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Since Henrik Ibsen's The Dollhouse was first produced for the stage in

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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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IMO E?
Considering meanings - "impressed by her resolve" rather than "frustrated by her impressive resolve" is more typical.
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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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Could anyone explain why option C is wrong ?

i boiled down to C and E.

experts please help.

i found little difficult to understand the underlined part of the sentence .
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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


The intent of the sentence was about a stage production which was produced in 1879, and the author is discussing about the plays impression from past which will continue in the present.

reactions will be generated in theater goers and not to,with eliminate B and D

A. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated by her docility and her impressive resolve
breaks the parallelism

C. in theater-goers, by turns finding her child-like charm enchanting, her docility frustrating and her resolve impressing
the construction is not clear here, noun + adjective(defining the docility) + noun

E. in theater-goers, by turns enchanted by her child-like charm, frustrated with her docility, and impressed by her resolve
Actually they all are adjectives and parallel as well
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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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