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Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was

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he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered $1,000 to do so. is this construction okay.


This is a non-underlined part. Even if it were wrong, I wouldn't bother because the topic is not testing me on that . But that apart, let's dissect this clause

he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail : A simple sntence
despite being offered $1,000 to do so: a modifier
'so' stands for carrying even one pound of mail.
What problem do you see in this construction.
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A. this is wrong because we have two independent clauses -‘Charles Lindbergh was very reluctant’ and ‘he therefore refused to carry…’ connected by a comma. This makes a run-on sentence.

B. The ‘being …’ must have modified the clause after it- >’he therefore refused to carry …’ But this ‘being …’ modifier modifies the clause preceding it -> ‘When Charles …’. The basic rule here is this – a modifier in the middle of a sentence generally modifies the clause before it. Also, B has a meaning error. It implies that while he was flying, he was reluctant to carry extra weight, but before his flight began, he might have been okay with carrying extra weight.

C. commits the same meaning error. Also, ‘since’ and ‘so’ are redundant.

D. Let us try to flip this option. the sentence must still make sense then. ‘The reason he refused to carry even a pound of mail was being very reluctant to carry an extra weight on his plane’. This is awkward. The option would have made more sense if it used ‘reluctance’ instead of ‘being very reluctant’.

E. Correct answer. ‘Very reluctant…’ functions as a modifier.
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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.

(A) Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore

change in meaning : 'for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight' means the flight was very 1st transatlantic flight.

(B) When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he
change in meaning. attempting & being reluctant simultaneously.

(C) Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh
since & so redundant
(D) Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh

Being very reluctant.....was the reason : meaning error

(E) Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh
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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.

(A) Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore - Run on sentence
(B) When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he - "being" is not correctly used as a modifier
(C) Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh - usage of since and so is redundant
(D) Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh - usage of being
(E) Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh - Correct

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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.

(A) Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore

(B) When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he

(C) Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh

(D) Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh

(E) Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh


One of the very challenging question that I have come across.
Let me try to demystify it.

(A) Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore – WRONG- Run on- Two ICs joined without any coordinating conjunctions
(B) When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he – WRONG – Meaning Error- Here “Being very reluctant” is modifying the clause preceding it. Ideally, it should modify “he refused to carry even 1 pound of mail”. So whenever we have a modifier separated by two commas, it makes it unclear whether this modifier modifies the preceding noun or the following noun. Here is the scope of ambiguity in modification.
(C) Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh – WRONG – “DC+ (,) + Coordinating Conjunction + IC” construction is wrong. Only IC can be joined with another IC with comma & coordinating conjunction.
(D) Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh – Wrong- “Was the reason that” is not required. Unnecessary wordy. Sentence without that, replaced by comma (,) is much more concise & direct.
(E) Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh – Correct – “Very reluctant …….transatlantic flight” is correctly modifying Charles. It’s concise & direct.
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Let's break down the whole syntax first.


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. (Adverbial Phrases are been crossed out)
> Whats important the most? :
[It is his 'Refusal' of something to do so]
[He = Charles Lindbergh]

> Which part(s) could be grammatically wrong? :
Charles Lindbergh, 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.
[therefore is not a conjunction.]


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For all below: (Adverbial Phrases are been crossed out based on importance level)

(A) Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore
> 'CL was reluctant ~~~ he there fore refused ~~~'
= there fore is not a [Conjunction] but a [Conjunctive Adverb]
- Could be one of colloquial sayings.

(B) When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he
> 'When he was attempting, he refused'
= sounds award: Was CL really in such situation, which could be the real moment of him stepping off his foot, thereby beginning his transatlantic fight?

(C) Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh
> are redundant

(D) Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh
> 'Being very ~~~, was the reason 'that' CL refused ~~~'
= Doesn't sound good to me at all

(E) Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindberg :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
> 'Very reluctant to have any extra weight ~~~, CL refused ~~~'
= 'CL' 'refused' [Subject] [Verb] stay together
= 'CL' is explicitly written as the person who did the main verb (refused)
- Very reluctant to have any extra weight could be the second important information, which tells the reason why the [Main Subject] did [Main Verb] of the sentence.
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I still dont understand why A is incorrect. This question has been bothering me for a long time. Is there any grammar topic on this form to tackle the same?
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I still dont understand why A is incorrect. This question has been bothering me for a long time. Is there any grammar topic on this form to tackle the same?

Hi Saarthak, as daagh Sir has mentioned above, option A is a run-on sentence: two Independent clauses connected by just a comma.

For example, it is perhaps easy to see why the following sentence is incorrect:

Saarthak prepared for GMAT, he aced it.

The above sentence is a run-on, because the two Independent clauses (1. Saarthak prepared for GMAT 2. he aced it) are just connected by a comma.

The correct sentence would be:

Saarthak prepared for GMAT, and he aced it.

Similarly, in the sentence under consideration, the following two Independent clauses are just connected by a comma:

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

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