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# {{Lincoln, discovering in young manhood the secret that the

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{{Lincoln, discovering in young manhood the secret that the Yankee peddler has learned before him, knew}} how to use a good story to generate good will.

(A) Lincoln, discovering in young manhood the secret that the Yankee peddler has learned before him, knew

(B) Discovering in young manhood the secret that the Yankee peddler has learned before him, Lincoln knew

(C) Lincoln, discovering the secret that the Yankee peddler had learned in young manhood before him, knew

(D) In young manhood Lincoln discovered the secret that the Yankee peddler had learned before him:

(E) Lincoln, discovered in young manhood the secret that the Yankee peddler had learned before him, knew

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05 Aug 2014, 09:12
I will go with D.

Reason: All the statements which begin with "Lincoln, discovering/discovered" has one primal flaw. The modifier present is a non-essential modifier and it should modify the subject (i.e) Lincoln.To do so it must begin with "who"

Ex:

Lincoln, who discovered in young manhood the secret that the Yankee peddler had learned before him, knew how to use a good story to generate good will.

Thus the options A,C and E can be eliminated.

In the option B there is no flow in the described events (This could have been achieved by using "had learned before him" instead of "has learned before him").

Hence D.

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