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# A most unsociable dog he proved to be, resenting all their advances

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A most unsociable dog he proved to be, resenting all their advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair.

(A) resenting all their advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair

(B) resenting all advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menacing them with bared fangs, and bristling hair

(C) resenting all the advances that they made, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menaced them with bared fangs and bristling hair

(D) resenting all their advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menaced them with bared fangs and bristling hair

(E) resenting all the advances that they made, refusing to let them lay hands on him, and menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair

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15 Feb 2019, 05:35
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A most unsociable dog he proved to be, resenting all their advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair.

(A) resenting all their advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair
- we need "and" before menacing !!

(B) resenting all advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menacing them with bared fangs, and bristling hair
- "bristling" hair is not one of the unsociaable things that the dog is doing !!! The menace is created by 2 things :fangs and hair !!

(C) resenting all the advances that they made, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menaced them with bared fangs and bristling hair
-"and" missing ; parallelism error ..unwarranted use of "verb-ed" modifier because the dog IS STILL a menace

(D) resenting all their advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menaced them with bared fangs and bristling hair
-same as C

(E) resenting all the advances that they made, refusing to let them lay hands on him, and menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair
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15 Feb 2019, 21:34
Bunuel please post the OE... i need an explanation for cjoice A
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15 Feb 2019, 22:20
Shouldn't there be an and before menacing if A is the answer?
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15 Feb 2019, 22:49
Bunuel MartyTargetTestPrep

Although "resenting all their advances" is a better construction thn "resenting all the advances that they made" , there is a missing list makrer "and" in choice A.

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16 Feb 2019, 00:59
Can you please post the official answer explanation. In my opinion, it should be E.
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16 Feb 2019, 03:18
I also fell for E.

Am I the only one to whom this sentence sounds quite strange in general?
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16 Feb 2019, 03:20
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Arro44 wrote:
I also fell for E.

Am I the only one to whom this sentence sounds quite strange in general?

@rro44 i feel the same way !! It look like the snetence was picled from the middle of somehwere !! no pronoun references !!!
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24 Feb 2019, 00:34
Bunuel Please help! It seems most of the people think it should be E! Even I fell prey to it.
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27 Feb 2019, 03:43
Bunuel wrote:
A most unsociable dog he proved to be, resenting all their advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair.

(A) resenting all their advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair

(B) resenting all advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menacing them with bared fangs, and bristling hair

(C) resenting all the advances that they made, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menaced them with bared fangs and bristling hair

(D) resenting all their advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menaced them with bared fangs and bristling hair

(E) resenting all the advances that they made, refusing to let them lay hands on him, and menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

A. resenting all their advances, refusing to let them lay hands on him, menacing them with bared fangs and bristling hair

Check the answers for parallel structure. The list of the dog’s unsociable traits is presented in –ing form, so eliminate Choices (C) and (D) because they break the structure with the past-tense form menaced. Pay attention as you examine Choice (B); it can’t be correct. Bristling is used as an adjective to describe the dog’s hair rather than a noun to end the list of traits. So the comma before the and is incorrect. The options are down to Choices (A) and (E). Choice (E) contains unnecessary words. The use of their advances is more succinct than the advances that they made, so Choice (A) is a better answer. Don’t get caught up with the lack of a comma and conjunction before the last element of the list. The sentence takes a bit of poetic license with standard list form, and no option exists to change the format.
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