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Many children of illegal immigrants grow up having to keep their status a secret, heavy psychological burden.

A. a secret, heavy
B. a secret and a heavy
C. a secret, a heavy
D. secret, with a
E. secret, which is a

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I'd say ' a heavy psychological burden' is a noun phrase desribing 'having to keep their status a secret'
E is wrong because if we use which it might seem that a secret is a heavy psychological burden. That is incorrect. The act of having to keep their status a secret is a heavy psychological burden.
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Many children of illegal immigrants grow up having to keep their status a secret, heavy psychological burden.

A. a secret, heavy
B. a secret and a heavy
C. a secret, a heavy
D. secret, with a
E. secret, which is a


As per my understanding the difference between A and C is adding an article makes the phrase after comma a noun phrase or absolute modifier. Experts please correct if I am wrong.
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Many children of illegal immigrants grow up having to keep their status a secret, heavy psychological burden.

A. a secret, heavy
B. a secret and a heavy
C. a secret, a heavy
D. secret, with a
E. secret, which is a


In the abov question both C and E are referring to 'secret'

In C Heavy phychological burden is a noun phrase and noun phrase modifies a noun only and not verb. So t refers to secret.
In E which refers to the noun before comma and so it refers to secret.

While C and E both convey same meaning usage of Which is unnecessary. C is clear enough and concise.
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Many children of illegal immigrants grow up having to keep their status a secret, heavy psychological burden.

A. a secret, heavy
B. a secret and a heavy
C. a secret, a heavy
D. secret, with a
E. secret, which is a


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In the correct answer, C, the phrase "a heavy psychological burden" serves as a modifier, describing the role that keeping the secret plays for these children. Appositive (noun) modifiers at the end of a sentence can play that role, describing the situation inherent in the preceding clause and not necessarily just the noun directly adjacent.

Choice A illogically attempts to describe the noun that children are keeping as one entity — a secret, heavy burden. Choice E makes a similar mistake, as the word "which" sets up a modifier that would be defining a secret as a heavy psychological burden.

Choices B and D also commit similar errors: by connecting "secret" and "a heavy psychological burden" with a conjunction, each choice seems to view the two items as separate and parallel (students have to keep two things, a secret and a burden). Because this is an illogical meaning, both choices are incorrect.

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Many in Tenaya Hall grew up having to keep their status a secret, a heavy psychic burden.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/education/edlife/daca-undocumented-university-of-california-merced-fiat-lux-scholars.html
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