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Performing a risky maneuver that required precision flying, not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding being rear-ended by a passing ultraviolet telescope.

A. not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding

B. not only was an orbiting satellite retrieved by space shuttle astronauts, but they also simultaneously avoided

C. an orbiting satellite was retrieved by space shuttle astronauts who also avoided simultaneously

D. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite, simultaneously while avoiding

E. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite and simultaneously avoided

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I was stuck between D & E.....Could anybody clarify?
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Hi Experts,
Could anyone look into the following question:

Q: Performing a risky maneuver that required precision flying, not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding being rear-ended by a passing ultraviolet telescope.
A. not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding
B. not only was an orbiting satellite retrieved by space shuttle astronauts, but they also simultaneously avoided
C. an orbiting satellite was retrieved by space shuttle astronauts who also avoided simultaneously
D. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite, simultaneously while avoiding
E. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite and simultaneously avoided

I was stuck between D & E.....Could anybody clarify?
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You are stuck correctly but not worth the effort. If not, it'd have been that Ben Stiller in "There's something about Mary" bathroom situation.

Anyways, the correct answer should be E. "while avoiding being" sounds rather awkward, two "ings" together? This is English or is it Chinese??
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Hi Experts,
Could anyone look into the following question:

Q: Performing a risky maneuver that required precision flying, not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding being rear-ended by a passing ultraviolet telescope.
A. not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding
B. not only was an orbiting satellite retrieved by space shuttle astronauts, but they also simultaneously avoided
C. an orbiting satellite was retrieved by space shuttle astronauts who also avoided simultaneously
D. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite, simultaneously while avoiding
E. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite and simultaneously avoided

I was stuck between D & E.....Could anybody clarify?
thanks
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You are stuck correctly but not worth the effort. If not, it'd have been that Ben Stiller in "There's something about Mary" bathroom situation.

Anyways, the correct answer should be E. "while avoiding being" sounds rather awkward, two "ings" together? This is English or is it Chinese??


Also, "simultaneously while" is REDUNDANT!

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who is performing the risky maneuver? it is the 'orbiting satellite' and not the 'space shuttle astronauts'.

so look for a choice that starts with 'orbiting satellite' and C is the only option.

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IMO E. For a second I was tempted by C, BUT "Performing a risky maneuver that required precision flying" someone is doing something so this phrase is modifying space shuttle astronauts, hence the answer is D or E. Between those two E is better because it has a parallel structure "retrieved...... and.... avoided".

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"simultaneously while" is redundant.
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amitanand wrote:
Hi Experts,
Could anyone look into the following question:

Q: Performing a risky maneuver that required precision flying, not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding being rear-ended by a passing ultraviolet telescope.
A. not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding
B. not only was an orbiting satellite retrieved by space shuttle astronauts, but they also simultaneously avoided
C. an orbiting satellite was retrieved by space shuttle astronauts who also avoided simultaneously
D. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite, simultaneously while avoiding
E. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite and simultaneously avoided

I was stuck between D & E.....Could anybody clarify?
thanks
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I am not an expert but will have a look at it anyways :D

A. Incorrect. As a rule"Not Only" has to be followed by "but also". This option is loaded with errors. I just spotted 1 and eliminated this answer choice.
B. Incorrect. Changes the voice to passive.
C. Incorrect. Same error as option (B)
D. Incorrect. "Simultaneously while avoided" is very awkward.
E. Correct. Has correct modifier placement and correct parallel structure.

Answer E.
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New post 25 Apr 2011, 11:03
A and B are gone because of incorrect usage of the idiom 'not only.. but also'
C sounds stupid in comparison with/to D and E
D has a strange unnatural ending
E has to visible drawback and it is the winner!

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Hi Experts,
Could anyone look into the following question:

Q: Performing a risky maneuver that required precision flying, not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding being rear-ended by a passing ultraviolet telescope.
A. not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding
B. not only was an orbiting satellite retrieved by space shuttle astronauts, but they also simultaneously avoided
C. an orbiting satellite was retrieved by space shuttle astronauts who also avoided simultaneously
D. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite, simultaneously while avoiding
E. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite and simultaneously avoided

I was stuck between D & E.....Could anybody clarify?
thanks
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simultaneously modifies retrieved, and so, this modification is unclear. the action of retrieved happen simultaneously with which action ? it can not happen with the action after while grammatically.

that modification is unclear.
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Performing a risky maneuver that required precision flying is a modifier which modifies astronauts and thus should be placed next to them. A,B &C state that something else ( satellite/space shuttle) performed the maneuver. So, A, B, and C are wrong.

D creates a run on kind of a sentence and is also wrong for other reasons primarily “while” and “simultaneously”are redundant.

E joins the 2 fragments with conjunction and also maintains parallelism between the 2 verbs.
retrieved and avoided are parallel.

Hence E is correct option here.
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Performing a risky maneuver that required precision flying, not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding being rear-ended by a passing ultraviolet telescope.

A. not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding - opening modifier issue - who performed the risk maneuver

B. not only was an orbiting satellite retrieved by space shuttle astronauts, but they also simultaneously avoided - opening modifier issue

C. an orbiting satellite was retrieved by space shuttle astronauts who also avoided simultaneously - opening modifier issue

D. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite, simultaneously while avoiding - it says that the astronauts did one thing 'simultaneously' . 'simultaneously' makes no sense unless two or more things have been mentioned. (if 'simultaneously' is stuck on the second thing, then 'simultaneously with the first thing is implied.)

E. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite and simultaneously avoided - Correct

Answer E
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Performing a risky maneuver that required precision flying, not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding being rear-ended by a passing ultraviolet telescope.

A. not only did space shuttle astronauts retrieve an orbiting satellite, it was done simultaneously while avoiding

B. not only was an orbiting satellite retrieved by space shuttle astronauts, but they also simultaneously avoided

C. an orbiting satellite was retrieved by space shuttle astronauts who also avoided simultaneously

D. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite, simultaneously while avoiding

E. space shuttle astronauts retrieved an orbiting satellite and simultaneously avoided

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I was stuck between D & E.....Could anybody clarify?
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Mod. in this structure independent clause, verb -ing. means the mod. clause mod. either whole sentence or verb. (Honestly, I am not native speaker so I like to go with just mod. Verb. It is easier to understand. Thus, your job is to make sure that is the mod. make sense.)

To test is it make sense you can do:

1) can the verb-ing go with the main noun in independent clause.... in this case, astronauts and avoid - yes it make sense both.

2) (not sure but I find this method very helpful) it should mod. the verb of independent clause.... in this case, retrieved. So astronauts retrieved an orbiting cycle by avoiding..... - this make no sense

(Note: to test mod. Make sense with independent clause just plug in BY and ask yourself again)

Therefore, D cannot be correct answer

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