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Dreading another trip to the cat clinic, her veterinarian was persuade

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Dreading another trip to the cat clinic, her veterinarian was persuaded to treat her cat at her home, a rather combative two-year-old black male.


(A) her veterinarian was persuaded to treat her cat at her home, a rather combative two-year-old black male

(B) she persuaded her veterinarian to treat her cat at her home, the cat being a rather combative two-year-old black male

(C) Jessica persuaded her veterinarian to treat her cat, a rather combative two-year-old black male, at her home

(D) Jessica persuaded her veterinarian that her rather combative two-year-old black male cat would best be treated at her home

(E) she persuaded her veterinarian that her home should be the place that her rather combative two-year-old black male cat was treated at

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(A) her veterinarian was persuaded to treat her cat at her home, a rather combative two-year-old black male

(B) she persuaded her veterinarian to treat her cat at her home, the cat being a rather combative two-year-old black male

(C) Jessica persuaded her veterinarian to treat her cat, a rather combative two-year-old black male, at her home --> Correct, removes modifier error, and "persuade to" is the correct idiom

(D) Jessica persuaded her veterinarian that her rather combative two-year-old black male cat would best be treated at her home

(E) she persuaded her veterinarian that her home should be the place that her rather combative two-year-old black male cat was treated at

Hence, C.
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Dreading another trip to the cat clinic, her veterinarian was persuaded to treat her cat at her home, a rather combative two-year-old black male.


(A) her veterinarian was persuaded to treat her cat at her home, a rather combative two-year-old black male

(B) she persuaded her veterinarian to treat her cat at her home, the cat being a rather combative two-year-old black male

(C) Jessica persuaded her veterinarian to treat her cat, a rather combative two-year-old black male, at her home

(D) Jessica persuaded her veterinarian that her rather combative two-year-old black male cat would best be treated at her home

(E) she persuaded her veterinarian that her home should be the place that her rather combative two-year-old black male cat was treated at


Modifier - 'Dreading another trip to the cat clinic' should modify the person who is dreaded not her veterinarian, so A is out.
B and E - no precedent of pronoun 'she', so both are out.
C is better than D since it contains an appositive describing the cat and uses the past tense, whereas D uses 'would' which indicates future uncertainty. Also in D, 'rather....than' is required.
Answer C.
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Dreading another trip to the cat clinic, her veterinarian was persuaded to treat her cat at her home, a rather combative two-year-old black male.


(A) her veterinarian was persuaded to treat her cat at her home, a rather combative two-year-old black male

"Dreading another trip to the cat clinic" modifies her veterinarian which doesn't make sense. It should instead modify "Jessica" INCORRECT

(B) she persuaded her veterinarian to treat her cat at her home, the cat being a rather combative two-year-old black male

Pronoun error. There is no antecedent for pronoun "she" INCORRECT

(C) Jessica persuaded her veterinarian to treat her cat, a rather combative two-year-old black male, at her home

(D) Jessica persuaded her veterinarian that her rather combative two-year-old black male cat would best be treated at her home

"persuaded" implies subjunctive and requires "to verb" INCORRECT

(E) she persuaded her veterinarian that her home should be the place that her rather combative two-year-old black male cat was treated at

Pronoun error. There is no antecedent for pronoun "she" INCORRECT

Hence option C

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Even though I picked option C for above mentioned reasons, I believe the option C has a pronoun ambiguity error. The third occurrence of "her" can sensibly refer back to either Jessica or veterinarian.

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It is true that 'her home' doesn't make clear whose home it was. But such a supposition would entail some 'ifs and buts' such as that the veterinarian was a female and that the female veterinarian also treated cats from her own home, a stretched logic
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Bunuel wrote:
Dreading another trip to the cat clinic, her veterinarian was persuaded to treat her cat at her home, a rather combative two-year-old black male.


(A) her veterinarian was persuaded to treat her cat at her home, a rather combative two-year-old black male

(B) she persuaded her veterinarian to treat her cat at her home, the cat being a rather combative two-year-old black male

(C) Jessica persuaded her veterinarian to treat her cat, a rather combative two-year-old black male, at her home

(D) Jessica persuaded her veterinarian that her rather combative two-year-old black male cat would best be treated at her home

(E) she persuaded her veterinarian that her home should be the place that her rather combative two-year-old black male cat was treated at


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This sentence contains two modifier challenges: the introductory clause marks one modifier and the final clause (a rather combative...) marks another. As the sentence stands, the initial modifier is what's known as a dangling modifier; there is no subject in the sentence that it can modify. Knowing that you need the name of whoever dreads this trip to follow the modifier, you can eliminate (A), (B), and (E). She in (B) is unacceptable because the sentence doesn't tell you who "she" is. Both (C) and (D) correctly place the second unflattering modifier next to cat, but (D) is certainly wordier (would best be treated loses when compared to to treat). That leaves (C).
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