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# Although films about the American West depict coyotes as

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Although films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills, in reality these gregarious creatures live in stable groups that occupy the same territory for long periods.
(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills
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19 Feb 2008, 20:16
A. I think the right idiom is depict x as y.

B is Needlessly passive and awkward construction.
C is also passive
D, E use improper idiom
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20 Feb 2008, 01:06
Sentence has comparison issue: although films…, in reality

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills [ Hold it]
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills [ in films about is incorrect idiom – eliminate it]
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West [Enticing but second portion compares “in reality”, so films is correct – eliminate it]
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills [not concise eliminate it]
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills [to be incorrect – eliminate it]

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