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Being literal-minded about the afterlife, both royalty and commoners

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Being literal-minded about the afterlife, both royalty and commoners arranged to fill their tombs with household objects, each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.

A. each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.
B. all the objects a necessity for daily life, ready for use.
C. all the objects a necessity for daily life, they are ready for use.
D. every object a necessity for daily life, it is ready for use.
E. each object a necessity for daily life, was ready for use.

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Being literal-minded about the afterlife, both royalty and commoners arranged to fill their tombs with household objects, each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.

A. each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use. - correct usage of each and the second clause -"ready for use"
B. all the objects a necessity for daily life, ready for use. - all is not correct
C. all the objects a necessity for daily life, they are ready for use. - all is not correct, they is ambiguous too
D. every object a necessity for daily life, it is ready for use. - every is not correct usage when referring to a collection of objects, it is ambiguous too
E. each object a necessity for daily life, was ready for use. - was ready for use is not a correct clause
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Being literal-minded about the afterlife, both royalty and commoners arranged to fill their tombs with household objects, each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.

A. each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use. ; correct
B. all the objects a necessity for daily life, ready for use. ; incorrect
C. all the objects a necessity for daily life, they are ready for use. incorrect
D. every object a necessity for daily life, it is ready for use. incorrect
E. each object a necessity for daily life, was ready for use. incorrect
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The answer must be A for using an absolute modifier to expand the meaning of the term 'household objects'. In B and C, one would like to call 'all the objects' as necessities of life rather than as a singular necessity. D is a comma splice in that the last clause is dangling without a proper conjugation except for the comma. E spoils the structure of the absolute modifier with a verbed predicate. (Normally, most modifiers are phrases without verbs except the relative clause modifiers started with relative pronouns such as that or which or who.)
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Being literal-minded about the afterlife, both royalty and commoners arranged to fill their tombs with household objects, each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.

A. each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use. - CORRECT .both 'object' and 'necessity' are singular.
B. all the objects a necessity for daily life, ready for use. - 'objects' does not agree with 'necessity' which is singular.
C. all the objects a necessity for daily life, they are ready for use.-'objects' does not agree with 'necessity' which is singular, and they referring to what? light minded? Then 'they are' is wrong since light minded is singular.
D. every object a necessity for daily life, it is ready for use. -'it' referring to light mined or afterlife?
E. each object a necessity for daily life, was ready for use. -unnecessary changing of tense
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B and C are incorrect because “a necessity of daily life” modifies “all objects” and there has to be agreement in number between the noun and it’s modifier. I stand to be corrected, but that’s what I feel.
D is incorrect because the pronoun “it” does not have a suitable antecedent in the sentence.
E is incorrect because the verb “was” does not agree in number with the subject “objects”.
A is correct because if we take out the non-essential modifier, which is also an absolute phrase, we are able see that the sentence concluding appropriately as “...objects ready for use”.

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And I don't know how to proceed. I'm making a guess, (A), because the phrase "each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use" is modifying the household objects.


Being literal-minded about the afterlife, both royalty and commoners arranged to fill their tombs with household objects, each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.

A. each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.
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Being literal-minded about the afterlife, both royalty and commoners arranged to fill their tombs with household objects, each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.

A. each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.
absolute phrase modifiers ...both arranged to fill their tomb with household objects,...., ready for use. What were ready for use - household objects. so good so far. 'a necessity for daily life' modifying each object - singular noun. seems ok sentence

B. all the objects a necessity for daily life, ready for use.
here as in A, use of 'ready for use' is good. next part of the suggests - "a necessity for daily life" modifying all the objects(plural) is not correct..

C. all the objects a necessity for daily life, they are ready for use.
creates a fragment with independent clause- they are ready for use, and has connector with previous clause. both arranged to fill their tomb with household objects,...., they are ready for use

D. every object a necessity for daily life, it is ready for use.
creates a fragment with independent clause- it is ready for use, and has connector with previous clause. both arranged to fill their tomb with household objects,...., it is ready for use.

E. each object a necessity for daily life, was ready for use.
creates a fragment... both arranged to fill their tomb with household objects,...., was ready for use. eventually referring the objects as the noun for verb was. but SV doesn't agree.

A is the answer!
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The sentence means that both royalty and commoners are literal-minded. They use to arrange household objects to keep in their tombs. Further the underlined part modes the ‘objects’ and ten sentence ends with ‘ready or use’. So, we can write the sentence as “Both royalty and commoners arranged to fill their tombs with household objects, each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.” after removing the initial modifier.

Answer choices C and D are redundant for using pronouns ‘they’ and ‘it’ which doesn’t make sense after modifier(underlined part) is removed.

E using ‘was’ does nothing good as well.

Left with A and B, ‘all the objects’ in B seems repeating the ‘household objects’ which again is redundant.

After POE ‘A’ is the answer.

A. each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use. – CORRECT.
B. all the objects a necessity for daily life, ready for use. – WRONG.
C. all the objects a necessity for daily life, they are ready for use. – WRONG.
D. every object a necessity for daily life, it is ready for use. – WRONG.
E. each object a necessity for daily life, was ready for use. – WRONG.

IMO Answer (A).

PS: Though I feel something fishy in question..
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Being literal-minded about the afterlife, both royalty and commoners arranged to fill their tombs with household objects, each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.

A. each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.
B. all the objects a necessity for daily life, ready for use.
C. all the objects a necessity for daily life, they are ready for use.
D. every object a necessity for daily life, it is ready for use.
E. each object a necessity for daily life, was ready for use.

The correct answer is A.

B. Incorrect because of subject-object count disgreement between "all the objects" and "a necessity."
C. Incorrect because of count disagreement as in B. Additionally, C is not parallel, following the modifier "each object a necessity ..." with a conjugated subject and verb ("they are"); note that this also creates a run-on sentence, as there is no conjunction combining the independent clauses.
D. Incorrect because of the conjugated subject and verb ("It is") as in C.
E. Incorrect because the inclusion of the verb "was" creates a run-on sentence and breaks the parallelism between the modifiers.
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Being literal-minded about the afterlife, both royalty and commoners arranged to fill their tombs with household objects, each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.

A. each object a necessity for daily life, ready for use.
B. all the objects a necessity for daily life, ready for use.
C. all the objects a necessity for daily life, they are ready for use.
D. every object a necessity for daily life, it is ready for use.
E. each object a necessity for daily life, was ready for use.


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Correct Answer: A

The best answer is A. In choice A, the words object and necessity, both singular, agree.
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