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A controversial figure throughout most of his public life,

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Re: A controversial figure throughout most of his [#permalink]

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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 B1ack's returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom
(E)some B1ack's return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him,Africa


Looking at the meaning of sentence, it looks as the sentence is intended to say:-

Blacks return to Africa. To the mentioned leader, this return to the land symbolized the possibility of freedom.

D and E are out because of 'Black's'

(B)that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him. 'Symbolizing' modifies 'land' incorrectly. Also freedom 'to him' is not desired.

(C)that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him. freedom 'to him' is not desired.
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LucyDang wrote:
Can anyone please help me to explain what's the role of " A controversial figure throughout most of his public life"? To which does it complement? I get confused with this noun phrase!


In this case "A controversial figure" is acting as an adjective (modifier), which is providing more information about (modifying) the noun "Marcus Garvey"

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Pillarsofcreation wrote:
daagh Can you explain how C alters the meaning and why is it wrong? I went with A but had difficulty eliminating C.


There are two reasons which I can think of:

1. Usage of "freedom to him" - is incorrect as - Africa symbolized the possibility of freedom

2. Sentence is wordy
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