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# From plant dyes and other natural ingredients, nineteenth-century cosm

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Updated on: 25 Nov 2018, 11:21
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From plant dyes and other natural ingredients, nineteenth-century cosmeticians developed makeup that could even out complexions and vastly improve a woman's appearance so subtle that even close acquaintances were not aware that she was wearing it.

A. appearance so subtle
B. appearance being so subtle
C. appearance, yet being so subtle
D. appearance, and so subtle
E. appearance, yet be so subtle

Originally posted by admission2020 on 25 Nov 2018, 11:19.
Last edited by Bunuel on 25 Nov 2018, 11:21, edited 1 time in total.
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17 Sep 2019, 14:06
A. appearance so subtle
the adjective "subtle" incorrectly modifies the preceding noun "appearance" because it will be illogically contradicting with "vast improve". the intended meaning is that "subtle" is modifying "makeup", which is so far away from the adjective

B. appearance being so subtle
the participial phrase "being" is incorrectly modifying the noun "appearance", conveying conflicting meaning similar to that of option A.

C. appearance, yet being so subtle
In terms of meaning, "yet" emphasize the contrast between the obvious advantages of the makeup and its unnoticed presence (i.e pros without cons).
"yet" as a conjugation, links between two (or more) clauses that should be parallel.
"improve" is parallel to "even out" through "and"; however, "being" as no similar structure (participial phrase) to be parallel to.

D. appearance, and so subtle
"and" has several problems.
first, in term of meaning, it lacks the contrast that the author is emphasizing.
second, "and" can't be repeated after another and before it.
third, "subtle", as an adjective, has no preceding adjective to be parallel to.

E. appearance, yet be so subtle
"yet" is correctly used to clarify the contrast.
besides, it correctly conjugate "be so subtle" to the preceding clause "even out complexions and vastly improve a woman's appearance".
"be" is parallel to "even out" and "improve".
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