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# Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic

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Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered \$1,000 to do so.

1)Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore
2)When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he
3)Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh
4)Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh
5)Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh
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25 Sep 2004, 05:33
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I am hesitating between B and E ...
I do not see the basic SC mistakes here, just wordy or unappropriate sub sentence links...
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25 Sep 2004, 05:44
I didnt consider B because of the 'being' construction. Among the choices E addresses any modifier issue well. Hence E.

Very reluctant.....(who?), Charles....cosntruction struck me first. Then wehn I read the full sentence it looked right. Hence E.
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25 Sep 2004, 20:38
1. Being is bad in B and D
2. "Since..so,.." is wrong in C
3. "Charles, for...," is wrong structure

E is okay.
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25 Sep 2004, 20:49
E should be it
B uses present participle and describes a present condition
For example, you would use present participle to describe a particular context to separate 2 time dimensions:
He was playing when his brother called him
context: he was playing
triggering event: his brother called him

In the original question, the whole context and subject's action are set in the past so there is no need to use past participle to separate 2 different time frames.
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