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# Selma Lagerlof, who originally intended to write about a fictitious

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16 Jan 2019, 05:18
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Selma Lagerlof, who originally intended to write about a fictitious country, did not do it and wrote about the peasant life and landscape of Northern Sweden in her award-winning novel.

A - did not do it and wrote

B - did not do that but wrote

C - did not do so but rather wrote

D - not doing so but wrote

E - not doing so and writing

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Re: Selma Lagerlof, who originally intended to write about a fictitious  [#permalink]

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16 Jan 2019, 05:32
Why 'but' and 'rather' together? Please explain?

Thank you very much in advance.

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Re: Selma Lagerlof, who originally intended to write about a fictitious  [#permalink]

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16 Jan 2019, 09:13
Skyline393 wrote:
Selma Lagerlof, who originally intended to write about a fictitious country, did not do it and wrote about the peasant life and landscape of Northern Sweden in her award-winning novel.

A - did not do it and wrote

B - did not do that but wrote

C - did not do so but rather wrote

D - not doing so but wrote

E - not doing so and writing

Because the modifier refers to an action, it is more idiomatically correct to say "to do so" rather than "to do + pronoun"(A&B are out)

E incorrectly uses "not...and", which is an incorrect usage of the correlative conjunction.

C & D test for parallel structure and the writer must maintain verb structure on both sides of the the conjunction.

D uses conflicting verb tenses, which makes C correct.

Please correct me if any of my arguments are flawed as I am trying my best to learn!
Re: Selma Lagerlof, who originally intended to write about a fictitious   [#permalink] 16 Jan 2019, 09:13
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