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# Since taking control of the capital, the BBC reporter says

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Since taking control of the capital, the BBC reporter says security forces have arrested about 40 insurgents of the majority political group, killing one of them.

a Since taking control of the capital, the BBC reporter says security forces have arrested
b The BBC reporter says that, since taking control of the capital, security forces have arrested
c The BBC reporter, since taking control of the capital, says security forces
d Security forces, since taking control of the capital, have, the BBC reporter says, arrested
e Security forces have arrested the BBC reporter since taking control of the capital
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07 Aug 2009, 08:17
a Since taking control of the capital, the BBC reporter says security forces have arrested - wrong modifier . means BBC reporter took controlof the capital

b The BBC reporter says that, since taking control of the capital, security forces have arrested -correct

c The BBC reporter, since taking control of the capital, says security forces -wrong modifier . means BBC reporter took controlof the capital

d Security forces, since taking control of the capital, have, the BBC reporter says, arrested -awkward

e Security forces have arrested the BBC reporter since taking control of the capital -changes the meaning

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07 Aug 2009, 09:19
learner wrote:
a Since taking control of the capital, the BBC reporter says security forces have arrested - wrong modifier . means BBC reporter took controlof the capital

b The BBC reporter says that, since taking control of the capital, security forces have arrested -correct

c The BBC reporter, since taking control of the capital, says security forces -wrong modifier . means BBC reporter took controlof the capital

d Security forces, since taking control of the capital, have, the BBC reporter says, arrested -awkward

e Security forces have arrested the BBC reporter since taking control of the capital -changes the meaning

Does the verb "say" actually need "that"?
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07 Aug 2009, 10:23
I would go with B too.

Noboru, I don't think says always requires that...

But I chose B over A for other reasons. Mainly in A, the modifier is wrong. It seems to imply that the BBC reporter took control which is wrong.

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07 Aug 2009, 12:17
Here that is required as that introduces a subordinate clause

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07 Aug 2009, 12:57
agreeing with B. says that...that is needed here..and is placed in the very beginning of the sentence is better than the others choices...

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07 Aug 2009, 13:34
noboru wrote:
Since taking control of the capital, the BBC reporter says security forces have arrested about 40 insurgents of the majority political group, killing one of them.

a Since taking control of the capital, the BBC reporter says security forces have arrested
b The BBC reporter says that, since taking control of the capital, security forces have arrested
c The BBC reporter, since taking control of the capital, says security forces
d Security forces, since taking control of the capital, have, the BBC reporter says, arrested
e Security forces have arrested the BBC reporter since taking control of the capital

I pick D. Modifiers are correctly modifying Security forces. lots is commas making it a bit tough.

OK after re reading the option D, I am not sure abt D ....so I am leaning towards B ...

Please post OE if you can..

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08 Aug 2009, 07:28
noboru wrote:
Since taking control of the capital, the BBC reporter says security forces have arrested about 40 insurgents of the majority political group, killing one of them.

a Since taking control of the capital, the BBC reporter says security forces have arrested
b The BBC reporter says that, since taking control of the capital, security forces have arrested
c The BBC reporter, since taking control of the capital, says security forces
d Security forces, since taking control of the capital, have, the BBC reporter says, arrested
e Security forces have arrested the BBC reporter since taking control of the capital

B for me; it's the only choice that "since taking control of the capital" modify "Security forces"

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Re: BBC reporter   [#permalink] 08 Aug 2009, 07:28
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