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Shakespeare wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas

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Shakespeare wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas treading the line between tragedy and comedy, and embodied the socio-political norms of his time.

A. wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas treading the line between tragedy and comedy, and embodied

B. wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas that tread the line between tragedy and comedy, embodying

C. wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas treading the line between tragedy and comedy, they embody

D. in his several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas that tread the line between tragedy and comedy, embodied

E. in his several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas that tread the line between tragedy and comedy, embodying
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Re: Shakespeare wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas  [#permalink]

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B the only one that correctly conveys the meaning
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Shakespeare wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas treading the line between tragedy and comedy, and embodied the socio-political norms of his time.

Meaning : S wrote PP..these PPs are dramas
in this PPs S emoboided SP norms of his time

Grammar :
eliminate the modifier : Shak wrote several plays and embodied the norms of his time
false parallelism !! how can shak write and embody something in his own time?? It is his play in which he embodided SP norms of his time
also "embody means to consitute or contain something" ...so essentially the plays contanied Sp norms of his time

A. wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas treading the line between tragedy and comedy, and embodied
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B. wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas that tread the line between tragedy and comedy, embodying
- S wrote several PPs embodying .... now the PPs embody SP norms ...this is correct ..verb+ing modifying preceding noun "PPs" correctly


C. wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas treading the line between tragedy and comedy, they embody
- comma cannot be used before an Independent clause without fanboys

D. in his several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas that tread the line between tragedy and comedy, embodied
- S did not embody the norms ...the plays did

E. in his several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas that tread the line between tragedy and comedy, embodying[/quote]
- no verb
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Re: Shakespeare wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas  [#permalink]

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B the only one that correctly conveys the meaning

Aleksandr1996@gmail.com please provide detailed analysis so that the fellow members can view your reasoning and clear their doubts..such small posts anyway get deleted within 24 hours.

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Shakespeare wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas  [#permalink]

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Official Explaination By egmat
Meaning Analysis

Shakespeare
wrote several ‘problem plays’,
psychological dramas treading the line between tragedy and comedy,
and embodied the sociopolitical norms of his time.

The sentence says that Shakespeare wrote many plays known as “problem plays”. These “problem plays” are psychological dramas that are something between tragedy and comedy.

Then the sentence says that he embodied the sociopolitical norms of his time. This meaning is clearly illogical. It is his plays that embody the norms, not Shakespeare himself.
Error Analysis

This sentence has the meaning error pointed out in the meaning analysis.
Answer Choices
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wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas treading the line between tragedy and comedy, and embodied

Incorrect: This choice has the error pointed out in the meaning/error analysis.

Quote:
wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas that tread the line between tragedy and comedy, embodying

Correct:
This is indeed the correct choice as the verb-ing modifier ”embodying” correctly modifies “problem plays”.

Note that in this choice, the verb-ing modifier is not associated with the comma that precedes it. This comma is the second of two commas that bracket the ‘FYI’ modifier “psychological… comedy.” The function of these two commas is to separate this modifier from the rest of the sentence. If we remove this modifier, we get:

Shakespeare wrote several ‘problem plays’ embodying the sociopolitical norms of his time.
So, the verb-ing modifier “embodying” correctly refers to the preceding noun, “‘problem plays’”.

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wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas treading the line between tragedy and comedy, they embody

Incorrect:
The two independent clauses “Shakespeare wrote…” and “they embody” are incorrectly connected using just a comma.

Quote:
in his several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas that tread the line between tragedy and comedy, embodied

Incorrect:
This choice repeats the illogical meaning of the original sentence by saying that Shakespeare embodied the sociopolitical norms of his time.

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in his several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas that tread the line between tragedy and comedy, embodying

Incorrect:
There is no verb for the subject “Shakespeare”.
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Re: Shakespeare wrote several ‘problem plays’, psychological dramas   [#permalink] 16 Jul 2020, 04:28

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