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# Authors of the seventeenth century used alliteration to both refine

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Authors of the seventeenth century used alliteration to both refine their writing and increase a listener’s pleasure.

(A) Authors of the seventeenth century used alliteration to both refine their writing and increase

(B) Authors of the seventeenth century utilized alliteration both to refine their writing and to increase

(C) Seventeenth-century authors utilized alliteration both to refine their writing and to increase

(D) Seventeenth-century authors used alliteration both to refine their writing and to increase

(E) Seventeenth-century authors used alliteration to refine their writing, and also to increase

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06 Jan 2020, 08:38
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Option D

(A) Authors of the seventeenth century used alliteration to both refine their writing and increase
This is a very appealing answer, as there is not any major error. However, thinking very literally
Authors of the seventeenth century
is illogical. How can someone be the author of a century? Nonsensical

(B) Authors of the seventeenth century utilized alliteration both to refine their writing and to increase
Utilized is not the best verb for this purpose

(C) Seventeenth-century authors utilized alliteration both to refine their writing and to increase
Same as B)

(D) Seventeenth-century authors used alliteration both to refine their writing and to increase
Correct

(E) Seventeenth-century authors used alliteration to refine their writing, and also to increase
As I said before, no major error here. However, "and also" can be considered redundant
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