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By the year 2000, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' gripping book

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By the year 2000, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' gripping book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than that of almost any other English book ever written.


A. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than

B. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, which is more than

C. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, more than

D. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than

E. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print and is more than

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Between C and D, I would go with D. It focuses on the cause and effect relation (, making.. ).

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By the year 2000, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' gripping book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than that of almost any other English book ever written.


A. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than

B. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, which is more than

C. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, more than

D. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than

E. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print and is more than


Will go with C. In D, the antecedent of "it" pronoun is unclear and the logical antecedent of "it"is very far.
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New post 12 Nov 2018, 10:48
IMO C.

The crux of the statement is "Tale of Two Cities had 200 million copies ...more than that (copies) of any other English book.

The "it" should then be unnecessary, this helps us eliminate A and D.
Both B and E have commas misplaced, changing the intended meaning of the sentence.
This leaves us with C.

Will wait for the OA.
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Answer should be C. In choice D, the comparison between book and number of copies of other books is wrong.
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By the year 2000, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' gripping book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than that of almost any other English book ever written.


A. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than (making is modifying the entire clause,in this construction, subject is book,which is not correct.the subject of the sentence should be 'A tale of two cities'.)

B. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, which is more than(again the subject is book and relative pronoun 'which' incorrectly refers to copies in print)

C. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, more than( Charles dickens gripping book modifies A tale of two cities, more than refers to print)

D. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than(making modifies the verb , reference of it is at distance. )

E. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print and is more than(same error as in B along with change in meaning)

Will go with choice C

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A. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than
--Incorrect
The modifier "portraying the....aristocracy" needs to be separated from "had around" with a comma, otherwise it sounds awkward- "French aristocracy had around..."


B. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, which is more than
--Incorrect
Same awkwardness as A because of no ",". Incorrect usage of "Which".


C. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, more than
--Correct Changes the meaning slightly though. Doesn't show the cause-and-effect relationship. So won't mark it correct straightaway.


D. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than
Plugging in "A Tale of two cities" in place of "it" comes to- making "A tale of two cities" more than that of any other English book ever written.
Non-sensical --Incorrect

E. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print and is more than
Same Awkwardness as A also meaning change
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Hi expert

In the phrase "more than that of ..... " , what does "that" refer to ?

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By the year 2000, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' gripping book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than that of almost any other English book ever written.


A. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than

B. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, which is more than

C. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, more than

D. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than

E. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print and is more than

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There are three main issues being tested in this question.

(1) The phrase Charles Dickens'...aristocracy is a modifying phrase and must be set off in a pair of commas as it should stand between the subject and verb in order to clearly modify the subject. Modifiers that break the flow of the sentence must be set off in a pair of commas. Without a comma after aristocracy, the modifying phrase is not properly separated from the subject (A Tale of Two Cities) and verb (had).

(2) The pronoun it in the phrase making it more than does not have a clear antecedent (although it probably refers to A Tale of Two Cities).

(3) The phrase making it more than illogically compares a book to a number of copies of a book in print. The sentence should compare a number of copies in print to a number of copies in print.

A. there is no comma between aristocracy and had to set off the modifying phrase; the sentence improperly compares unlike parts; the pronoun it toward the end of the sentence has no clear antecedent
B. there is no comma between aristocracy and had to set off the modifying phrase
C. the modifying phrase between the subject and verb is set off by a comma; the unclear and unnecessary pronoun it has been removed; like parts are being compared (i.e., number of copies in print)
D. the sentence improperly compares unlike parts; the pronoun it toward the end of the sentence has no clear antecedent
E. this is a long run-on sentence; there is no comma between aristocracy and had to set off the modifying phrase; the phrase and is more than is awkward as there is no clear subject to which the verb is refers
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ballest127 - Hope this will cover the question you are asking. Let me know if you have any more doubts.
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Bunuel wrote:
By the year 2000, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' gripping book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than that of almost any other English book ever written.


A. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than

B. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print, which is more than

C. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, more than

D. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy, had around 200 million copies in print, making it more than

E. book portraying the suffering of the proletariat under the brutal subjugation of the French aristocracy had around 200 million copies in print and is more than


This question reminds me why meaning is the king in SC

The Author wants to tell you that --- By the year 2000, A Tale of Two Cities had around 200 million copies in print, more than that (copies) of almost any other English book ever written.
"Had" because of--- By the year 2000
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aragonn - Thank you for your reply

but I'm still not sure what does "that" refer to?

I guess "that" should refer to "copies" but "copies" are plural, so we need "those" instead of "that" ?

Please correct me if I'm wrong
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ballest127 wrote:
aragonn - Thank you for your reply

but I'm still not sure what does "that" refer to?

I guess "that" should refer to "copies" but "copies" are plural, so we need "those" instead of "that" ?

Please correct me if I'm wrong



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THAT OF ---refers to PRINT.
Print of charles dickens book is compared to print of any other book

understand the sentence and comparison, you will be able to decipher what comparison is made
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ballest127 wrote:
aragonn - Thank you for your reply

but I'm still not sure what does "that" refer to?

I guess "that" should refer to "copies" but "copies" are plural, so we need "those" instead of "that" ?

Please correct me if I'm wrong


Here the 'number of copies' are compared. Hence that is correct.

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The ‘it’ in A and D is redundant so we can eliminate these two. Sentences with redundancies are practically never the correct options. B and E get the tenses wrong, this is something that happened in the past. C is the right answer.
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aragonn wrote:
ballest127 - Hope this will cover the question you are asking. Let me know if you have any more doubts.


Hi,

I did not understand "," in C.
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