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# Described as intemperate and abusive, an extensive and

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Described as intemperate and abusive, an extensive and independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United States documented surprising inconsistencies in the denial rates of individual judges, documenting judges with denial rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent.

(A) Described as intemperate and abusive, an independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United States documented surprising inconsistencies in the denial rates of individual judges, including rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent.
(B) Described as intemperate and abusive, surprising inconsistencies in the denial rates of individual judges that include rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent were analyzed ndependently.
(C) An independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United Sates documented surprising inconsistencies in the denial rates of individual judges described as intemperate and abusive that include rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent.
(D) According to an independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United Sates, individual judges described as intemperate and abusive showed surprising inconsistencies in denial rates, including rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent.
(E) According to an independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United States, judges displayed surprising inconsistencies in denial rates re; as intemperate and abusive, including rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent.
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24 Jan 2011, 08:52
(A) Described as intemperate and abusive, an independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United States documented surprising inconsistencies in the denial rates of individual judges, including rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent. Improper modification of ‘an independent analysis’ by ‘intemperate and abusive’

(B) ‘Described as intemperate and abusive, surprising inconsistencies’ in the denial rates of individual judges that include rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent were analyzed independently.---- Improper modification of intemperate and abusive by surprising inconsistencies

(C) An independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United Sates documented surprising inconsistencies in the denial rates of individual ‘judges described as intemperate and abusive that include rates’ as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent. Judges that include rates? Illogical.

(D) According to an independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United Sates, individual judges described as intemperate and abusive showed surprising inconsistencies in ‘denial rates, including rates’ as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent. Judges described as intemperate and abusive – correct modification; denial rates including rates – correctly describes the inconsistencies. Right choice

(E) According to an independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United States, judges displayed surprising inconsistencies in ‘denial rates re; as intemperate and abusive, including rates’ as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent. Intemperate and abusive modifying rates rather than judges. Improper modification
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26 Jan 2011, 12:38
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Described as intemperate and abusive, an extensive and independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United States documented surprising inconsistencies in the denial rates of individual judges, documenting judges with denial rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent.

(A) Described as intemperate and abusive, an independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United States documented surprising inconsistencies in the denial rates of individual judges, including rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent.
(B) Described as intemperate and abusive, surprising inconsistencies in the denial rates of individual judges that include rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent were analyzed ndependently.
(C) An independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United Sates documented surprising inconsistencies in the denial rates of individual judges described as intemperate and abusive that include rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent.
(D) According to an independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United Sates, individual judges described as intemperate and abusive showed surprising inconsistencies in denial rates, including rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent.
(E) According to an independent analysis of over 297,000 requests for asylum in the United States, judges displayed surprising inconsistencies in denial rates re; as intemperate and abusive, including rates as low as 10 percent and as high as 98 percent.

A is wrong because "Described as intemperate and abusive" describes "an independent analysis" that wouldn't make any sense because analysis cannot abuse or be intemperate. Those are human traits. So let's try to find nouns that would fit more appropriately in that kind of sentence.

B is wrong, again for the same reasons except this time the two adjectives are describing inconsistencies - non-sense, right? Let's move on to the next question.

C is also wrong because the way the sentence is constructed gives the sentence a different meaning, "surprising inconsistencies in the denial rates of individual judges described as intemperate and abusive" if you cross out the object of the preposition (of individual judges) you will see that the denial rates of individual judges are (wrongly) described as intemperate and abusive. C is out.

E is wrong because the construction is awkward in that it would have been better constructed had the adjectives (intemperate and abusive) been closer to the noun (judges) that they're supposed to describe.

D has a clear and concise construction and therefore is the correct answer.
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29 Jan 2011, 12:25
Only D does not have modifier problem.
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09 Mar 2011, 04:17
I went ahead with C..But convinced wid D.
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