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# Motive of the crime decides whether the guilty, after the legal

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Motive of the crime decides whether the guilty, after the legal proceedings end, is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence

A.Motive of the crime decides whether the guilty, after the legal proceedings end, is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence.

B. After the legal proceedings end, depending on the motive of the crime, the guilty is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence.

C. The guilty is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence after the legal proceedings end, depending on motive of the crime.

D. The guilty is awarded, depending on motive of the crime, maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence after the legal proceedings end.

E. Depending on motive of the crime, the guilty is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence after the legal proceedings end.

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24 Jan 2018, 10:33
D and E out becuase the guilty is not depending!
narrowed down to A and C but i think A should be the answer becuase choice is berween 3 so whether required
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25 Jan 2018, 13:58
I think its a...whether used correctly in A...

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25 Jan 2018, 16:41
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Motive of the crime decides whether the guilty, after the legal proceedings end, is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence

A.Motive of the crime decides whether the guilty, after the legal proceedings end, is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence.

B. After the legal proceedings end, depending on the motive of the crime, the guilty is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence.

C. The guilty is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence after the legal proceedings end, depending on motive of the crime.

D. The guilty is awarded, depending on motive of the crime, maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence after the legal proceedings end.

E. Depending on motive of the crime, the guilty is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence after the legal proceedings end.

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A: CORRECT.

B: The placement of "depending on the motive.." is ambiguous in a way here but in both cases it doesn't make sense. If it modifies the previous clause, it doesn't make sense with subject . the legal proceedings. I don't think it can act as a modifier for the clause "the guilty..." and it won't even make sense with the subject - guilty.

C: ING modifier at the end of sentence after comma must make sense with the subject of the clause. The guilty doesn't make sense with "depending..."

D: Same issue as C. The guilty is not depending on the motive of the crime.

E: Same issue as C. The guilty is not depending on the motive of the crime.
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30 Jan 2018, 04:24
Hello pushpitkc bro,

Can you please provide official explanation for this question?

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The OA is A!

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26 Feb 2019, 05:49
I eliminated options C, D and E just because they didn't have a 'the' before motive..Is it right?
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Raj30 The article "the" doesn't really make much of a difference here...in my opinion - at least in comparison to what the sentence seems to be testing.

Thought I'd chime in here since I didn't find the Experts Global explanation satisfying (even though it is the creator of the question). Plus, this question has been in my error log for weeks....so clearly something wasn't clicking.

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Motive of the crime decides whether the guilty, after the legal proceedings end, is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence

A.Motive of the crime decides whether the guilty, after the legal proceedings end, is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence.

There's really nothing glaringly wrong at first glance. Let's hold it and look onwards for more certainty.

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B. After the legal proceedings end, depending on the motive of the crime, the guilty is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence.

"Depending on the motive of the crime" is set off by commas and is therefore used in the answer choice sentence as an inessential clause. From the original sentence, however, we know that the guilty individual's sentence is dependent on the crime....meaning that the "motive of the crime" clause is essential to the intended meaning of the sentence. Another reason for elimination is that "the guilty" cannot be the doer of the "depending on the motive of the crime". Verb-ing modifiers must make sense with the doer of the action.

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C. The guilty is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence after the legal proceedings end, depending on motive of the crime.

Reason for elimination is that "the guilty" cannot be the doer of the "depending on the motive of the crime". Verb-ing modifiers must make sense with the doer of the action. The proper sentence would require "depending on the motive" to be adjacent to a noun or the "sentence" being awarded...and without the preceding comma. Verb-ing modifiers NOT preceded by commas modifies the preceding noun only. A proper usage would be: The guilty is awarded maximum sentence depending on the motive of the crime.

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D. The guilty is awarded, depending on motive of the crime, maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence after the legal proceedings end.

Comma verb-ing modifiers modify the whole entire preceding clause and either provide additional information or a result. In this case, the "depending....crime" clause is incorrectly set off as inessential.

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E. Depending on motive of the crime, the guilty is awarded maximum sentence, less than maximum sentence, or minimum sentence after the legal proceedings end.

This is probably the easiest split to eliminate. "The guilty" cannot be modified by "depending on the motive of the crime." It doesn't make sense.

Therefore, A remains the best answer choice.

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