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By the time he returned, the northern regions of his county had become

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By the time he returned, the northern regions of his county had become unsafe; so he traveled south and started hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate them.

A) so he traveled south, and started hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate them.

B) so he started traveling south, hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

C) and he traveled south, hired land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

D) and he started traveling south, hired land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

E) so he traveled south and started hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

Why is B wrong?

Originally posted by sheena025 on 24 Nov 2018, 11:18.
Last edited by generis on 24 Nov 2018, 12:45, edited 2 times in total.
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sheena025 wrote:
By the time he returned, the northern regions of his county had become unsafe; so he traveled south and started hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate them.

A) so he traveled south, and started hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate them.

B) so he started traveling south, hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

C) and he traveled south, hired land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

D) and he started traveling south, hired land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

E) so he traveled south and started hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

Why is B wrong?

sheena025 ,

Please specify the source of this question in the original post.

Just beneath option (E), write
SOURCE: _________

1) is county supposed to be country?

2) please include the OA in your original topic post

3) what is the OA according to your source? (Important.)

Please read and follow Rules for Posting in the Verbal Forum.

Thanks.

In answer to the question in the spoiler that I added (try not to reveal any answers so that others may benefit from your question):

Option B is incorrect because COMMA + PARTICIPLE (comma + ___ING, or comma + verbING), called a participial phrase,
modifies the entire previous clause.

Present participial modifiers preceded by a comma and placed at the end of a sentence often
give additional information (as if in afterthought) or present the effect or result of the previous clause.
(Those two purposes are not the only two.)

Correct: Hurricane-force winds tore through the city, destroying all the skyscrapers.
The participial phrase is a result of the clause that precedes it.

In option (B) "hiring land . . . " cannot modify "so he started traveling south."
To attempt such a modification produces nonsense.

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Is the answer E?

E. so he traveled south and started hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

This goes with returned, traveled and started. All in sync
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What is OA

I thnk C should be answer . And presence actually relates to different clause and in C it is clear
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sheena025 wrote:
By the time he returned, the northern regions of his county had become unsafe; so he traveled south and started hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate them.

A) so he traveled south, and started hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate them.

B) so he started traveling south, hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

C) and he traveled south, hired land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

D) and he started traveling south, hired land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.

E) so he traveled south and started hiring land around present day Vlaardingen in order to cultivate it.



My POE:
A) THEM is incorrect
B) STARTED should be the action of the second action. Meaning is also changed since second clause beginning with HIRING now modifies the preceding clause
C) Same as B. 2nd clause is now modifying the first clause "he traveled south"
D) Same as D
E) Correct

Is the OA E?
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