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The first shots of the American Revolution, fired at Lexington and Con

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The first shots of the American Revolution, fired at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, were, according to legend, heard around the world, but news of these shots, which were sent by swift messenger, took four days in reaching New York City as well as another additional eleven days to reach Charleston, South Carolina.

(A) shots, which were sent by swift messenger, took four days in reaching New York City as well as another additional eleven days

(B) shots that was sent by swift messenger took four days in order to reach New York City, and also another eleven days

(C) shots that were sent by swift messenger took four days to reach New York City and another eleven days

(D) shots took four days by swift messenger in order to reach New York City and another eleven days in addition

(E) shots took four days by swift messenger to reach New York City and another eleven days

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This question looks at modifiers, subject verb agreement and redundancy/wordiness.
(A) shots, which were sent by swift messenger, took four days in reaching New York City as well as another additional eleven days
wrong modifier for which, news is singular so were is incorrect, and another additional is redundant.

(B) shots that was sent by swift messenger took four days in order to reach New York City, and also another eleven days
modification error with that and also another is redundant
(C) shots that were sent by swift messenger took four days to reach New York City and another eleven days
modification error with that and news is singular so were is incorrect verb tense

(D) shots took four days by swift messenger in order to reach New York City and another eleven days in addition
In order is not needed here and in addition is redundant

(E) shots took four days by swift messenger to reach New York City and another eleven days- correct answer because concise and has correct subject verb agreement
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The first shots of the American Revolution, fired at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, were, according to legend, heard around the world, but news of these shots, which were sent by swift messenger, took four days in reaching New York City as well as another additional eleven days to reach Charleston, South Carolina.

(A) shots, which were sent by swift messenger, took four days in reaching New York City as well as another additional eleven days --Shots weren't sent by messenger

(B) shots that was sent by swift messenger took four days in order to reach New York City, and also another eleven days --SV disagreement; besides it repeats the logical error present in A

(C) shots that were sent by swift messenger took four days to reach New York City and another eleven days --Logical error similar to that in A

(D) shots took four days by swift messenger in order to reach New York City and another eleven days in addition --another//in addition are redudant; in order is not required

(E) shots took four days by swift messenger to reach New York City and another eleven days --Correct
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(A) shots, which were sent by swift messenger, took four days in reaching New York City as well as another additional eleven days

(B) shots that was sent by swift messenger took four days in order to reach New York City, and also another eleven days

(C) shots that were sent by swift messenger took four days to reach New York City and another eleven days

(D) shots took four days by swift messenger in order to reach New York City and another eleven days in addition

(E) shots took four days by swift messenger to reach New York City and another eleven days


(A) (B) (C) have incorrect modifier ",which" , "that" and "that"
shots weren't sent, news were. (B) "was" is incorrect as well
(D) another + in addition wrong, pretty sure in order to is not required.


(E) is the only correct answer
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daagh wrote:
Concision is certainly one of the factors but not the sole factor. Here in this case we can see how others are technically wrong.

A. shots, which were sent by swift messenger, took four days in reaching New York City as well as another additional eleven days ------- 1.wrong modification of the pronoun ‘which’ 2. News is singular and the plural verb ‘were’ is SV mismatch 3. Awful redundancy of another, additional etc

B. shots that was sent by swift messenger took four days in order to reach New York City, and also another eleven days --- 1 wrong modification by using the restrictive ‘that’ 2. Redundancy in ‘also another’

C. shots that were sent by swift messenger took four days to reach New York City and another eleven days ---- 1, same modification problem as in B 2. Additionally, ‘news’ and ‘were’ – SV mismatch

D. shots took four days by swift messenger in order to reach New York City and another eleven days in addition ---- 1. redundancy of another and in addition 2. unnecessary use of ‘in order’

E. shots took four days by swift messenger to reach New York City and another eleven days—avoids all the grammatical errors and of course is also concise


Dear daagh,
Are the following constructions right??

A. shots, which were was sent by swift messenger, took four days in reaching New York City as well as another additional eleven days ; 'which.....' is a non-essential modifier here and it modifies 'news' IMO [we already know what news is under discussion so usage of that would be incorrect] ; Am I missing something here??

E. shots took four days by swift messenger to reach New York City and as well as [took] another eleven days; I know 'and' is the right usage, but if 'as well as' is used does it makes the SC. wrong??

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New post 23 May 2019, 10:23
To add to all the wonderful explanations:
The first shots of the American Revolution, fired at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, were, according to legend, heard around the world, but news of these shots, which were sent by swift messenger, took four days in reaching New York City as well as another additional eleven days to reach Charleston, South Carolina.


(A) shots, which were sent by swift messenger, took four days in reaching New York City as well as another additional eleven days

Which after the comma modifies shots, the shots were not sent, it was the news that was sent. Incorrect.

(B) shots that was sent by swift messenger took four days in order to reach New York City, and also another eleven days

Illogical meaning, shots were not sent by the messenger, use of and also changes the meaning. Incorrect.

(C) shots that were sent by swift messenger took four days to reach New York City and another eleven days

S-V disagreement. News - Was is the desired one. Incorrect.

(D) shots took four days by swift messenger in order to reach New York City and another eleven days in addition

Another and in addition - redundancy error. Incorrect.

(E) shots took four days by swift messenger to reach New York City and another eleven days
Correct and concise
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