two similar things. For "same year as," we would need another year; furthermore, this structure calls for a noun following the word "as," whereas (A) makes the mistake of having a clause following (A). We could say
. . . issued in the same year as that of the celebration of the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition . . .
That's a grammatically correct but rhetorically clunky.
. . . issued in the same year as that when the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition was celebrated . . .
That's a little better.

Since we have so much information to include in the second half of the comparison, rather than use "same as" + [noun] + [noun modifier], a structure in which we have to stick all the information into the noun modifying clause, it makes more sense to use the "same year that" structure (we could also use "same year when"). With this structure, we get to the clause right away, with no interruption: thus, this structure makes the sentence smoother.

The magic of the word "same" is that we are saying two things are identical. We don't need a demonstrative pronoun (e.g. "that," "this") precisely because the second item in the comparison is the same thing!

I think (D) would be a little better with "the same year when," rather than "the same year that." There is something a little awkward about (D) that would be corrected by this substitution.

Does all this make sense?
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25 Jan 2017, 23:06
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Nahid078 wrote:
Can someone please explains the use of "as" in option A and the use of "that" in option D

Dear Nahid078,

I'm happy to respond, my friend.

The structure "same as" is fine for comparing two similar things. For "same year as," we would need another year; furthermore, this structure calls for a noun following the word "as," whereas (A) makes the mistake of having a clause following (A). We could say
. . . issued in the same year as that of the celebration of the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition . . .
That's a grammatically correct but rhetorically clunky.
. . . issued in the same year as that when the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition was celebrated . . .
That's a little better.

Since we have so much information to include in the second half of the comparison, rather than use "same as" + [noun] + [noun modifier], a structure in which we have to stick all the information into the noun modifying clause, it makes more sense to use the "same year that" structure (we could also use "same year when"). With this structure, we get to the clause right away, with no interruption: thus, this structure makes the sentence smoother.

The magic of the word "same" is that we are saying two things are identical. We don't need a demonstrative pronoun (e.g. "that," "this") precisely because the second item in the comparison is the same thing!

I think (D) would be a little better with "the same year when," rather than "the same year that." There is something a little awkward about (D) that would be corrected by this substitution.

Does all this make sense?
Mike

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A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated, features the likeness of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on the obverse and two feathers on the reverse.

A. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated,
B. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year of celebration as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition,
C. A commemorative silver dollar coin was issued in the same year that the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition was celebrated,
D. A commemorative silver dollar coin, issued in the same year that the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition was celebrated,
E. Issued in the same year as the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's expedition were celebrated, a commemorative silver dollar coin

The sentence A is incorrect as the bicentennial is a singular entity not plural so all the choices that refer it to as were are eliminated,so we are left with B C and D in the choices B and C distorts the meaning so we are left with option D which is the correct choice.
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