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In 1985, the california supreme court lifted a ban on fortune tellers,

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In 1985, the california supreme court lifted a ban on fortune tellers, which likened them as economic prognosticators and investment counselors who also make predictions for profit.

a) which linked them as
b) who have been likened as
c) who are likened to be
d) likening them to
e) which were likened to be

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In 1985, the california supreme court lifted a ban on fortune tellers, which likened them as economic prognosticators and investment counselors who also make predictions for profit.

a) which linked them as
b) who have been likened as
c) who are likened to be
d) likening them to
e) which were likened to be



the question is about MODIFIERS
what does the portion - "which likened them as[/u] economic prognosticators and investment counselors who also make predictions for profit. "- modify??
it is clearly the BAN that likened them to....

what do we have before COMMA - It is "fortune teller", a wrong object being modified.

so hw do we correct it - BY introducing a modifier that is not restricted by touch rule, the way WHICH or WHO are restricted..
One way to correct is to introduce a VERB+ING modifier that can modify the previous clause - A ban on fortune tellers

ONLY D has a modifier of this type
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Narrow down to choices D and E
I would go with E for this question

a) which linked them as - means fortune teller link something .. not correct
b) who have been likened as --- Tense issue
c) who are likened to be - Tense issue
d) likening them to - Court likening them to - this does not sound right to me
e) which were likened to be

Construction wise , I find E more appropriate ...

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A and B can be taken out. They use ‘as’ for nouns.

C and E have modifier errors. The pronouns in both of them are supposed to refer to ‘the California Supreme Court’ but instead refer to ‘fortune tellers’.



D is the right answer.
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push12345 wrote:
Narrow down to choices D and E
I would go with E for this question

a) which linked them as - means fortune teller link something .. not correct
b) who have been likened as --- Tense issue
c) who are likened to be - Tense issue
d) likening them to - Court likening them to - this does not sound right to me
e) which were likened to be

Construction wise , I find E more appropriate ...

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Here, which cannot refer back to a whole clause, which refers to the noun immediately preceding it. So, it should be - likening them to.
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