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In the late 19th century, when Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught as many astronomy majors in a given year as there are today, when Vassar is a much larger, co-educational college.


(A) when Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught as many astronomy majors in a given year as there are today, when

(B) when Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, in a given year, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught just as many astronomy majors as there are in a given year today, when

(C) while Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught a number of astronomy majors in a given year such as there are today, when

(D) while Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught such a number of astronomy majors in a given year as are there today, whereas

(E) when Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught a number of astronomy majors just as large in a given year as the number that is there today, while
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I dont see anything wrong with A.

(B) when Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, in a given year, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught just as many astronomy majors as there are in a given year today, when
Watch the words "in a given year today".Its complicated.

(C) while Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught a number of astronomy majors in a given year such as there are today, when
such has to be used as example..Not to compare the numbers

(D) while Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught such a number of astronomy majors in a given year as are there today, whereas
such error again :wink:

(E) when Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught a number of astronomy majors just as large in a given year as the number that is there today, while
large...number...Clearly wrong
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I do not clearly understand the issue with placement of "in a given year". Can anybody explain the issue? Instructors are very Welcome :)

Originally posted by Financier on 12 Nov 2010, 23:05.
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Financier,

"In a given year" is a prepositional modifier (i.e. it's a modifier, and it starts with a preposition.). A prepositional modifier is simply a form of a noun modifier. The rule with noun modifiers, as you may know, is that noun modifiers must touch the noun they are modifying.

I can't go into the specifics of this question, so let's make this a back and forth here. What is "in a given year" supposed to modify? In which answer choices do these two things touch each other? This will help you narrow it down from 5 answer choices.

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I think we can also approach the issue via another route. Let us first ask - Is the broad-spectrum contrasting conjunction – while - appropriate in the given case or should we use a narrow band and pin pointing – when - for the subordinate conjunction. The usage -while - is not trying to denote a contrast here but is indicating a time frame. Therefore - When - is the proper diction in the given case So Choices C and D can be dropped instantly.

E also has to be dropped with the same contempt, because it is not clear whether the comparison is between - a number -, a countable plural noun, with - the number -a singular noun or it is between - the large astronomy majors - with -the number. –

Now between A and B:

In B, the misplaced prepositional modifier, - in a given year - means to say that Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, in a given year as if it became a different thing in other years. This is not the text’s intent. Hence let us drop B also

IMO, A stands out as the best of the lot, for using the right subordinate conjunction – when - for both the past and present time frames and for placing the prepositional modifier -in a given year - at its due place
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(A) when Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught as many astronomy majors in a given year as there are today, when
(B) when Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, in a given year, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught just as many astronomy majors as there are in a given year today, when
(C) while Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught a number of astronomy majors in a given year such as there are today, when
(D) while Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught such a number of astronomy majors in a given year as are there today, whereas
(E) when Vassar was a small, recently founded women's college, founding professor and astronomer Maria Mitchell taught a number of astronomy majors just as large in a given year as the number that is there today, while

A is the best. Uses the correct Idiom and correct placement of the modifiers
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