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A shy, religious-minded publisher who had married a duke’s daughter, Harold Macmillan’s rise to the position of Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many, though Churchill had since the 1930s been extolling Macmillan’s courage.


(A) Harold Macmillan’s rise to the position of Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many

(B) Harold Macmillan’s rise in 1957 to the position of Prime Minister surprised many

(C) Harold Macmillan’s becoming Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many

(D) Harold Macmillan surprised many by rising to the position of Prime Minister in 1957

(E) the position of Prime Minister attained by Harold Macmillan in 1957 surprised many

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A shy, religious-minded publisher who had married a duke’s daughter, Harold Macmillan’s rise to the position of Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many, though Churchill had since the 1930s been extolling Macmillan’s courage.


(A) Harold Macmillan’s rise to the position of Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many

(B) Harold Macmillan’s rise in 1957 to the position of Prime Minister surprised many

(C) Harold Macmillan’s becoming Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many

(D) Harold Macmillan surprised many by rising to the position of Prime Minister in 1957

(E) the position of Prime Minister attained by Harold Macmillan in 1957 surprised many


In this sentence, "A shy, religious-minded publisher who had married a duke’s daughter" is a noun modifier and it must modify Harold Macmillan and not Harold Macmillan's rise. Options A, B and C are wrong and can be eliminated for this reason.
In option E, the noun - "Harold Macmillan" should be placed closer to it's modifier i.e. "A shy, religious-minded publisher who had married a duke’s daughter". This is wrong.
D is the best option out of the lot.
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Project SC Butler: Day 44: Sentence Correction (SC1)



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A shy, religious-minded publisher who had married a duke’s daughter, Harold Macmillan’s rise to the position of Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many, though Churchill had since the 1930s been extolling Macmillan’s courage.


(A) Harold Macmillan’s rise to the position of Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many

(B) Harold Macmillan’s rise in 1957 to the position of Prime Minister surprised many

(C) Harold Macmillan’s becoming Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many

(D) Harold Macmillan surprised many by rising to the position of Prime Minister in 1957

(E) the position of Prime Minister attained by Harold Macmillan in 1957 surprised many



Meaning Analysis:


Harold Maximillan was a shy, religious-minded publisher who had married a duke’s daughter. Harold Maximillan's rise to the position of Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many people, but since the 1930s, Churchill had been extolling Macmillan’s courage.

Error Analysis & Process of Elimination:



"A shy, religious-minded publisher who had married a duke’s daughter" has no subject and is therefore a clause that is modifying the noun "Harold Maximillan" (as it is giving information about Harold...."being shy, etc.")
In A, the clause incorrectly modifies "Harold Maximillan's rise" instead of "Harold Maximillan"
Hence, eliminate A & B.
C & E also modify "Harold's becoming Prime Minister" and "the position of Prime Minister", instead of "Harold Maximillan"
Hence, eliminate C & E.

D is the correct choice as the preceding clause modifies the noun "Harold Maximillan" correctly.

All one needs to know is that "The noun which is modified by a clause should be placed immediately after the clause (after the comma)".
Once this rule is known, it's a clear 4:1 split in the answer choices here. :)
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