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# Of the three Bronte sisters, people are usually more familiar with

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Project SC Butler: Day 89: Sentence Correction (SC2)

Of the three Bronte sisters, people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire.

(A) people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(B) people are usually most familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people, writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people for writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

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07 Feb 2019, 00:39
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In D we don't know whether "writing Jane Eyre" is modifying Charlotte or Three Bronte sisters.

E clears the ambiguity.

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07 Feb 2019, 00:43
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Project SC Butler: Day 89: Sentence Correction (SC2)

Of the three Bronte sisters, people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire.

(A) people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(B) people are usually most familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people, writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people for writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

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This question was re-posted on February 7, 2019. The original question contained a typographical error that has been corrected.

Of the three Bronte sisters, people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

Meaning of the original sentence:

1. There are three Bronte sisters
2. Charlotte is one of the Bronte sisters
3. People are usually most familiar with Charlotte
4. Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre
5. Jane Eyre is a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

Errors of the original sentence:

We use "more" and any other comparative form to compare =2 entities.
We use "most" and any other superlative form to compare >2 entities.

So we have 3 sisters, "more" is wrong in this sentence, we need "most".

Opening pp modifier "Of the three Bronte sisters" has to be followed after comma by the name of one of the Bronte sisters, so eliminate (A) and (B)

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(A) people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
(B) people are usually most familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
(with "most" we are fine here, but n+nm is too far away from modifying entity, it seems modifing people in preceeding clause, anyway placement is not working here, it cannot jump over whole clause to modify "Jane Eyre)

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people, writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
('more' should be 'most', comma + v-ing, 'writing' modifies preceding clause, implying Charlotte is the most familiar to people because she is writing Jane Eyre, moreover "writing" seems like general habit of Charlotte, it is not, she wrote it once in the past)

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people for writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

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"for writing" correctly presents "what for" aspect.
For writing Jane Eyre, Charlotte is usually most familiar to people

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Updated on: 11 Feb 2019, 00:09
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In D we don't know whether "writing Jane Eyre" is modifying Charlotte or Three Bronte sisters.

E clears the ambiguity.

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I think we know what entity "writing Jane Eyre" is modifiying.

v-ing preceded by comma - modifies preceding clause and have to make sense with the subject of the sentence

Of the three Bronte sisters, Charlotte is usually more familiar to people, writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

From the grammar standpoint v-ing is correct. Only "more" is wrong.
But meaning is different.

Now it implies Charlotte is the most familiar to people because she is writing Jane Eyre,
moreover "writing" seems like general habit of Charlotte, it is not, she wrote it once in the past.

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07 Feb 2019, 01:09
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Why It is E and not D

In D,
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Of the three Bronte sisters, Charlotte is usually more familiar to people, writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

It seems that people are mistakenly described as "writing Jane Eyre". So, It can be crossed out.
Also, writing Jane Eyre is not the novel; the Jane Eyre is.
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07 Feb 2019, 06:07
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Why It is E and not D

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people, writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

In (D), the word "more" is used incorrectly. If there were only two sisters, saying that one is "more x than the other is" would make sense. However, since there are three in this case, and the sentence is conveying that one of the three is the x, using the word "most" would make more sense than using the word "more."

Also, "Charlotte is more familiar ..., writing Jane Eyre" conveys that, even as she is more familiar, she is writing the book, which the sentence goes on to describe as "a popular required reading novel," which description indicates that the book has already been written.

So, the meaning conveyed by this version is illogical.

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people for writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

Unlike (D), (E) correctly uses "most" in indicating that Charlotte is the most familiar of the three.

Also, "Charlotte is most familiar to people for writing Jane Eyre," while not completely logical, is not utterly illogical, as (D) is, and does a somewhat reasonable job of conveying that Charlotte is familiar to people as the writer of Jane Eyre.
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Official Explanation :

The sentence as written begins with the phrase of the three Bronte sisters which incorrectly modifies people, the noun immediately after comma. Therefore, eliminate (A) and (B), which repeats the error.

Choice (C) correctly places Charlotte next to the modifying phrase of the three Bronte sisters, but incorrectly refers to the noun people as a popular required reading novel.

Choice (D) uses the quantity word more, which compares exactly two items, and is incorrect in a sentence about three Bronte sisters.

Choice (E) places Charlotte next to the modifying phrase of the three Bronte sisters and makes no other errors, so this answer choice is correct.
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