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Hurtling through space, Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by

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03 Aug 2019, 22:57
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Hurtling through space, Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight.

(A) Hurtling through space, Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight
(B) Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight hurtling through space
(C) Anna saw a shooting star hurtling through space and was transfixerd by the rare beauty of this sight
(D) Anna saw, hurtling through space, a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight
(E) Transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight, Anna saw a shooting star hurtling through space

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05 Aug 2019, 03:21
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Hurtling through space, Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight.

(A) Hurtling through space, Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight
(B) Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight hurtling through space
(C) Anna saw a shooting star hurtling through space and was transfixerd by the rare beauty of this sight
(D) Anna saw, hurtling through space, a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight
(E) Transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight, Anna saw a shooting star hurtling through space

(A) Hurtling through space, Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight - Wrong modifier
(B) Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight hurtling through space - Modiying who?
(C) Anna saw a shooting star hurtling through space and was transfixerd by the rare beauty of this sight - transfixerd spelling mistake also modifying who?
(D) Anna saw, hurtling through space, a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight - Same modifier issue
(E) Transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight, Anna saw a shooting star hurtling through space - Correct

Can anyone please explain why C is right?
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05 Aug 2019, 03:47
(A) Hurtling through space, Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight - "Hurtling through space" modifies Anna, which is not the intended meaning - Incorrect
(B) Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight hurtling through space - "Hurtling through space" seems to refer to the "sight", instead of the shooting star, which is not the intended meaning - Incorrect
(C) Anna saw a shooting star hurtling through space and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight - No obvious errors in meaning - KEEP (I think the OP needs to correct the typo in the sentence.)
(D) Anna saw, hurtling through space, a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight - Sentence construction is a little clunky with "hurtling through space" inserted between commas but no obvious errors in meaning - KEEP
(E) Transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight, Anna saw a shooting star hurtling through space - the usage of "this sight" is only correct if a specific sight has been mentioned previously in the sentence. As there is no previous mention of a specific sight, it is unclear what "this sight" is referring to. - Incorrect

Now we are left with C and D. C is a simpler and more straightforward structure of the sentence. C is the correct answer.
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05 Aug 2019, 05:07
(A) Hurtling through space, Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight- Incorrect modifier as 'Hurtling through space' modifies 'a shooting star'
(B) Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight hurtling through space- Incorrect modifier as 'Hurtling through space' modifies 'a shooting star'
(C) Anna saw a shooting star hurtling through space and was transfixerd by the rare beauty of this sight - This sentences seems correct. Hold
(D) Anna saw, hurtling through space, a shooting star and was transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight - This is an incorrect formation of Verb-ing modifier. As verb-ing modifier can modify verb action or a noun, this sentence formation seems weird. Also we have a better option C, so we can easily eliminate this one.
(E) Transfixed by the rare beauty of this sight, Anna saw a shooting star hurtling through space - no antecedent for 'this'. Incorrect.

Hence C
Re: Hurtling through space, Anna saw a shooting star and was transfixed by   [#permalink] 05 Aug 2019, 05:07