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# Seldom more that 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran

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Seldom more that 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran [#permalink]

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Seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected the Hudson River at Albany to the Great Lakes at Buffalo, providing the port of New York City with a direct water link to the heartland of the North American continent.

(A) Seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected
(B) Seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected
(C) It was seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, and ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, but the Erie Canal, connecting
(D) The Erie Canal was seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep and it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, which connected
(E) The Erie Canal, seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, connecting

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27 Nov 2006, 23:33
E.The Erie Canal, seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, connecting

Go for E, since the sentence after the comma clearly refers to the Erie Canal. There is also parallelism with the gerungs (ing) - running / connecting / providing
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27 Nov 2006, 23:34
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E.The Erie Canal, seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, connecting

Go for E, since the sentence after the comma clearly refers to the Erie Canal. There is also parallelism with the gerungs (ing) - running / connecting / providing

If you select E, where is your verb ?

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28 Nov 2006, 00:08
I'd have to go with A. Is their a hard and fast rule against a pronoun preceding its antecedent?
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Seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep
is a problem for me.
Does anyone have an OA?
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Seldom more that 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected the Hudson River at Albany to the Great Lakes at Buffalo, providing the port of New York City with a direct water link to the heartland of the North American continent.

A.Seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected

Wrong modifier

B.Seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected

Modifier placed correctly. This modifies Erie Canal

C.It was seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, and ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, but the Erie Canal, connecting

'It' has no reference

D.The Erie Canal was seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep and it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, which connected

here which refers to New York and it certainly didn't connect river to lake.

E.The Erie Canal, seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, connecting

Awkward, no verb.....

B is correct!
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28 Nov 2006, 09:48
B is parallel and sounds better.

A.Seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected

B.Seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected

C.It was seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, and ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, but the Erie Canal, connecting - STRANGE

D.The Erie Canal was seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep and it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, which connected

E.The Erie Canal, seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, connecting
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20 Jun 2007, 02:29
one more vote for B
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20 Jun 2007, 03:18
Seldom more that 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected the Hudson River at Albany to the Great Lakes at Buffalo, providing the port of New York City with a direct water link to the heartland of the North American continent.

A. Seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected
B. Seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected
C. It was seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, and ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, but the Erie Canal, connecting
D. The Erie Canal was seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep and it ran 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, which connected
E. The Erie Canal, seldom more than 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, connecting

Between D & E
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20 Jun 2007, 11:26
but a question ?
Seldom more than 40 feet wide [u][b]or[/b][/u] 12 feet deep but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected

y do we have OR between 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep . Should be ABD

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20 Jun 2007, 11:36
saransh wrote:
but a question ?
Seldom more than 40 feet wide or 12 feet deep but running 363 miles across the rugged wilderness of upstate New York, the Erie Canal connected

y do we have OR between 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep . Should be ABD

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In this SC the "and" "or" conditions are irrelevant. We are looking for a choice which is gramatically correct.
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20 Jun 2007, 17:46
C and E can be eliminated right away because of (due to?) the word Connecting.
D is misplaced modifier.
Between A and B, A has misplaced pronoun "IT"
Answer is B according to me.
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20 Jun 2007, 22:07
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OA is B.
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06 Sep 2009, 07:14
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A) gives run on sentences,' Seldom more ...., but it ....., the Erie Canal connected....
B) corrects the problem and is the best ans avail
C) same as A too many run on sentences
D) which is misplaced
E) same as A too many run on sentences
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06 Sep 2009, 20:46
Guys B and D does not make sense because of 'OR' width and depth should be supported by AND.

Picking 'A' because C and E connecting seems odd.

OA??
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07 Sep 2009, 04:23
I'm inclined to go with B: proper choice of words and flows in good order.
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07 Sep 2009, 05:04
I'm inclined to go with B: proper choice of words and flows in good order.

Seldom more that 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep,
How can 'and' be changed to 'or' isn't wrong ?
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07 Sep 2009, 10:28
IMO A

Modifier, co ordinating conjunction + main clause, subject & main clause,participial modifier.
I think option A conveys the meaning correctly and it is not a run on sentence.
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07 Aug 2010, 20:08
I think E since it maintains the parallelism between the verbs running /connecting/providing and also clears up the case for matching the pronoun with the antecedant which is missing in the other choices
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08 Aug 2010, 05:13
I will go with B ..
OA - B ... The question has already been discussed in the forum

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10 Aug 2010, 06:03
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this question is from OG, but there is an editing error in it, option B should be (40 feet wide AND 12 feet deep) if you look at the answer explanation you'll see B written with AND.
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