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# Clark and Florence Wallace, a husband-and-wife medical team,

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3. Clark and Florence Wallace, a husband-and-wife medical team, worked steadily and efficiently through the night, but sipping their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented.
(A) sipping their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented
(B) sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed to be disoriented, she noticed
(C) as they sipped their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented
(D) as they were sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed, she noticed, disoriented
(E) he seemed disoriented, she noticed, sipping their coffee the next morning
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26 Oct 2005, 16:49
D.

modifying clause (sipping their coffee) in underlined subordinate clause is wrong.
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27 Oct 2005, 15:26
yup OA is C.

but why is D wrong? I don't see anything wrong with D. any taker?
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27 Oct 2005, 20:57
nakib77 wrote:
yup OA is C.

but why is D wrong? I don't see anything wrong with D. any taker?

in D the tense is mixed up - past continous and past tense

D) as they were sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed, she noticed, disoriented
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27 Oct 2005, 20:58
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nakib77 wrote:
yup OA is C.

but why is D wrong? I don't see anything wrong with D. any taker?

in D the tense is mixed up - past continous and past tense

D) as they were sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed, she noticed, disoriented

The mixture of past tense and past continous is a problem???
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27 Oct 2005, 22:05
D is also way too choppy. Try reading it out loud. Too many commas...

Clearly C.
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06 Feb 2013, 21:07
nakib77 wrote:
3. Clark and Florence Wallace, a husband-and-wife medical team, worked steadily and efficiently through the night, but sipping their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented.
(A) sipping their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented
(B) sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed to be disoriented, she noticed
(C) as they sipped their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented
(D) as they were sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed, she noticed, disoriented
(E) he seemed disoriented, she noticed, sipping their coffee the next morning

The sentence should be consistent on its usage of past tense. "Sipping" makes the action sound like it's currently happening. Hence, eliminate A, B and E.

(D) is weird.. "he seemed, she noticed, disoriented..."

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09 Jun 2015, 02:32
nakib77 wrote:
yup OA is C.

but why is D wrong? I don't see anything wrong with D. any taker?

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