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Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain who was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

A. Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain he was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

B. Many were agreeing to boycott the department store and even writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in order that he be implored to take action on the unsavory hiring practices.

C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

D. Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

E. Many were in agreement that the department store be boycotted, writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory.

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Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain who was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

A. Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain he was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

B. Many were agreeing to boycott the department store and even writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in order that he be implored to take action on the unsavory hiring practices.

C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

D. Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

E. Many were in agreement that the department store be boycotted, writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory.

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B uses present continuous form, implying that the action is currently taking place. Rather than this implication, it would have been better if the answer choice had proceeded with the intended meaning.
"in order that " is incorrect. It implies that the mails, which were written, were in order. A total distortion of meaning.
Also the two parts,"boycotting and writing emails" are not simultaneous events. The actual meaning is that in order to protest, the mails were written.

A uses a verb+ing form after "comma". Whenever such happens, only two things can happen. They are:
i) the verb+ing is the consequence of the preceding clause.
ii) the verb+ing modifies the entire preceding clause.
Writing emails is NOT the result of "being in agreement to boycott the store".
"to take action AGAINST" is better than "to take action about".
Also "many were in agreement" is quite wordier. In simpler language, this idea can be mentioned as "many agreed to boycott bla bla bla".

E is quite similar to A in terms of wromng issues in that it is wordier, has verb+ing issue, and uses the clause "writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory" which I feel is quite bad. "writing emails......imploring him..."together. STOP!

D- what is they referring to, "emails"????
The place of "in protest" implies that the vice-president of the chain, which is in protest.

C is the best among the answer choices.

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C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

Hey Guys, dont you think that comma is missing before imploring in option C. without comma ing modifier modifies the preceding noun that is the chain in this case.

I selected D, because D is grammatically correct and subtle change in placement of "in protest" near to modifier "in which" looks necessary.
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I do not agree with your explanation of D though...I rejected C for the same reasons as you did & selected D

Now I see that D is ambiguous too..

Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

In protest modifies write emails

I guess it should be close to it..right now it is ambiguous to say what it specifically modifies..

This sounds better

Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

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Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain who was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

A. Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain he was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

B. Many were agreeing to boycott the department store and even writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in order that he be implored to take action on the unsavory hiring practices.

C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

D. Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

E. Many were in agreement that the department store be boycotted, writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory.

OA:
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C


The main idea is they were in agreement to boycott the stores by writing emails. That takes out D as it uses incorrect style - and is wrong here. E is out because you don't take action against hiring practices.
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C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

Hey Guys, dont you think that comma is missing before imploring in option C. without comma ing modifier modifies the preceding noun that is the chain in this case.

I selected D, because D is grammatically correct and subtle change in placement of "in protest" near to modifier "in which" looks necessary.


Even for the same reason I rejected option C.
I selected option D even though 'in protest-in which' combination looks awkward.

Without COMMA '-ing' modifies immediate preceding noun. Here neither Vice-president ( after removing mission critical OF-phrase) nor CHAIN makes sense.

Here none of the option looks correct.
Can any expert clear the doubts about the usage of '-ing' in option C?
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C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

Hey Guys, dont you think that comma is missing before imploring in option C. without comma ing modifier modifies the preceding noun that is the chain in this case.

I selected D, because D is grammatically correct and subtle change in placement of "in protest" near to modifier "in which" looks necessary.


Even for the same reason I rejected option C.
I selected option D even though 'in protest-in which' combination looks awkward.

Without COMMA '-ing' modifies immediate preceding noun. Here neither Vice-president ( after removing mission critical OF-phrase) nor CHAIN makes sense.

Here none of the option looks correct.
Can any expert clear the doubts about the usage of '-ing' in option C?


I agree with you .. when I was trying I ruled all the options but C is indeed the best ... I regret for choosing D over C
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A. Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain he was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices. ---were in agreement to boycott --incorrect

B. Many were agreeing to boycott the department store and even writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in order that he be implored to take action on the unsavory hiring practices. ---were agreeing to boycott..and even writing makes them parallel (past continuous).This changes the meaning.The meaning is --as a result of agreeing ..many wrote emails.Also "he be implored" is incorrect.People were writing mails imploring..

C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices. --Correct

D. Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices. --Changes meaning.Also "in which" refers to "protest".You do not say "In a protest"
E. Many were in agreement that the department store be boycotted, writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory. --were in agreement that --incorrect.Also if subjunctive is used I think it should be "be boycott" not "be boycotted".Not sure on this but its incorrect.
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This seems to be an oversight - there should have been a comma before "imploring". The present participle modifier "imploring him to..." modifies the subject of the previous clause "many", not the adjacent noun "chain".
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Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain who was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

A. Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain he was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

B. Many were agreeing to boycott the department store and even writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in order that he be implored to take action on the unsavory hiring practices.

C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain, imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.
--> correct.

D. Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.
--> this sentence does not express the correct order of events.

E. Many were in agreement that the department store be boycotted, writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory.
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Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain who was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

A. Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain he was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

B. Many were agreeing to boycott the department store and even writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in order that he be implored to take action on the unsavory hiring practices.

C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

D. Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.



E. Many were in agreement that the department store be boycotted, writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory.

OA:
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C


Hi sayantanc2k

In prompt the meaning conveyed ...They were in agreement to boycott by writing emails.(Not sure if they did or not)
But in C the meaning : they boycotted by writing mail.
there is diff in meaning between Prompt and Answer .
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Hi sayantanc2k

In prompt the meaning conveyed ...They were in agreement to boycott by writing emails.(Not sure if they did or not)
But in C the meaning : they boycotted by writing mail.
there is diff in meaning between Prompt and Answer .
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Hi sobby,

IMO:

Original sentence says vice president was implored. What implored him? The action - "writing of mails".

C correctly says that Many people, who agreed to boycott, wrote emails to president. what did "writing of these mails" do? - Implored the president.

C uses cause and effect correctly. cause is writing and effect is implored. Hence verb-ing should be used for "imploring" not writing.

but in A "comma + verbing" (,writing) incorrectly used. Hence the correct and intended meaning should be that they wrote email and it implored president.
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Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain who was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

A. Many were in agreement to boycott the department store, writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain who was implored to take action about the unsavory hiring practices.

B. Many were agreeing to boycott the department store and even writing emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain in order that he be implored to take action on the unsavory hiring practices.

C. Agreeing to boycott the department store, many even wrote emails in protest to the vice-president of the chain, imploring him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

D. Many agreed to boycott the department store and also to write emails to the vice-president of the chain in protest in which they implored him to take action against the unsavory hiring practices.

E. Many were in agreement that the department store be boycotted, writing protest emails to the vice-president of the chain imploring him to take action against those hiring practices considered unsavory


Please let me state that C is faulty in terms of structure. What is the main function here? It is the agreement to boycott. The 'writing' of the emails is a corollary to it. Something that is a result or an impact of the main thing cannot be expressed in a definitive clause containing an action verb. Rather, it should be represented by an adverbial present participle modifier with a comma before.
What is wrong with A? Please note the there a is a typo in choice A. It should be 'who was implored' rather than "he was implored". Refer to the original and you will see the unintended error in 'A'.

The relative pronoun 'who' can be construed to refer to the President, since it is he who is required to take action logically rather than the very chain that is committing the negative practices. That 'who' cannot be used against an intimate thing such as chain is yet another proof that the author intends to refer to the human President by 'who' in fact. Therefore, I would reckon A is the more plausible than C.
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