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# In the U.S. Presidential election of 1876

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In the U.S. Presidential election of 1876, Democrat Samuel Tilden clearly won the popular vote, but after party leaders resolved disputes about electoral votes in four states, they declared Republican Rutherford B. Hayes the winner, Tilden's supporters acquiescing in exchange for the withdrawal of Federal troops from the South.

A) Tilden's supporters acquiescing in exchange for the withdrawal of Federal troops
B) with Tilden's supporters acquiescing because, in an exchange, Federal troops withdrew
C) and Tilden's supporters acquiesced when they exchanged Federal troops withdrawing
D) but Tilden's supporters acquiesced as an exchange and Federal troops withdrew
E) in exchange causing Tilden's supporters to acquiesce when Federal troops withdrew

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Originally posted by daboo343 on 31 May 2017, 10:55.
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31 May 2017, 11:44
choose B because A, to me, appears run-on sentence.
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31 May 2017, 12:32
daboo343 wrote:
In the U.S. Presidential election of 1876, Democrat Samuel Tilden clearly won the popular vote, but after party leaders resolved disputes about electoral votes in four states, they declared Republican Rutherford B. Hayes the winner, Tilden's supporters acquiescing in exchange for the withdrawal of Federal troops from the South.

A) Tilden's supporters acquiescing in exchange for the withdrawal of Federal troops
B)with Tilden's supporters acquiescing because, in an exchange, Federal troops withdrew
C) and Tilden's supporters acquiesced when they exchanged Federal troops withdrawing
D) but Tilden's supporters acquiesced as an exchange and Federal troops withdrew
E) in exchange causing Tilden's supporters to acquiesce when Federal troops withdrew

C, D,E are straight rejects as they are manipulating the author's intent

Between B and A, A is less complex and easy to understand than B

Hence A
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31 May 2017, 16:27
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daboo343 wrote:
In the U.S. Presidential election of 1876, Democrat Samuel Tilden clearly won the popular vote, but after party leaders resolved disputes about electoral votes in four states, they declared Republican Rutherford B. Hayes the winner, Tilden's supporters acquiescing in exchange for the withdrawal of Federal troops from the South.

A) Tilden's supporters acquiescing in exchange for the withdrawal of Federal troops
B)with Tilden's supporters acquiescing because, in an exchange, Federal troops withdrew
C) and Tilden's supporters acquiesced when they exchanged Federal troops withdrawing
D) but Tilden's supporters acquiesced as an exchange and Federal troops withdrew
E) in exchange causing Tilden's supporters to acquiesce when Federal troops withdrew

C, D,E are straight rejects as they are manipulating the author's intent

Between B and A, A is less complex and easy to understand than B

Hence A

Not sure what do you mean by "less complex and easy to understand" here. Looking back, I can see that A is correct but not sure if we have a reason to explain why B is wrong.
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02 Jun 2017, 02:33
sevenplusplus wrote:
mynamegoeson wrote:
daboo343 wrote:
In the U.S. Presidential election of 1876, Democrat Samuel Tilden clearly won the popular vote, but after party leaders resolved disputes about electoral votes in four states, they declared Republican Rutherford B. Hayes the winner, Tilden's supporters acquiescing in exchange for the withdrawal of Federal troops from the South.

A) Tilden's supporters acquiescing in exchange for the withdrawal of Federal troops
B)with Tilden's supporters acquiescing because, in an exchange, Federal troops withdrew
C) and Tilden's supporters acquiesced when they exchanged Federal troops withdrawing
D) but Tilden's supporters acquiesced as an exchange and Federal troops withdrew
E) in exchange causing Tilden's supporters to acquiesce when Federal troops withdrew

C, D,E are straight rejects as they are manipulating the author's intent

Between B and A, A is less complex and easy to understand than B

Hence A

Not sure what do you mean by "less complex and easy to understand" here. Looking back, I can see that A is correct but not sure if we have a reason to explain why B is wrong.

what is "with" modifying? it is not clear in B. hence IMO B is wrong.
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23 Aug 2017, 11:58
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Hi Sir,
Can you please explain this question.
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In the U.S. Presidential election of 1876, Democrat Samuel Tilden clearly won the popular vote, but after party leaders resolved disputes about electoral votes in four states, they declared Republican Rutherford B. Hayes the winner, Tilden's supporters acquiescing in exchange for the withdrawal of Federal troops from the South.

acquiescing means agreeing

A) Tilden's supporters acquiescing in exchange for the withdrawal of Federal troops--- correct choice
B)with Tilden's supporters acquiescing because, in an exchange, Federal troops withdrew -----with is wrong because it may mean that they declared Rutherford the winner along with Tilden's supporters.
C) and Tilden's supporters acquiesced when they exchanged Federal troops withdrawing --- ambiguous antecedent for 'they' --supporters or party leaders?
D) but Tilden's supporters acquiesced as an exchange and Federal troops withdrew--- No need for the contrast using 'but'
E) in exchange causing Tilden's supporters to acquiesce when Federal troops withdrew --- meaning problem.

A meaning based tough question
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19 May 2018, 20:58

MAGOOSH OE:

A question about Samuel Tilden and the controversial 1876 Presidential Election.

Choice (A) is a grammatical correct structure known as an absolute phrase. This choice is idiomatically correct and logically clear. This is a promising choice.

Choice (B) commits an error involving the structure "with" + [noun] + [participle]. As discussed in this blog, this structure is fine for descriptive detail, but for action by a different actor, as we have in this sentence, this structure puts too much action inside a prepositional phrase. For these reasons, (B) is incorrect.

Choice (C) makes a logical mistake. In the situation described, Tilden's supporters acquiesced in exchange for somebody else giving the order of withdrawing the Federal troops from the South. In other words, Tilden's supporters had no direct dealings with the Federal troops and certainly didn't exchange these troops for anything. Choice (C) is incorrect.

Choice (D) also changes the meaning. In this choice, the final part is stated as two separate fact: (1) Tilden's supporters acquiesced as an exchange (an exchange for what??) and separately (2) Federal troops withdrew. In this choice, it's not clear whether these two facts have any logical connection at all. This is very different from the prompt meaning. Choice (D) is incorrect.

Choice (E) also changes the meaning by change nature of the exchange; this phrasing suggests that all the action after the last comma were in exchange for something earlier in the sentence, and this is very different from the prompt meaning. Choice (E) is incorrect.

Choice (A) is the only possible answer.
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