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On this issue, this state's elected officials ignored the

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On this issue, this state's elected officials ignored the wishes
of their electorate, which
cannot reasonably be disputed in
light of the legislative record.

(A) On this issue, this state's elected officials ignored the
wishes of their electorate, which
(B) This state's elected officials, ignoring on this issue the
wishes of their electorate,
(C) That this state's elected officials ignored the wishes
of their electorate
(D) On this issue, the wishes of the electorate were ignored
by this state's elected officials, and
(E) On this issue, the fact that the wishes of the electorate were ignored by this state's elected officials

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05 Mar 2004, 12:54
D.
Though I don't find any grammatical error in A.
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06 Mar 2004, 10:59
I think E is the best option. The pronoum their doesn't go with the electorate. E seems clear and uncomplicated.
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06 Mar 2004, 11:21
The original sentence (A) contains a misplaced modifying phrase (following the comma). The sentence's construction suggests that it is the electorate that cannot reasonably be disputed, although this makes little sense in the context of the sentence as a whole.

(B) suffers from a confusing syntax. It appears from the sentence's construction that the elected officials - rather than the fact that they ignored their electorate's wishes - cannot be disputed. (B) also misplaces the prepositional phrase "on this issue" between the gerund "ignoring" and the object of that gerund, "the wishes of the electorate."

(C) remedies the underlined phrase's faulty construction by rephrasing it as a noun clause.

(D) improperly uses a comma between two clauses that do not constitute independent sentences on their own. (D) also sets up a parallel between "were ignoredтАа" and "cannot reasonably." Both phrases seem to refer to "the wishes of the electorate," although this is probably not the intended meaning.

(E) is the second-best response; it corrects the misplaced-modifier problem in the original version. In two respects, however, (E) is not as effective a sentence as (C). First, in (E) it is less clear that the modifying phrase "on this issue" refers to the wishes of the electorate. Second, (E) employs the passive voice ("wishes...were ignored by...officials") rather than the preferred active voice ("officials ignored the wishes...").

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06 Mar 2004, 11:25
Either "B" or "C" depends on single truth as,

Who can be disputed ?
The state's elected offcials (B)
or
The fact that "the officials ignored the wishes of their electorates" ? (C)

"D" seems not correct due to "and" at the end....

I think "C" is the correct..

A is wrong bcoz of i think repetative use of "this"

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06 Mar 2004, 11:25
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