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# Joan of Arc, a young Frenchwoman who claimed to be divinely

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Joan of Arc, a young Frenchwoman who claimed to be divinely inspired, turned the tide of English victories in her country by liberating the city of Orleans and she persuaded Charles VII of France to claim his throne.

(A) she persuaded Charles VII of France to claim his throne
(B) persuaded Charles VII of France in claiming his throne
(C) persuading that the throne be claimed by Charles VII of France
(D) persuaded Charles VII of France to claim his throne
(E) persuading that Charles VII of France should claim the throne
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10 Oct 2012, 13:28
The underlined portion has to be parallel to "turned the tide of English victories in her country", hence only B and D qualify.
B has an awkward construction. So D wins!

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10 Oct 2012, 20:54
Parallel structure tests entities in a list which is identified by a marker and the list should talk about a common topic.

Here the marker is “and” and the entities are:

turned the tide of English victories in her country by liberating the city of Orleans
she persuaded Charles VII of France to claim his throne

Both the entities talk about what Joan of Arc did. Both should be parallel.

"She" is redundant, Eliminate A
“Turned” is parallel to “persuaded”, eliminate C and E

Between B and D
“to claim” is the correct idiom. D wins

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10 Oct 2012, 23:34
Sorry, I think right answer but wrong explanation...

for example -
“to claim” is the correct idiom.
D wins as Persuaded X to Y is correct idiom and persuaded X in Y is not. Nothing wrong with 'to claim' or 'in claiming'.

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Parallel structure tests entities in a list which is identified by a marker and the list should talk about a common topic.

Here the marker is “and” and the entities are:

turned the tide of English victories in her country by liberating the city of Orleans
she persuaded Charles VII of France to claim his throne

Both the entities talk about what Joan of Arc did. Both should be parallel.

"She" is redundant, Eliminate A
“Turned” is parallel to “persuaded”, eliminate C and E

Between B and D
“to claim” is the correct idiom. D wins

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Concept Tested: Parallelism, Idioms
Difficulty: Moderate
Illustration:
A. The clause after "and" is an independent clause and thus requires a "," before the and.
B. Unidiomatic. "Persuaded X to do Y" is the correct idiomatic construction.
C. Unidiomatic. "Persuaded X to do Y" is the correct idiomatic construction.
D. Correct usage of parallel structure and idioms.
E. Same error as B and C. Also "should" implies moral obligation.
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14 Oct 2012, 05:05
Point to note here is that "she" is not entirely redundant.
Maggie woke up with a rush, and she dressed up as fast as she could to meet her boyfriend.
Nothing is wrong with the above sentence.
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15 Oct 2012, 08:38
This tests parallelism.

Joan of Arc turned the tide ... and persuaded...

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