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# Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was making the case for women’s equality

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Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was making the case for women’s equality long before the cause had a name: Born in the mid-seventeenth century in San Miguel Nepantla, Mexico, the convent was the perfect environment for Sor Juana to pursue intellectual pursuits, achieving renown as a mathematician, poet, philosopher, and playwright.

(A) the convent was the perfect environment for Sor Juana to pursue intellectual pursuits, achieving

(B) Sor Juana found that the convent provided the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits, and she went on to achieve

(C) the convent provided the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits for Sor Juana; going on to achieve

(D) Sor Juana found that the convent provided the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits; achieving

(E) the convent was, Sor Juana found, the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits, and she went on to achieve

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/02/arts/design/17thcentury-sisterhood-is-powerful.html

MEXICAN nuns are seldom thought of as feminist pioneers, but Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was making the case for women's equality long before the cause had a name. Born about 1651 in a village called Nepantla, Sor Juana entered a convent to escape marriage. She devoted herself to study, and achieved renown as a mathematician, poet, philosopher and playwright.

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04 Jul 2016, 11:08
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Y is option D wrong ...?
Can sum1 explain how achieving is different from aim to achieve in this ques?

Semi Colon is used to connect Independent Clauses as below -

 Independent Clause ; Independent Clause

Consider the part of this sentence does -

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was making the case for women’s equality long before the cause had a name : Born in the mid-seventeenth century in San Miguel Nepantla, Mexico, Sor Juana found the convent provided the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits ; achieving renown as a mathematician, poet, philosopher, and playwright.

The red underlined part of the sentence is not an independent clause hence incorrect....

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Y is option D wrong ...?
Can sum1 explain how achieving is different from aim to achieve in this ques?
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04 Jul 2016, 21:48
Answer choice A, C and E can be eliminated as the covent is the wrong modifier. It should be the person who is born in the mid-seventeenth century. Leaving choices B and D.
D leaves a sentence fragment at the last sentence after the semicolon.

Therefore the answer choice is B.
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Semi Colon is used to connect Independent Clauses as below -

 Independent Clause ; Independent Clause

Absolutely.

In addition, semicolon can be used to connect parts of a parallel list, where the use of comma would create a less clearer structure. For example:

Mary wanted a Mercedes car for driving; a mansion, surrounded by a pristine blue lagoon, for housing; and inordinate money in the bank.

However, the sentence under consideration does not have any such parallel list and hence, does not justify the use of semicolon.
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20 Jul 2016, 13:29
In B and D don't we need "that" after "found"? Seems to me "found convent provided.." sound unclear.
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20 Jul 2016, 15:17
Konstantin1983 wrote:
In B and D don't we need "that" after "found"? Seems to me "found convent provided.." sound unclear.

Absolutely. If a clause follows, then "that" is required.

I found the scenery beautiful.... correct.
I found that the scenery is beautiful.... correct.

...modified the question accordingly.
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20 Jul 2016, 23:57
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In B and D don't we need "that" after "found"? Seems to me "found convent provided.." sound unclear.

Hello Konstantin1983, as you are correct.

However, since there is no choice here that has a that after found, this is clearly not being tested in this question. Another official problem where one would have preferred a that after announced.

Trans world Entertainment Corporation, which owns the record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains announced it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.

Have noticed some other similar questions as well. So, this is not one of the criterion you should use to eliminate answer choices.
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23 Jul 2016, 12:10
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Konstantin1983 wrote:
In B and D don't we need "that" after "found"? Seems to me "found convent provided.." sound unclear.

Hello Konstantin1983, as you are correct.

However, since there is no choice here that has a that after found, this is clearly not being tested in this question. Another official problem where one would have preferred a that after announced.

Trans world Entertainment Corporation, which owns the record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains announced it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.

Have noticed some other similar questions as well. So, this is not one of the criterion you should use to eliminate answer choices.

Hello Ashish!

Thanks for your comments. But i think that your example is better than forementioned question. For me "announced it was closing up" sounds better than "found convent provided". Don't you think? But i agree that use of "that" is not tested here)
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"That" is often left out when the verb is about communicating (says, announces, tells). Also note that "found" is also a transitive verb and so a direct object is required; whether it be a noun or a clause, it cannot exist without one.

