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

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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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08 Sep 2008, 13:10
Can someone please explain whats wrong with A.

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08 Sep 2008, 13:29
neeshpal wrote:
Can someone please explain whats wrong with A.

In A and B.

its not clear who is sipping their coffee

Is it she? or he or they (both)...

This is resolved in C.
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08 Sep 2008, 17:18
i up for A ;

i dont think there is any confusion regarding the verb "sipping" as "she" follows the comma.

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08 Sep 2008, 17:21
one thing that might make A wrong is the presence of "their coffee" , which might mean as if the lady drank both her as well as her husband's coffee

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09 Sep 2008, 05:20
I will go with D. Past continuous tense should be required for cipping coffee.

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10 Sep 2008, 12:47
ssandeepan wrote:
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

I would go for C as well.

(A) "sipping their coffee the next morning" --> this part of option A functions as the modifier trying to modify a subject of the main clause that follows. So when we have "their" in this modifier, you should expect to find a plural noun as the subject of the main clause that follows, however, we have "she", which is a singular pronoun. so wrong.

(B) same reasoning as option A, but this time, we have "he."

(C) Correct. The use of "as" functions as "while." Also, the sentence is more direct by stating that "she noticed that....etc."

(D) Although it corrected the issue of modifier by using "as," the structure of the sentence remains clumsy. that's because this sentence is essentially saying that, "he seemed disoriented and oh by the way, she noticed." know what i mean?

(E) does the same thing as D. Also, it suggests that he was sipping their coffee the next morning. Who are they? was he sipping coffee for other people? that's why it's wrong

hope it helps

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