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The auk, which nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs, lays

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The auk, which nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs, lays an egg that is extremely pointed and so, if accidentally kicked, will roll in a circle rather than straight over the edge.

The auk, which nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs, lays an egg that is extremely pointed
The auk, which nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs, lays an extremely pointed egg
The auk's egg, the auk being a bird that nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs, is extremely pointed
The egg of the auk – a bird that nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs – are extremely pointed
The egg of the auk – a bird that nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs – is extremely pointed

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Since the predicate is compound ("lays an egg . . . and . . . will roll"), the sentence requires a subject that is appropriate to both parts of the predicate. Based on this requirement, (A) implies that the auk itself, if accidentally kicked, will roll in a circle. (B) makes a cosmetic change but does not fix this problem. So we eliminate (A) and (B). Look for an answer choice that fixes the problem, either by providing a subject appropriate to both parts of the predicate, or by changing the structure of the sentence to eliminate the problem.

(C), (D) and (E) all fix the problem by making "egg" the subject, with the compound predicate "are/is extremely pointed and . . . will roll". However, (C) uses the awkward "the auk being a bird", so we eliminate (C).

(D) violates subject/verb agreement by using "the egg . . . are". This error is made less clear by inserting the plural nouns "rocky ledges" and "sea cliffs" between the subject and verb. However we eliminate (D), and this leaves us with choice (E), our correct answer.


Hi, I felt the hyphened part is for "the egg", not for "the ark". Is hyphened part always the description of the noun just in front of it?
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The auk, which nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs, lays an egg that is extremely pointed and so, if accidentally kicked, will roll in a circle rather than straight over the edge.

lets remove the modifier and see....

The auk lays an egg that is extremely pointed and so, if accidentally kicked, will roll in a circle rather than straight over the edge.
WHAT IS KICKED ? EGG OR BIRD?
ONLY "E" CORRECT AS IT IS UNAMBIGUOUS....



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The auk's egg, the auk being a bird that nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs, is extremely pointed
option C is incorrect??
why??
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Can some expert please explain how E is correct?
And why are A/B wrong ?
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Why is C incorrect? please provide some explanation
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My explanation for E as correct answer:

Quote:
The auk, which nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs, lays an egg that is extremely pointed


This option has meaning ambiguity as it is unclear on what is kicked, bird or the egg.

Quote:
The auk, which nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs, lays an extremely pointed egg


In this option, the subject is The auk, however, the author wanted to describe the Auk's egg and so, making the egg as the subject is more direct. Furthermore, there seems to be slight meaning change in
lays an egg that is extemely pointed vs lays an extremely pointed egg

Quote:
The auk's egg, the auk being a bird that nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs, is extremely pointed


This sentence is wordy in my opinion especially the part "being a bird that nests"

Quote:
The egg of the auk – a bird that nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs – are extremely pointed


S-V error, egg...are so not correct

Quote:
The egg of the auk – a bird that nests on the rocky ledges of sea cliffs – is extremely pointed


In this sentence, the egg is made the subject of the sentence. the sentence in between explains the auk and finally S-V is also corrected.
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