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24 Sep 2016, 15:45
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Konstantin1983 wrote:
In B and D don't we need "that" after "found"? Seems to me "found convent provided.." sound unclear.

Absolutely. If a clause follows, then "that" is required.

I found the scenery beautiful.... correct.
I found that the scenery is beautiful.... correct.

...modified the question accordingly.

Hi sayantanc2k please change the Option B back, if possible.
This is OG question and "that" is not there in the correct choice in OG. So I guess a new learning for us when we can drop "that".
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07 Mar 2017, 12:54
left with B and D. Opted for B, because D had modifier and lacked Verb
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Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was making the case for women’s equality long before the cause had a name: Born in the mid-seventeenth century in San Miguel Nepantla, Mexico, the convent was the perfect environment for Sor Juana to pursue intellectual pursuits, achieving renown as a mathematician, poet, philosopher, and playwright.

A. the convent was the perfect environment for Sor Juana to pursue intellectual pursuits, achieving
B. Sor Juana found that the convent provided the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits, and she went on to achieve
C. the convent provided the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits for Sor Juana; going on to achieve
D. Sor Juana found that the convent provided the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits; achieving
E. the convent was, Sor Juana found, the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits, and she went on to achieve

The convent was not born in mexico but Sor Juana was born in Mexico,eliminate A,C and E.
the usage of ';' and then the modifier is wrong because semicolon is ending the clause.elimiate D

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Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was making the case for women’s equality long before the cause had a name: Born in the mid-seventeenth century in San Miguel Nepantla, Mexico, the convent was the perfect environment for Sor Juana to pursue intellectual pursuits, achieving renown as a mathematician, poet, philosopher, and playwright.

Issues: Modifier | Diction

Analysis:

1. The first thing to notice is the noun that follows comma after noun modifier clause: "Born in the mid-seventeenth....". That noun should be a person i.e. Sor Juana and not the convent. Hence, (A), (C) and (E) is out
2. Considering (B) and (D), (D) has a fragment because ";" should be followed by an independent clause and not a dependent clause.

A. the convent was the perfect environment for Sor Juana to pursue intellectual pursuits, achieving
B. Sor Juana found that the convent provided the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits, and she went on to achieve
C. the convent provided the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits for Sor Juana; going on to achieve
D. Sor Juana found that the convent provided the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits; achieving
E. the convent was, Sor Juana found, the perfect environment for intellectual pursuits, and she went on to achieve

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31 Jul 2017, 08:16
Hello Everybody,

Regarding to the meaning of the sentences, how should I interpret the usage of the colon in this sentence? What meaning does the colon to the sentence?
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Hello Everybody,

Regarding to the meaning of the sentences, how should I interpret the usage of the colon in this sentence? What meaning does the colon to the sentence?
Kind regards,
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Hi ManuelJesus ,

Colon is used to explain additional information about the first sentence or some list.

For example,

I bought many gifts for my girl friend : a diamond necklace, a dress and a Big Bag full of chocolates.

or

I got what I worked for: I really earned that promotion.

Here are a couple of rules that you may want to see.

Does that make sense?
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Regarding to the meaning of the sentences, how should I interpret the usage of the colon in this sentence? What meaning does the colon to the sentence?
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Which colon is being referred to here? There is only a semicolon in D. The terms of the usage of each of these are vastly different. Hence, they should not be mixed up
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Which colon is being referred to here? There is only a semicolon in D. The terms of the usage of each of these are vastly different. Hence, they should not be mixed up

Hi daagh Sir,

ManuelJesus meant the colon used between the two sentences below:

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was making the case for women’s equality long before the cause had a name : Born in the mid-seventeenth century

I think the person wanted to understand the usage of this colon.
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Oh! the one in the non-underlined part? It is a disaster. because the colon's following clause does not portray how her activities in the seventeenth century predated the 19th and 20th century's feminist's movements. The second part simply talks about the nun's development as a poet, philosopher, playwright, and mathematician
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22 Aug 2017, 01:38
'B' is the correct choice - Sor Juana provides the correct logical subject for born and went on to achieve; the second clause is correctly introduced by and, and is constructed as a full clause with a subject and tensed verb.

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