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Replete with bloody revenge, disasters (both deserved and undeserved) and agonizing moral dilemmas, the plots of tragedies also involve dramatic irony, where the audience recognizes the facts before they are recognized by the play's characters themselves.

(A) they are recognized by the play's characters themselves

(B) the play's characters recognize the facts

(C) these facts are recognized by the play's characters

(D) being recognized by the play's characters

(E) the play's characters themselves do

Originally posted by happy1992 on 20 May 2016, 09:40.
Last edited by hazelnut on 25 Jan 2018, 22:22, edited 2 times in total.
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Replete with bloody revenge, disasters (both deserved and undeserved) and agonizing moral dilemmas, the plots of tragedies also involve dramatic irony, where the audience recognizes the facts before they are recognized by the play's characters themselves

A. they are recognized by the play's characters themselves
B. the play's characters recognize the facts
C. these facts are recognized by the play's characters
D. being recognized by the play's characters
E. the play's characters themselves do


Hi,
PL provide the Q with OA...

The MAIN error here is parallelism issue in terms of voice in portion on either side of BEFORE..
The non-underlined portion - the audience recognizes the facts- has 'the facts' as OBJECT and there is no reason to convert the portion as passive after BEFORE..
It is much better to use SAME voice ..
ONLY B and E are left..

In B, the reflexive pronoun THEMSELVES is missing, while E carries it correctly..
Also DO in E is a much better thing than to repeat the words- the facts- again.. Not something which can alone separate two chopices..

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Re: Replete with bloody revenge, disasters (both deserved and undeserved) [#permalink]

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happy1992 wrote:
Replete with bloody revenge, disasters (both deserved and undeserved) and agonizing moral dilemmas, the plots of tragedies also involve dramatic irony, where the audience recognizes the facts before they are recognized by the play's characters themselves

A. they are recognized by the play's characters themselves
B. the play's characters recognize the facts
C. these facts are recognized by the play's characters
D. being recognized by the play's characters
E. the play's characters themselves do


Hi,
PL provide the Q with OA...

The MAIN error here is parallelism issue in terms of voice in portion on either side of BEFORE..
The non-underlined portion - the audience recognizes the facts- has 'the facts' as OBJECT and there is no reason to convert the portion as passive after BEFORE..
It is much better to use SAME voice ..
ONLY B and E are left..

In B, the reflexive pronoun THEMSELVES is missing, while E carries it correctly..
Also DO in E is a much better thing than to repeat the words- the facts- again.. Not something which can alone separate two chopices..

E



Why is themselves necessary? wouldn't "before they are recognized by the play's characters." work?
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Replete with bloody revenge, disasters (both deserved and undeserved) and agonizing moral dilemmas, the plots of tragedies also involve dramatic irony, where the audience recognizes the facts before they are recognized by the play's characters themselves.

A. they are recognized by the play's characters themselves
--> "they" and "themselves" must have the same antecedant if they stand in the same clause. Active voice is preferred if available.

B. the play's characters recognize the facts
--> redundant.

C. these facts are recognized by the play's characters
--> redundant. Active voice is preferred if available.

D. being recognized by the play's characters
--> it is implicitly understood that the subject of being recognized is "the audience" --> wrong.

E. the play's characters themselves do
--> correct and concise.
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Replete with bloody revenge, disasters (both deserved and undeserved) and agonizing moral dilemmas, the plots of tragedies also involve dramatic irony, where the audience recognizes the facts before they are recognized by the play's characters themselves

A. they are recognized by the play's characters themselves
B. the play's characters recognize the facts
C. these facts are recognized by the play's characters
D. being recognized by the play's characters
E. the play's characters themselves do


this is hard question. the points tested here are passive voice and pronoun problem.

passive voice is used when the agent which make the action is not important. only the action and object of action is important. in this context, the agent of action, "play characters" are important. so, passive voice should not be used. choice C is inferior to Choice E. the passtive voice is only incorrect when the active voice is present and is considered better when the agent is important. when agent is important, it should be subject of the sentence. when only action and object of action is important, passive is used. that is all about passive and active difference.

regarding pronoun problem.
I like the apple and my friends also like the apple.
if we do not use pronoun. the sentence become unclear. it is possible that there are two apples. I Like apple A and you like apple B. This is serious meaning problem if you do not use pronoun. so, the use of pronoun make the meaning clear: there is only one apple. for all those reasons, choice B is wrong.
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normally, when passive voice is used, agent which makes action is not shown because the speakers is not willing to say about this agent. if passive voice contain agent at the end of sentence, this agent becomes redundant because the speaker at this moment do not want to focus on agent. if agent is the focus of the sentence, this agent should be the grammatical subject of the sentence and the sentence should be an active voice.
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