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Marian Corey has developed a chest cold that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain the five-octave voice that earned her fame.

A. that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain
B. that, because of persistent coughing, could be a grave strain for
C. with persistent coughing, and it could gravely strain
D. with persistent coughing and could be a grave strain for
E. with persistent coughing and could gravely strain

First, I eliminated answer choices with "could be a grave strain for"...diction...B and D gone.
Then I eliminated C, "it" is not required for the subject.
I got confused between A and E, but selected E.
Could you please explain your answers.

Originally posted by vivgmat on 07 Mar 2011, 10:57.
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The first split is "that/with". If that is not easy elimination - look at the meaning. The sentence says that chest cold gravely "strain" the voice.

Marian Corey has developed a chest cold that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain the five-octave voice that earned her fame.

A. that, [strike]with persistent coughing[/strike], could gravely strain

D - out for passive "be"
E - change of meaning. Looks like Corey "strain" her own voice. Illogical.

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Marian Corey has developed a chest cold that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain the five-octave voice that earned her fame.

A. that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain
B. that, because of persistent coughing, could be a grave strain for
C. with persistent coughing, and it could gravely strain
D. with persistent coughing and could be a grave strain for
E. with persistent coughing and could gravely strain

First, I eliminated answer choices with "could be a grave strain for"...diction...B and D gone.
Then I eliminated C, "it" is not required for the subject.
I got confused between A and E, but selected E.
Could you please explain your answers.
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New post 08 Mar 2011, 00:56
Original sentence has nothing wrong in it. You simply can not change any of the words present.
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New post 08 Mar 2011, 05:48
ok..another example where the meaning of the sentence comes into play.

the question actually says the cold combined wth cough would strain her voice or its just the cold?
with persistent coughing
is just a modifier?
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If we consider 'with persistent coughing' as an essential modifier, we have only C as the option left. However, usage of 'it' is incorrect in this choice. 'It' might refer to chest cold or persistent coughing.-- ummm.. not clear..

On the other hand, if we consider 'with persistent coughing' as an additional information to a chest cold, the sentence still makes sense and is less ambiguous. Hence, A.
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I picked answer c) because I thought "with" is an essential modifier that needs to be next to a noun. I see the "it" ambiguity in c. Thanks.
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my choice is A.

The original sentence clearly cinveys the meaning that "chest cold that could gravely strain"

in E you don't need and, becuase it links 2 non-parallel constructions.
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This explanation is simple and clear.


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If we consider 'with persistent coughing' as an essential modifier, we have only C as the option left. However, usage of 'it' is incorrect in this choice. 'It' might refer to chest cold or persistent coughing.-- ummm.. not clear..

On the other hand, if we consider 'with persistent coughing' as an additional information to a chest cold, the sentence still makes sense and is less ambiguous. Hence, A.


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Marian Corey has developed a chest cold that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain the five-octave voice that earned her fame.

A. that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain
B. that, because of persistent coughing, could be a grave strain for
C. with persistent coughing, and it could gravely strain
D. with persistent coughing and could be a grave strain for
E. with persistent coughing and could gravely strain
First, I eliminated answer choices with "could be a grave strain for"...diction...B and D gone.
Then I eliminated C, "it" is not required for the subject.
I got confused between A and E, but selected E.
Could you please explain your answers.


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Marian Corey has developed a chest cold that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain the five-octave voice that earned her fame.

A. that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain
B. that, because of persistent coughing, could be a grave strain for
C. with persistent coughing, and it could gravely strain
D. with persistent coughing and could be a grave strain for
E. with persistent coughing and could gravely strain
First, I eliminated answer choices with "could be a grave strain for"...diction...B and D gone.
Then I eliminated C, "it" is not required for the subject.
I got confused between A and E, but selected E.
Could you please explain your answers.


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Answer must be (A)

Marian Corey has developed a chest cold that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain the five-octave voice that earned her fame.

Eliminate the non-essential modifier the Answer is clean (A)
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Marian Corey has developed a chest cold that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain the five-octave voice that earned her fame.

A. that, with persistent coughing, could gravely strain
B. that, because of persistent coughing, could be a grave strain for
C. with persistent coughing, and it could gravely strain
D. with persistent coughing and could be a grave strain for
E. with persistent coughing and could gravely strain

First, I eliminated answer choices with "could be a grave strain for"...diction...B and D gone.
Then I eliminated C, "it" is not required for the subject.
I got confused between A and E, but selected E.
Could you please explain your answers.


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The first thing you have to figure out is do you use with or that first. The intention of the sentence is not to state what will happen, but what may/can happen. The point is that she does not have a chest cold with a persistent cough, but that her chest cold, if it were to have a persistent cough, could produce some other result. Consequently, choices B, C, D and E are incorrect. Therefore, choice A is the correct answer.
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