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# Factories in southern states like Georgia and Mississippi

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27 Jul 2005, 19:11
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Factories in southern states like Georgia and Mississippi employed more than 300,000 workers in the late nineteenth century, but they were driven out of business by increasing federal taxes as well as a labor supply that migrated north in the hope of finding better wages.

Factories in southern states like Georgia and Mississippi employed more than 300,000 workers in the late nineteenth century, but they

More than 300,000 workers had been employed by factories in southern states such as Georgia and Mississippi in the late nineteenth century, but they

In the late nineteenth century, more than 300,000 workers were employed by factories in southern states such as Georgia and Mississippi, but they

More than 300,000 workers had been employed by factories in southern states like Georgia and Mississippi in the late nineteenth century, but these factories

Factories in southern states such as Georgia and Mississippi employed more than 300,000 workers in the late nineteenth century, but these factories

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27 Jul 2005, 19:18
E it is

A B C have modifier problems.

D is possessive and moreover the subject of the Independent clause need to be factories instead of workers.
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27 Jul 2005, 19:20

riteshgupta1 wrote:
E it is

A B C have modifier problems.

D is possessive and moreover the subject of the Independent clause need to be factories instead of workers.
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27 Jul 2005, 20:37
Answer is E because only is grammatically correct.
B, C and D are wrong because they use the passive voice.
They in A, B and C donâ€™t have clear referents as â€œtheyâ€
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27 Jul 2005, 20:43
I will choose E too..The pronoun they is not used confusingly and makes perfect sense..
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28 Jul 2005, 03:19

Here is why.

A) Factories in southern states like Georgia and Mississippi employed more than 300,000 workers in the late nineteenth century, but they
> Nope. They can refer to factories or workers

B) More than 300,000 workers had been employed by factories in southern states such as Georgia and Mississippi in the late nineteenth century, but they
> Nope. They can refer to factories or workers

In the late nineteenth century, more than 300,000 workers were employed by factories in southern states such as Georgia and Mississippi, but they
> Nope. They can refer to factories or workers

More than 300,000 workers had been employed by factories in southern states like Georgia and Mississippi in the late nineteenth century, but these factories
> Maybe. The word "they" is removed, but the sentence pattern does not match the original sentence. Keep it for now.

Factories in southern states such as Georgia and Mississippi employed more than 300,000 workers in the late nineteenth century, but these factories
> YES. No ambiguity + retains the original sentence pattern or structure.

I also agree with Ritesh's explanation. The independent clause should begin with factories.
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28 Jul 2005, 07:55
OA is E....

but the explanation is different from all of you....

according to OE, E is correct a becasue the subject here is factories, so the second independent clause needs to beging with factories.

D vs E.
In D it reads that factories in states "similar" to Georgia, Missipi etc....have .experienced..xyz...

E states that factories "IN" states "Georgia, Missippi" ...have...xyz....
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28 Jul 2005, 08:12
fresinha12 wrote:
Factories in southern states like Georgia and Mississippi employed more than 300,000 workers in the late nineteenth century, but they were driven out of business by increasing federal taxes as well as a labor supply that migrated north in the hope of finding better wages.

Factories in southern states like Georgia and Mississippi employed more than 300,000 workers in the late nineteenth century, but they

More than 300,000 workers had been employed by factories in southern states such as Georgia and Mississippi in the late nineteenth century, but they

In the late nineteenth century, more than 300,000 workers were employed by factories in southern states such as Georgia and Mississippi, but they

More than 300,000 workers had been employed by factories in southern states like Georgia and Mississippi in the late nineteenth century, but these factories

Factories in southern states such as Georgia and Mississippi employed more than 300,000 workers in the late nineteenth century, but these factories

another E

why 1 the action took place in the past at a specific time and is over
so the simple past has to be used
2 Like should not be used in this sentence
to list the state such as has to be used
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28 Jul 2005, 12:21
fresinha12 wrote:

riteshgupta1 wrote:
E it is

A B C have modifier problems.

D is possessive and moreover the subject of the Independent clause need to be factories instead of workers.

I think you misread what I wrote. There is no trick in this questions, the subject of IC need to be factories. If you pick this, rest all choices are wrong...
28 Jul 2005, 12:21
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