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A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.
(A) A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.
(B) After passing through a red giant stage, depending on its mass, a star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(C) After passing through a red giant stage, a starâ€™s mass will determine if it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(D) Mass determines whether a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(E) The mass of a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will determine whether it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.

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08 Jul 2006, 21:03
It's D.

(B) After passing through a red giant stage, depending on its mass, a star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
>> sounds as if "it" refers to "a red giant stage"
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08 Jul 2006, 21:22
"it" has no clear antecedent in B.

I believe this should be D.
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09 Jul 2006, 01:55
Dead set (D). Omit the modifying clause and the sentence flows perfectly.
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09 Jul 2006, 04:04
yes, it's D for me.

B would have had the chance had the last part after "," started with "the compression" not with "a star"
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09 Jul 2006, 22:33
Clear winner D.

B has modifer problem. It seems it passes the red giant stage depending on mass.
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09 Jul 2006, 22:57
"It" is ambiguous in "depending on its mass".

So D.

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10 Jul 2006, 00:18
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A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.
(A) A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.
(B) After passing through a red giant stage, depending on its mass, a star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(C) After passing through a red giant stage, a starâ€™s mass will determine if it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(D) Mass determines whether a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(E) The mass of a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will determine whether it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.

B vs D

D.. There is another problem with D.. Two modifiers can't be back to back..
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