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Emergency workers attempted numerous times during the hurricane to try and rescue several people stranded on the vessel, but were unable to reach them because of 10-15 foot seas.

A. try and rescue several people stranded

B. try and rescue several people who were stranded

C. try to rescue several people stranded

D. rescue several people, were stranded

E. rescue several people stranded
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attempted and try is redundant.
The use of comma before stranded makes emergency workers stranded not the people.
E is perfect answer

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Emergency workers attempted numerous times during the hurricane to try and rescue several people stranded on the vessel, but were unable to reach them because of 10-15 foot seas.

A, B and C are out because "attempted" makes "try" redundant.

D out because it changes the meaning of the sentence: "Emergency workers were stranded".

Hence E correct.

A. try and rescue several people stranded
B. try and rescue several people who were stranded
C. try to rescue several people stranded
D. rescue several people, were stranded
E. rescue several people stranded --- Correct
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Emergency workers attempted numerous times during the hurricane to try and rescue several people stranded on the vessel, but were unable to reach them because of 10-15 foot seas.

A. try and rescue several people stranded

B. try and rescue several people who were stranded

C. try to rescue several people stranded

D. rescue several people, were stranded

E. rescue several people stranded


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There are several obvious decision points that you should notice in your initial scan of the answer choices.

First, you should see the difference between “try to” and “try and” in (A), (B), and (C) and then the fact that “try” is simply removed in (D) and (E).

Since it is a more defining difference, ask why the testmaker has removed “try” in two answer choices and look for a reason in the underlined or non-underlined portion.

If you look back at the beginning of the sentence you already have the verb “attempted,” so using “try” later in the sentence is redundant.

You would never say “he attempted to try”.

This leaves the final decision between (D) and (E) – since you are trying to specify exactly what people you are talking about (it is restrictive), you should not have a comma after “people” and (E) is correct.

(D) creates a series that is neither logical nor parallel: “the workers attempted to rescue…, were stranded…, but were unable…

The correct answer is (E).
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