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# In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women,

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25 Apr 2016, 03:51
This question is actually a test of meaning.

A and B are of course out due to modifiers. But look at C and D

Women's equal political and legal rights.

This implies women should have equal amounts of political and legal rights ( This is so absurd)

We need

equal political and legal rights for women.

Which is present only in E.
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19 May 2017, 08:36
eyunni wrote:
In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women, arguing in a treatise for
women to have equal political and legal rights
and for changes in the married women’s
property laws.

A. arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights
B. arguing in a treatise for equal political and legal rights for women
C. a treatise that advocates women’s equal political and legal rights
D. a treatise advocating women’s equal political and legal rights
E. a treatise that argued for equal political and legal rights for women

A The present participial phrase illogically implies that "arguing" is a result of the prior action "published," but in this case the publishing does not lead to or cause the arguing. They are distinct events. To test for yourself, you can insert "because" into the sentence: "In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women because she argues in a treatise for women..."
B The present participial phrase illogically implies that "arguing" is a result of the prior action "published," but in this case the publishing does not lead to or cause the arguing. They are distinct events.
E Correct.
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21 May 2017, 12:10
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15 Aug 2017, 04:47
Why E and not C? Can somone help?

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21 Oct 2017, 13:50
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Why E and not C? Can somone help?

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Hello Shanjivkumar - I will try to answer your question, for that, I will replace the underlined portion in the original sentence with option C.

In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women, a treatise that advocates women’s equal political and legal rights and for changes in the married women’s property laws.

If you carefully look at the highlighted portions you will see that we are having parallelism issues here.

"advocates women’s" is not parallel to "for changes" - Usage of "and" mandates strict parallelism before and after "and".

Option E eliminates this problem by adding "that argued for equal" - Hence - Option E is correct.

Hope this helps.
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24 Nov 2017, 21:19
I find it fascinating that ..many believe there HAS to be a right answer. In this case, ALL OF these are wrong.

Why is that possible? Because this isn't an official question!

In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women, arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights and for changes in the married women’s property laws.

A. arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights
"arguing in a treatise" clause vs. appositive modifier "a treatise" the second is more clear. Therefore eliminate.
B. arguing in a treatise for equal political and legal rights for women
"arguing in a treatise" clause vs. appositive modifier "a treatise" the second is more clear. Therefore eliminate.
C. a treatise that advocates women’s equal political and legal rights
Missing parallelism marker: "for"
D. a treatise advocating women’s equal political and legal rights
Missing parallelism marker: "for"
E. a treatise that argued for equal political and legal rights for women
"a treatise that argued" doesn't sound right either. Can a treatise argue literally? Nope. It can present an argument though.

In my view, none of these are rigorous enough to stand as an official question.
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05 Mar 2018, 10:35
ChrisLele wrote:
@raphardu

Correct Sentence:

In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women, a treatise that argued for equal political and legal rights for women

The structure of the correct sentence, which is (E), is as follows:

The phrase beginning with 'a treatise...' is an adjectival phrase modifying Discourse on Women.

Also, a 'treaty', or any document for that matter, can 'argue'.

e.g. The Declaration of Independence argued for the preeminence of men's freedom over the whimsies of tyranny.

Hope that helps .

Hi,

I also read on Manhattan/GMATClub/BTG that "advocates" for is not correct idiom. Today i saw below news headline in CNN website . Is below sentence wrong ?

Jon Stewart advocates for health program for 9/11 first responders.

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06 Mar 2018, 06:48
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In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women, arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights and for changes in the married women’s property laws.

A. arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights
B. arguing in a treatise for equal political and legal rights for women
C. a treatise that advocates women’s equal political and legal rights
D. a treatise advocating women’s equal political and legal rights
E. a treatise that argued for equal political and legal rights for women

Imo E

Wow this an easy if you are paying attention to the meaning as B is tricky .

A Well she put her arguments for equal political and legal rights for women in the the treatise and but this action did not result in her arguing rather her treatise argued in favor of equal political and legal rights.

B same mistake as A
C Wrong parallelism
D This one is fragment remember advocating here is noun modifier modifying treatise
E is correct
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26 Mar 2018, 08:24
I got the answer right but I have a doubt.

Should'nt there be a comma before "and" in "and legal rights for women" because it is the second element in the list.

If no, please explain when should comma be used with "and" when "and" is used for separating the last element in a list?
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28 Jun 2018, 10:32
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If a list has only two elements, we do not need to put a comma; Only when the list contains more than two items, then we put a comma between each of those items and finally of course, "a comma + and" before the last thing.
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28 Jun 2018, 11:50
In 1850 Lucretia Mott published her Discourse on Women, arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights and for changes in the married women’s property laws.

A. arguing in a treatise for women to have equal political and legal rights
B. arguing in a treatise for equal political and legal rights for women
C. a treatise that advocates women’s equal political and legal rights
D. a treatise advocating women’s equal political and legal rights
E. a treatisethat argued for equal political and legal rights for women

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