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# A controversial figure throughout most of his public life,

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A controversial figure throughout most of his public life, the Black leader Marcus Garvey advocated that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom.
(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom
(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him
(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him
(D) some Blackâ€™s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom
(E) some Blackâ€™s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa
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30 May 2005, 00:38
HIMALAYA wrote:
Clear A.

Yes. A. 'that' is used to introduce an essential modifier for the noun Africa. This modifier is essential as it expressed a certain feeling for Africa. It's not just Africa, but a place which represented freedom for the Blacks.
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30 May 2005, 00:59
A appears to be a better choices among the others as the modifiers in other cases are very vague.
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04 Jun 2005, 17:03
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A controversial figure throughout most of his public life, the Black leader Marcus Garvey advocated that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom.
(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom
(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him
(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him
(D) some Blackâ€™s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom
(E) some Blackâ€™s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa

My AC is A.

Eliminate AC C, D becuase of "was"....Africa was...?? change of tense changes the meaning.

B, changes Africa to "African" Land....Changes a noun with an appostive to an adjective "African".

E, "Africa" is just just dangling. Doesnt make sense. My AC is A
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08 Jun 2005, 07:45
OA is A
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05 Jun 2010, 06:50

Eliminates D and E

Among A/B/C

C : uses 2 which to refer to Africa. Thats pretty weird.

(C) that some Blacks return to Africa [highlight]which[/highlight]was the land [highlight]which[/highlight]symbolized the possibility of freedom to him

B : is a change of meaning (African land is not the same as Africa)
A : is awkward. But no choice left.

hence A.
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05 Jun 2010, 06:53
Among A/C

If I were doing the actual exam, I would choose A since has the minimum references. Minimum which, min that etc
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Re: SC:Controversial figure   [#permalink] 05 Jun 2010, 06:53
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