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All across Detroit, whitewashed fences, new roofs, and freshly painted

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Re: All across Detroit, whitewashed fences, new roofs, and freshly painted [#permalink]

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New post 27 Apr 2017, 01:23
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All across Detroit, whitewashed fences, new roofs, and freshly painted porches are signs of a brisk urban renewal led by new immigrants, one clapboard house at a time.

A. renewal led by new immigrants, one clapboard house at a time
B. renewal led by new immigrants, with one clapboard house at a time
C. renewal that has been led by new immigrants, with one clapboard house at a time
D. renewal, which had been led by new immigrants, one clapboard house at a time
E. renewal, which has been led by new immigrants and one clapboard house at a time


My take

Meaning - In Detroit, Immigrants renovate the houses. renovation of clapboard houses occurs one at a time.
A. Noun phrase modifier - one clapboard house at a time seems to modify the action of renewal.
B. Prepositional phrase modifier - with one clapboard house at a time illogically seems to modify immigrants
Now sentence says immigrants with one clapboard house at a time instead renovation of clapboard houses occurs one at a time.
C. Tense error - renovation of clapboard houses has been ledrr by new immigrants.
Now sentence says the act of renovation completed but effect is present. This not case renovation may continue in the future
This sentence also has Prepositional phrase modifier - with one clapboard house at a time illogically seems to modify immigrants
D. Tense error - renovation of clapboard houses had been led by new immigrants.
Now sentence says the act of renovation completed before another events, but we don't have any two related events in the past for sequencing.
E. Tense error as in C + Parallelism error
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All across Detroit, whitewashed fences, new roofs, and freshly painted porches are signs of a brisk urban renewal led by new immigrants, one clapboard house at a time.

A. renewal led by new immigrants, one clapboard house at a time

B. renewal led by new immigrants, with one clapboard house at a time
C. renewal that has been led by new immigrants, with one clapboard house at a time
D. renewal, which had been led by new immigrants, one clapboard house at a time
E. renewal, which has been led by new immigrants and one clapboard house at a time

Option A is correct
B has unnecessary pronoun with
C again repeats the same mistake .
D used past perfect tense when we have present tense in the main clause.
E make the two clauses parallel which is wrong .One clapboard at a time should modify the previous clause.
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Re: All across Detroit, whitewashed fences, new roofs, and freshly painted [#permalink]

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New post 09 Mar 2018, 02:36
I easily fall prey of this type of constructions: one with some sort of modifiers at the end
Pls experts canyou explain how to avoid pitfalls on Q's with prepositional, adjectival, or noun
modifiers at the end. Good examples would be much helpful.
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