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Since Henrik Ibsen's The Dollhouse was first produced for the stage in 1879, the character of Nora has not ceased to generate powerful reactions in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated by her docility, and her impressive resolve.

A. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated by her docility and her impressive resolve
B. with theater-goers, who are by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated by her docility, and by her impressive resolve
C. in theater-goers, by turns finding her child-like charm enchanting, her docility frustrating and her resolve impressing
D. to theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her charm, frustrated with her docility and impressed by her resolve
E. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated with her docility, and impressed by her resolve

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Originally posted by reto on 03 Oct 2015, 03:53.
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A. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated by her docility and her impressive resolve --- The three items of the list are not parallel

B. with theater-goers, who are by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated by her docility, and by her impressive resolve --- same parallelism problem as in A, besides being wordy

C. in theater-goers, by turns finding her child-like charm enchanting, her docility frustrating and her resolve impressing ---- though technically correct, the phrase ‘her resolve impressing’, is not the same as her resolve impressive , since the word impressing requires a direct object to act on.

D. to theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her charm, frustrated with her docility and impressed by her resolve ---- to theatre goers is wrong; also ‘child-like’ is missing.
E. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated with her docility, and impressed by her resolve --- This is the best choice

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A. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated by her docility and her impressive resolve --- The three items of the list are not parallel

B. with theater-goers, who are by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated by her docility, and by her impressive resolve --- same parallelism problem as in A, besides being wordy

C. in theater-goers, by turns finding her child-like charm enchanting, her docility frustrating and her resolve impressing ---- though technically correct, the phrase ‘her resolve impressing’, is not the same as her resolve impressive , since the word impressing requires a direct object to act on.

D. to theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her charm, frustrated with her docility and impressed by her resolve ---- to theatre goers is wrong; also ‘child-like’ is missing.
E. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated with her docility, and impressed by her resolve --- This is the best choice


Hi Dagh
Thanks for the notes. Answer Choice E was a bit irritating because it uses "and" at the end of the sentence even though the preceding clause is not independent. Is that correct?
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Hi Reto, Daagh,

Is the usage of like in choices correct

"by turns enchanted by her child-like charm"

Considering it correct I picked E
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We have to call it child- like; we cannot call it childish, then it will turn negative. Juvenile also is inappropriate since it includes young animals. So child-like is ok I feel.
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Why do you think ‘and’ should be followed or preceded by independent clauses only? In principle, 'and' joins two independent clauses or two phrases or two words; the only stipulation is that they should be equal in form and meaning. Similarly ‘and’ is a must before the last item of a parallel list.

E. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated with her docility, and impressed by her resolve – Here the three parallel items in the list are 1. enchanted 2. frustrated and 3. impressed , which are all particples.

Please look into this link for a better picture of the word
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/and
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+1 for E.

E. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated with her docility, and impressed by her resolve --> Correct, reaction in over reaction to/with, and maintains parallelism.
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A. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated by her docility and her impressive resolve

B. with theater-goers, who are by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated by her docility, and by her impressive resolve

C. in theater-goers, by turns finding her child-like charm enchanting, her docility frustrating and her resolve impressing

D. to theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her charm, frustrated with her docility and impressed by her resolve

E. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated with her docility, and impressed by her resolve
Reactions in theater-goers is correct compared to with and to , and it corrects Parallelism : enchanted , frustrated and impressed
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I boiled down to C and E, can someone please explain?
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I boiled down to C and E, can someone please explain?

Notice that "impressing" is not generally used in the way it is in (C). The word normally used in that way is "impressive." Since there is nothing logically wrong with "impressing," probably you would not see this issue, or one like it, in an official question.

Also, what follows "by turns" in (E) makes more sense than what follows "by turns" in (C).

Let's consider (C).

C. in theater-goers, by turns finding her child-like charm enchanting, her docility frustrating and her resolve impressing

In this version "by turns" is followed by "finding," and then there is nothing else that the theatergoers do "by turns." I guess "by turns" is understood to work with "her child-like charm enchanting, her docility frustrating and her resolve impressing," but the logic of the construction is a little off, and I am not even sure whether "by turns" would work anywhere in (C). In any case, the placement of "by turns" before "finding" does not really make sense.

Also, since a present participial phrase that follows a comma is understood to modify the entire preceding clause, or a preceding subject verb combination, and since the agent of the participles in that phrase is understood to be the subject in the preceding subject verb combination, the agent of "finding" would be "the character Nora." Thus, the version created via the use of (C) conveys that the character Nora finds her own child-like charm enchanting, docility frustrating and resolve impressing, a meaning that does not make sense.

Now let's consider (E).

E. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated with her docility, and impressed by her resolve

OK, in this version we have three things occurring "by turns," "enchanted," "frustrated," and "impressed." This structure makes sense, and also, it does not include the sketchy use of "impressing." Also, since this structure is a past participial phrase rather than a present participial phrase, it modifies the directly preceding noun, "theater-goers," which modification is logical.

So, (E) is better than (C).
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