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By devising an instrument made from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and

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By devising an instrument made from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employing uncommonly precise measurements, in 1797–1798 Henry Cavendish’s apparatus enabled him to arrive at an astonishingly accurate figure for the weight of the earth.

(A) By devising an instrument made from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employing uncommonly precise measurements, in 1797–1798 Henry Cavendish’s apparatus enabled him

(B) In 1797–1798, by devising an instrument made from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employing uncommonly precise measurements, Henry Cavendish’s apparatus enabled him

(C) Henry Cavendish devised an instrument made from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employed uncommonly precise measurements, and in 1797–1798 was able

(D) Having devised an instrument from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employment of uncommonly precise measurements, Henry Cavendish in 1797–1798 was able

(E) By devising an instrument made from a rod, wire, and lead balls, and employing uncommonly precise measurements, Henry Cavendish was able in 1797–1798


E is corerct
Parallel - devising ,........employing
SV - Henry ....was
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New post 31 May 2020, 10:37
I eliminated option E because the sentence ends with "Henry Cavendish was able in"

"was able in" seemed unidiomatic.
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New post 13 Jun 2020, 20:17
In option C, we have the case of two ICs joined by "and", so structurally the sentence is correct. The issue is in meaning. In the second independent clause, "in 1797-1798 was able" - we need to ask who was able? Because it is an independent clause we need to repeat the subject here.
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