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Even through heavy cloud cover, brilliant sunsets can fully brighten

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Even through heavy cloud cover, brilliant sunsets can fully brighten the sky being so momentary that a person could easily miss the display.

A. sky being so momentary
B. sky so momentary
C. sky, also being so momentary
D. sky yet be so momentary
E. sky however momentary

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Even through heavy cloud cover, brilliant sunsets can fully brighten the sky being so momentary that a person could easily miss the display.

A. sky being so momentary
B. sky so momentary
C. sky, also being so momentary
D. sky yet be so momentary
E. sky however momentary


+1 for D

We need a contrast here as the sentence says,
brilliant sunsets can fully brighten the sky
a person could easily miss the display

Hence, D provides the contrast using 'yet'
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New post 25 Sep 2018, 02:54
the meaning of the sentence is even through heavy cloud cover , sunsets can fully brighten the sky (positive) but only lasts for a moment - that a person easily misses the display(contrast). hence yet in D makes sense.
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Even through heavy cloud cover, brilliant sunsets can fully brighten the sky being so momentary that a person could easily miss the display.

A. sky being so momentary
B. sky so momentary
C. sky, also being so momentary
D. sky yet be so momentary
E. sky however momentary


OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

(A) contains the modification error and can be eliminated.

(B) and (E) remove "being," but this does not fix the problem that "momentary" still seems to describe the sky.

(C) creates a new phrase at the end of the sentence but starts it with "also being." The word "also" does not establish the correct relationship between sunsets that can light up the whole sky yet be easily missed by someone watching. The sentence needs a word that conveys a contrast.

(D) uses "yet" to create a logical contrast between the brightness of the sunset and the possibility that people will still miss it. Also, the new structure provides two parallel actions (sunsets can brighten yet be momentary). This compound predicate makes it clear that "momentary" refers to sunsets, eliminating the initial error. (D) is the correct answer.

TAKEAWAY: When an adjective is placed so that it modifies the wrong noun, the solution may be to create a compound predicate that correctly relates the subject to each of its qualities.
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