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The US Senate's ratification process for Jay's Treaty of 1795, concerning frontiers with Canada, trade relations with the British West Indies, and the payment of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, were so polarizing that it fostered the creation of the political parties in the United States.

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14 Dec 2003, 08:16
had the same doubt between D and E. Finally opt for D.
E seems to be not as good.

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14 Dec 2003, 09:01
stolyar wrote:
had the same doubt between D and E. Finally opt for D.
E seems to be not as good.

Lets try to point out the mistake, if there is one

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15 Dec 2003, 07:35
Explanation anyone ?

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The only choices are B,D and E because of verb was
B - looks like British financers pre-dating the war of independence
D and E look grammatically correct but D has a subtle problem.

The treaty concerns frontiers, relations, and X
frontiers and relations are simple noun forms.
D - Here we have a gerund form of noun paying. D would have been correct if it had payment of private debts
E - The noun is payment to British Financers

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Both D and E have modifer pre-dating the War of Independence correctly placed.

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21 Aug 2010, 09:53
thank god its E....noun form of pay...

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21 Aug 2010, 11:22
The US Senate's ratification process for Jay's Treaty of 1795, concerning frontiers with Canada, trade relations with the British West Indies, and the payment of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, were so polarizing that it fostered the creation of the political parties in the United States.

Breaking the question:

1) The US Senate's ratification process for Jay's Treaty of 1795 was so polarizing that it fostered the creation of the political parties in the United States.
2) concerning frontiers with Canada, trade relations with the British West Indies, and the payment to British financiers of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence

Hence E.

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22 Aug 2010, 00:56
anandnk wrote:
The only choices are B,D and E because of verb was
B - looks like British financers pre-dating the war of independence
D and E look grammatically correct but D has a subtle problem.

The treaty concerns frontiers, relations, and X
frontiers and relations are simple noun forms.
D - Here we have a gerund form of noun paying. D would have been correct if it had payment of private debts
E - The noun is payment to British Financers

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Both D and E have modifer pre-dating the War of Independence correctly placed.

It's indeed a very elegant explanation. Thank you very much.
However, I am still slightly confused. 'paying' is a noun form (a gerund, as you correctly identified). I have never come across a grammar rule which says 'simple' noun should parallel simple noun. As far as I know, the grammar rule is - 'sentence structure should be parallel in parallel elements of the sentence'. Moreover, the organization of phrases in option E seems somewhat awkward to me.

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22 Aug 2010, 01:33
payment of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, were

paying of private debts to British financiers pre-dating the War of Independence, was

payments of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, were

paying of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, was

payment to British financiers of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence, was
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The US Senate's ratification process for Jay's Treaty of 1795, concerning frontiers with Canada, trade relations with the British West Indies, and the payment of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, were so polarizing that it fostered the creation of the political parties in the United States.

payment of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, were

paying of private debts to British financiers pre-dating the War of Independence, was

payments of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, were

paying of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, was

payment to British financiers of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence, was

B and D not || "Concerning relations.... frontiers... and payment.....
So, E
Any doubt???

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22 Aug 2010, 01:46
Good Question....Got Stumped by C. I thought that were is refering to the previous list of __,__, and ___.But now I realise that its the process we are referring to , not the list of Modifiers !!!!!
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22 Aug 2010, 14:00
marked E but still confused with the comma b4 was????

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22 Aug 2010, 18:37
Praetorian wrote:
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The US Senate's ratification process for Jay's Treaty of 1795, concerning frontiers with Canada, trade relations with the British West Indies, and the payment of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, were so polarizing that it fostered the creation of the political parties in the United States.

payment of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, were
paying of private debts to British financiers pre-dating the War of Independence, was
payments of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, were
paying of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence to British financiers, was
payment to British financiers of private debts pre-dating the War of Independence, was

The US Senate's ratification process is singular so it has to was. So ruling out A and C

In B pre-dating the War of Independence is modifying British financiers which changes the meaning.
So coming to ||ism, frontiers with Canada, trade relations with ... all are simple noun. So we should look for simple noun. payment to is simple noun but paying of private debts is gerund.

So E is correcr

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22 Aug 2010, 20:45
I picked E because British appears right after the noun, seems to be more parallel than other choices

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22 Aug 2010, 21:41
damn i chose D and realized later why it should be E

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