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Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, consists of tens of thousands of ideographic characters, each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(B) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(C) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(D) every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(E) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their

People say that b changes the meaning, I can't see it.
How is b defferent from a in terms of meaning?
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09 Mar 2012, 21:07
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Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, consists of tens of thousands of ideographic characters, each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(B) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(C) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(D) every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(E) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their

People say that b changes the meaning, I can't see it.
How is b defferent from a in terms of meaning?

Most importantly, try to spot that choice B has "their", which is plural but "frame" is singular. So that eliminates B,D and E. Now, C begins with "all" and ends with "its", so A is the right choice.
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10 Mar 2012, 00:20
B has also a problem of parallelism. All characters are not parallel with composition. It would have compositions to become correct.
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13 Mar 2012, 20:14
I chose A for this question:

Note that the most important concept for this question is subject verb agreement. The most obvious SV agreement is between the first and last word of the underlined portion of the sentence. However, notice that "a miniature calligraphic composition" is also singular, so you must make sure all 3 parts are in agreement.

A. Each character, composition and its are all in agreement. All three of these elements are singular, so this answer choice is correct.

B. Although "all the characters and their" are in agreement, "a miniature calligraphic composition" is still singular. Therefore, we still have a subject verb agreement error.

C. "all the characters" is not in agreement with "its" and "a miniature calligraphic composition."

D. "Every character" is in agreement with "a miniature calligraphic composition," but not in agreement with "their."

E. "Each character" is in agreement with "a miniature calligraphic composition," but no in agreement with "their."
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13 Mar 2012, 20:35
A is the best here as per subject verb agreement.
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18 Mar 2012, 14:39
Its A, because "each" rightly define the context of use ( each alphabet) and the pronoun "its" correctly refer to the same antecedent noun "each alphabet".
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19 Mar 2012, 04:45
+1 A

Narrowed it to A by using 'each' & 'its'
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