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# Making a legacy for himself as a President who wanted to have

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Project SC Butler: Day 62: Sentence Correction (SC1)

Making a legacy for himself as a President who wanted to have the last word on any decision, the phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman.

(A) the phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman

(B) phrasing "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman

(C) "the bucks stops here" was a phrase coined by Harry S. Truman

(D) Harry S. Truman coined the phrase "the bucks stops here"

(E) Harry S. Truman's phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined

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07 Jan 2019, 11:40
Making a legacy for himself as a President who wanted to have the last word on any decision, the phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman.

Meaning analysis: As a President Harry S. Truman did several things: made a legacy for himself, wanted to have the last word on any decision and coined the phrase "the bucks stops here"

Error analysis: Opening modifier “Making” has to be followed by the Doer of this action, original sentence fails to do so. Knowing this we can easily eliminate A, B, C, and E. D is correct answer, lets look at sentence structure.

Making a legacy for himself as a President
…………………..….who wanted to have the last word on any decision, (modifies a President)
………..the phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman. (“making” seems to modify “the phrase” – nonsensical, so we have to rephrase sentence structure to convey logical intended meaning)

(A) the phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman

(B) phrasing "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman
("phrasing" seems to be // to "making" but missing //ism marker, moreover this modifiers are not followed by the doer of this actions, awful)

(C) "the bucks stops here" was a phrase coined by Harry S. Truman
(still opening modifier error)

(D) Harry S. Truman coined the phrase "the bucks stops here"

(E) Harry S. Truman's phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined
(this is treaky one, seems that "making" followed by the doer, but it still our "phrase" possessed with Harry S. Truman)

D is the absolutely winner
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07 Jan 2019, 12:37
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Project SC Butler: Day 62: Sentence Correction (SC1)

Making a legacy for himself as a President who wanted to have the last word on any decision, the phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman.

(A) the phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman

(B) phrasing "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman

(C) "the bucks stops here" was a phrase coined by Harry S. Truman

(D) Harry S. Truman coined the phrase "the bucks stops here"

(E) Harry S. Truman's phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined

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Modifier question. What is the first part of the sentence Making a legacy for himself as a President who wanted to have the last word on any decision, supposed to modify? Is it the phrase or Harry S Truman?

It needs to modify president truman so the only possible answer is D.
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07 Jan 2019, 12:46
Making a legacy for himself as a President who wanted to have the last word on any decision, the phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman.

(A) the phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman

(B) phrasing "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman

(C) "the bucks stops here" was a phrase coined by Harry S. Truman

(D) Harry S. Truman coined the phrase "the bucks stops here"

(E) Harry S. Truman's phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined

Making a legacy for himself as a President who wanted to have the last word on any decision,. Who ? So A ,B , C and E are OUT .
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07 Jan 2019, 23:20
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Making a legacy for himself as a President who wanted to have the last word on any decision, the phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman.

(A) the phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman- opening modifier issue "Making a legacy for himself as a President who wanted to have the last word on any decision" needs to make sense with the modifies entity that immediately follows it

(B) phrasing "the bucks stops here" was coined by Harry S. Truman - same as A

(C) "the bucks stops here" was a phrase coined by Harry S. Truman - same as A

(D) Harry S. Truman coined the phrase "the bucks stops here" - Correct

(E) Harry S. Truman's phrase "the bucks stops here" was coined - same as A

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08 Jan 2019, 10:53
Official Explanation :

The first part of the sentence describes Truman so the words directly after the comma should be Harry S. Truman, not the phrase.
Therefore, eliminate (A), (B), and (C), which repeat the error.

Choice (D) has Harry S. Truman after the comma, and makes no other errors, so retain this answer choice.

Now look closely at (E) - it's not describing Harry S. Truman but Harry S. Truman's phrase. The phrase did not make legacy for himself as President; Harry S. Truman did, so eliminate (E). The correct answer is (D).
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