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# The cat in the Hat, a whimsical story about a six-foot-tall cat

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Re: The cat in the Hat, a whimsical story about a six-foot-tall cat [#permalink]
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The cat in the Hat, a whimsical story about a six-foot-tall cat visiting two bored children, were commissioned, employing clever rhymes and interesting plot twists, in response to widespread criticism of the simple and boring primers that were then used to teach children to read.

A. children, were commissioned , employing clever rhymes and interesting plot twists, in response to
B. children, was commissioned and employed clever rhymes and interesting plot twists, as a response to
C. children, employing clever rhymes and interesting plot twists, was commissioned in response to
D. children, that employed clever rhymes and interesting plot twists , was commissioned due to
E. children and employing clever rhymes and interesting plot twists were commissioned due to

Hello guys!
Starting with this question, we can easily spot and eliminate the tiny errors before we proceed to the top 2 answers.

Eliminate Option A, E, it is referring to the whimsical story which is singular and the use of 'was' is essential and not 'were'.
Eliminate Option B, IMO, 'as a response to' sounds incorrect.
Eliminate Option D, it is slightly wordy and the construction is flawed.

Option C perfectly ends with 'in response to' and has a perfect construction.

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Still confused between B & C.
"was commissioned and employed" vs "employing clever .., was commissioned..." - can we evaluate on the basis of this?
If yes, what's the rule we should look for?
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Target4bschool wrote:
GMATNinja yashikaaggarwal

Still confused between B & C.
"was commissioned and employed" vs "employing clever .., was commissioned..." - can we evaluate on the basis of this?
If yes, what's the rule we should look for?

If i am not wrong, "was commissioned and employed" -- is depicting two verbs for one subject "The cat in the hat" hence making Subject verb agreement error.
Hence C is better than B because its segregating verb was commissioned from additional verb.
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GMATNinja yashikaaggarwal

Still confused between B & C.
"was commissioned and employed" vs "employing clever .., was commissioned..." - can we evaluate on the basis of this?
If yes, what's the rule we should look for?

When we find 2 options as grammatically correct, we have no choice but need to understand the meaning of sentence and need to find out which makes more sense.

B says: Book was commissioned and employed clever rhymes and interesting plot twists as a response to criticism
C says: Book had clever rhymes and interesting plot twists . This book was commissioned as a response to criticism

After we understand the difference, we can easily eliminate B because commissioned and employed were not parallel activities, and rhymes were part of book . Note: book is already published , it already had rhymes.

Hence clear winner C
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