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The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended from Versailles, France, in a basket beneath a hot-air balloon in September 1783.

(A) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended
(B) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended
(C) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
(D) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers to ascended
(E) a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending

I can understand (C) distorts the meaning. However, in (b), "that" might only modify a rooster?

please help me

Originally posted by janeyeo on 20 Feb 2019, 02:47.
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The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended from Versailles, France, in a basket beneath a hot-air balloon in September 1783.

(A) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended
(B) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended
(C) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
(D) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers to ascended
(E) a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending

I can understand (C) distorts the meaning. However, in (b), "that" might only modify a rooster?

please help me


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(A) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended
should be in active voice

(B) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended
correct verb

(C) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
correct grammar, but altered meaning.

(D) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers to ascended
"to" should be followed by infinitive

(E) a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending
altered meaning
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Mahmoudfawzy83 wrote:
(A) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended
should be in active voice

(B) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended
correct verb

(C) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
correct grammar, but altered meaning.

(D) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers to ascended
"to" should be followed by infinitive

(E) a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending
altered meaning


Can you explain in more depth about the meaning changing in C please?

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(B) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended ==> correct use.

Answer is (B)
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Thanks for your reply. I have one more question "that" does not only modify a rooster?
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(A) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended
should be in active voice

(B) The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended
correct verb -> "that" does not only modify a rooster?

(C) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
correct grammar, but altered meaning.

(D) A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers to ascended
"to" should be followed by infinitive

(E) a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending
altered meaning
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I'm a little stuck on how C is wrong.

We have:

A sheep, a duck, and a rooster (the noun and subjects) were the first balloon passengers (descriptive modifier right?) that ascended (correct verb)

I just don't see it. its parallel, subjects agree with tense and verb is in correct froml. Help please.
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I'm a little stuck on how C is wrong.

We have:

A sheep, a duck, and a rooster (the noun and subjects) were the first balloon passengers (descriptive modifier right?) that ascended (correct verb)

I just don't see it. its parallel, subjects agree with tense and verb is in correct froml. Help please.


C is grammatically correct, but SC cares about both the grammar and the meaning.

C says: A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended from Versailles, France, in a basket beneath a hot-air balloon in September 1783.

which means that a sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first passengers to launch from Versailles, but there may be other passengers before them who launched from other places other than Versailles.

While the main passage says that the first passengers (of all times) to ride the balloon were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster.
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Mahmoudfawzy83 wrote:
MWithrock wrote:
I'm a little stuck on how C is wrong.

We have:

A sheep, a duck, and a rooster (the noun and subjects) were the first balloon passengers (descriptive modifier right?) that ascended (correct verb)

I just don't see it. its parallel, subjects agree with tense and verb is in correct froml. Help please.


C is grammatically correct, but SC cares about both the grammar and the meaning.

C says: A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended from Versailles, France, in a basket beneath a hot-air balloon in September 1783.

which means that a sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first passengers to launch from Versailles, but there may be other passengers before them who launched from other places other than Versailles.

While the main passage says that the first passengers (of all times) to ride the balloon were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster.


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