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# Making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime,

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Making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once
in a lifetime, if affordable, is one of the five
obligations of devout Muslims.

(A) if affordable
(B) when it can be afforded
(C) if they can afford it
(D) when affordable
(E) if it should be affordable

OA is E
What is wrong with A?
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08 Jul 2008, 17:08
Good question.

I was b/w A and D.

Can anyone explain why E is the OA?
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08 Jul 2008, 17:20
Jamesk486 wrote:
Making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once
in a lifetime, if affordable, is one of the five
obligations of devout Muslims.

(A) if affordable
(B) when it can be afforded
(C) if they can afford it
(D) when affordable
(E) if it should be affordable

OA is E
What is wrong with A?

I think it has to do with the word "obligation"...all other options than E don't make the pilgrimage to mecca an obligation...

just my guess though!
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08 Jul 2008, 17:27
Wait to see why E too? I dont know to what "it" and "they" in B, C, D, E refer?
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08 Jul 2008, 17:31
Problem with A is what is affordable? pilgrimage, Icecream, Popcorn or what not?
Moreover rearrange the sentence to see the hidden thing

if affordable, Making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime,is one of the five obligations of devout Muslims.

B is misplaced modifier.

C "they" have no referrant.

D has same problem as A.

E is not very eloquent sentence what it is OK. Use of "should" for obligations seems to be right.
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10 Jul 2008, 05:55
Could you explain why modifier is misplaced in B?
abhijit_sen wrote:
Problem with A is what is affordable? pilgrimage, Icecream, Popcorn or what not?
Moreover rearrange the sentence to see the hidden thing

if affordable, Making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime,is one of the five obligations of devout Muslims.

B is misplaced modifier.

C "they" have no referrant.

D has same problem as A.

E is not very eloquent sentence what it is OK. Use of "should" for obligations seems to be right.
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