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The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president, a senator, and a governor that had been traveling to Washington, D.C. together on the Liberty Express in 1907.

(A) The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president, a senator, and a governor that had been traveling

(B) The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president, a senator, and a governor, who traveled

(C) A president, a senator, and a governor were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars who traveled

(D) A president, a senator, and a governor who were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars to travel

(E) A president, a senator, and a governor were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars traveling
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I narrowed down to B and C. Somehow C fits in better .
I believe 3 nouns followed by were is correct rather than other way round.

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C has modifer problem, Car should not be referred as "who".

Eliminate A because of tense, had been travelling is wrong.

I will go with B.

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New post 25 Jun 2007, 08:57
I too narrowed to B and C and selected C
OA is B.

The argument against C is (given in the source):
Meaning. This choice makes it seem that these people were the first passengers on railroad cars who traveled to D.C., rather than just the first passengers on railroad cars.

My point - well, who knows history. These people could well have been the first persons to travel in railroads to DC. In fact, because it lists Presidents, I thought that was the intended meaning.

Any more opinions ? I wanted to see if there is any grammatical flaw.

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I too narrowed to B and C and selected C
OA is B.

The argument against C is (given in the source):
Meaning. This choice makes it seem that these people were the first passengers on railroad cars who traveled to D.C., rather than just the first passengers on railroad cars.

My point - well, who knows history. These people could well have been the first persons to travel in railroads to DC. In fact, because it lists Presidents, I thought that was the intended meaning.

Any more opinions ? I wanted to see if there is any grammatical flaw.


i picked "C" too, but i see the catch here.., "C" looks gramatically correct but it changes the original meaning here..
replace "who" in option "C" with "that" and see that it makes more sense wit the explanation given above..
basically a modifier issue...! hope this helps, correct if wrong..!!

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Lost to option (C).

The difference between option B and C is the meaning

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Clean C.

B is ambiguous. It could mean that the only person who traveled in the Liberty Express was the governor.
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I will go with B here

According to me in option B "a president, a senator and a governor".... is forming a compound subject, Also Modifier who properly modifying these people.

The problem i found with C is that "who" is modifying "Modern rail road cars"....this is changing the meaning of the sentence, since in the question what together traveled are people and not cars. thus it is wrong.

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The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president , a senator, and a governor, that had been traveling to washington ,Dc together on the liberty express in 1907.


A) The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president , a senator , and a governor , who traveled
B) A president , a senator , and a governor were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars traveling.

Does the who in option A modify only the governor and not the others ??

What do you think is the correct answer Between A and B.


Its A. WHO correctly refers to PEOPLE

For B:
"A president , a senator , and a governor were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars traveling."

this highlighted word is problem here as it modifies cars and seems that cars are travelling to washington--> this is not the meaning implied by the sentence.

hence A is the best.

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Referring to people & singular thus who is correct
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I believe the comma after governor is incorrect in A? Thoughts?

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The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president , a senator, and a governor, that had been traveling to washington ,Dc together on the liberty express in 1907.


A) The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president , a senator , and a governor , who traveled
B) A president , a senator , and a governor were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars traveling.

Does the who in option A modify only the governor and not the others ??

What do you think is the correct answer Between A and B.


between A and B. i took A. in B, "traveling" incorrectly modified cars but its logically modified 3 persons. correct me if i am wrong
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A is wrong. X and Y, who is a teacher. is a wrong construction and it is confirmed by ron in one of the Thursday video.
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The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president, a senator, and a governor, who traveled - Correctly written :) +1 for A :)
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The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president, a senator, and a governor that had been traveling to Washington, D.C. together on the Liberty Express in 1907.

A)The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president, a senator, and a governor that had been traveling

B)The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president, a senator, and a governor, who traveled

C)A president, a senator, and a governor were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars who traveled

D)A president, a senator, and a governor who were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars to travel

E)A president, a senator, and a governor were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars traveling






A)The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president, a senator, and a governor that had been traveling

In the non underline part of the sentence the specific time period ------in 1907 ------is given therefore use simple past tense ---traveled
concept -----if in the sentence specific time period is given use simple past tense


B)The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president, a senator, and a governor, who traveled

who traveled to Washington, D.C. together on the Liberty Express in 1907-------correctly modify ------The first political passengers on modern railroad cars were a president, a senator, and a governor



C)A president, a senator, and a governor were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars who traveled

who --modify----- cars---- wrong

who needs to modify people .


D)A president, a senator, and a governor who were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars to travel

In the non underline part of the sentence the specific time period ------in 1907 ------is given therefore use simple past tense ---traveled
concept -----if in the sentence specific time period is given use simple past tense


E)A president, a senator, and a governor were the first political passengers on modern railroad cars traveling

In the non underline part of the sentence the specific time period ------in 1907 ------is given therefore use simple past tense ---traveled
concept -----if in the sentence specific time period is given use simple past tense

correct Answer B

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Here, the critical word is 'together' in the non-underlined portion. This question gives us a good lesson because we care less to non-underline portion.
B is the answer because it is only answer that has no ambiguity problem. The word 'together' removes apparent ambiguity of 'who'.
C and E has modifier problems..who travel? Still, thhose two doesnt make sense because of 'together'.
A has tense problem.
D is a fragment.

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