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She desperately wanted, and in the second set nearly did, to win. A. wanted, and in the second set nearly did, to win.
B. wanted to win, and in the second set, she nearly did win.
C. wanted to, and in the second set nearly did, win.
D. wanted to win, and in the second set nearly did.
E. wanted to win, in the second set she nearly did.

She desperately wanted, and in the second set nearly did, to win. A. wanted, and in the second set nearly did, to win. B. wanted to win, and in the second set, she nearly did win. C. wanted to, and in the second set nearly did, win. D. wanted to win, and in the second set nearly did. E. wanted to win, in the second set she nearly did.

I would say D . "She desperately wanted to win" presents a better clause.
But lets see what experts say.

She desperately wanted, and in the second set nearly did, to win. A. wanted, and in the second set nearly did, to win.

Obvisouly wrong B. wanted to win, and in the second set, she nearly did win.

Wanted to win is the right clause , placing she after the modifying clause '" and in the second set " seems correct C. wanted to, and in the second set nearly did, win. D. wanted to win, and in the second set nearly did. nearly did - Seems confusing.. Nearly did what? E. wanted to win, in the second set she nearly did.

She desperately wanted, and in the second set nearly did, to win. A. wanted, and in the second set nearly did, to win. B. wanted to win, and in the second set, she nearly did win. C. wanted to, and in the second set nearly did, win. D. wanted to win, and in the second set nearly did. E. wanted to win, in the second set she nearly did.

I say C. for brevity and it is logical.

A: wanted... need to here.
B. is || but wordy
D. nearly did what?
E. needs "and", did what?

The correct answers should place the relative words as close to one another as possible. That is to say, correct answers must contain " wanted to win" --> B and D stand. D is much more concise.

The correct answers should place the relative words as close to one another as possible. That is to say, correct answers must contain " wanted to win" --> B and D stand. D is much more concise.

Got stumped on this one. Chose B. However, isn't B missing the subject for the second independent clause connected by the coordinating conjunction and? Or is the subject of the second clause (she) understood? I am confused.

Uhm, now that I also feel a little confused. Even though the OA is D, we can't completely agree in that there isn't a clear verb to which "did" is an auxilliary verb. Who knows whether it is "want" or "win".

About whether we need "she" in D, I don't think so. It itsn't wrong to say sth like "I wanted to enter MS in Finance of Princeton, and finally did (enter)" . We shouldn't be distracted by "in the second set".