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# Since the 1930s aircraft manufacturers have tried to build

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Since the 1930’s aircraft manufacturers have tried to build airplanes with frictionless wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly that the air passing over them would not become turbulent.
(A) wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly
(B) wings, wings so smooth and so perfectly shaped
(C) wings that are shaped so smooth and perfect
(D) wings, shaped in such a smooth and perfect manner
(E) wings, wings having been shaped smoothly and perfectly so

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06 Sep 2007, 11:52
the two 'wings, wings' is needed for clarity.
also wings cannot be shaped 'smoothly'.
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06 Sep 2007, 12:02
bmwhype2 wrote:
r019h wrote:
the two 'wings, wings' is needed for clarity.
also wings cannot be shaped 'smoothly'.

resumptive modifier

Can you please explain what a resumptive modifier is?
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07 Sep 2007, 09:41
a resumptive modifier picks up a word from a previous independent clause and takes it in a different direction.

danny loves cake, cake that is flown in from Belgium.

a summative modifier sums up & renames whatever it refers to.

danny loves cake, soda and chips, junk food that is bad for the body.
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08 Sep 2007, 04:10

My pick is B.
C was close but B sounds better.

I you read C it makes the sentence too long without any punctuation.
08 Sep 2007, 04:10
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