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The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy presented the results of his early experiments in his “Essay on Heat and Light,” a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a new chemistry that Davy hoped to found.

A. a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a

B. a critique of all chemistry following Robert Boyle and also his envisioning of a

C. a critique of all chemistry after Robert Boyle and envisioning as well

D. critiquing all chemistry from Robert Boyle forward and also a vision of

E. critiquing all the chemistry done since Robert Boyle as well as his own envisioning of


Option A

E is close but I eliminated it as his... Davy sounds illogical.
"critiquing all the chemistry done since Robert Boyle as well as his own envisioning of new chemistry that Davy hoped to found.

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The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy presented the results of his early experiments in his “Essay on Heat and Light,” a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a new chemistry that Davy hoped to found.

A. a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a

B. a critique of all chemistry following Robert Boyle and also his envisioning of a

C. a critique of all chemistry after Robert Boyle and envisioning as well

D. critiquing all chemistry from Robert Boyle forward and also a vision of

E. critiquing all the chemistry done since Robert Boyle as well as his own envisioning of



Hi,
I'd pick A as well.

B - "..all chemistry following Robert Boyle.." doesn't sound right. "and also" is redundant.

C - "..a critique of.. envisioning.." is not parallel.

D - "and also" is redundant, "critiquing all chemistry from Robert Boyle forward.." changes the meaning, I think. Also, Critiquing is not parallel with vision.

E - Sounds like Humphry Davy presented the results of his early experiments .. critiquing both - the Chemistry done since Robert Boyle as well as his own envisioning of new chemistry..
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Why does "critique" have to modify "Essay"? Can't it be:

"The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy presented the results..... critiquing...." ?


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The main objective of the sentence is to describe "Essay on Heat and Light" as Davy's presentation of his own experiments and to further explain that the essay served as both a critique of previous chemistry and a vision of anew kind of chemistry. The clearest, most effective form for providing this explanation of the essay's function is to make critique and vision both appositives of "Essay on Heat and LIght", and to present them in a parallel structure.

Makes sense, but not easy to spot in my view.
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Can anyone please help me out with question. I am not getting it


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The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy presented the results of his early experiments in his "Essay on Heat and Light", a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a new chemistry that Davy hoped to found.

(A) a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a
(B) a critique of all chemistry following Robert Boyle and also his envisioning of a
(C) a critique of all chemistry after Robert Boyle and envisioning as well
(D) critiquing all chemistry from Robert Boyle forward and also a vision of
(E) critiquing all the chemistry done since Robert Boyle as well as his own envisioning of



Hi,

I think you should first look at the structure of the sentence..

1) the underlined portion describes the BOOK " essay on heart and light", so the underlined portion should start with appositive modifier, which is generally used as a noun modifier..
so a present participle CRITIQUING is wrong here and ' a critique' is correct
critique means a detailed analysis of something

this should get you down to three choices : A, B and C

2) parallelism
'a critique' should be parallel with 'a vision'

so only A is left

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I got the right answer because I found D&E wrong for reasons below. Is the use of 'critiquing' wrong here? I think A,B, and C starting with 'a critique' is right because it represents the essay mentioned but 'critiquing' also makes sense because it represents the actions he did through the essay. Please enlighten me here!

(D) forward~~ is wrong.
(E) his own envisioning of ~~ is wrong.
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We could certainly follow the fixed portion with an adverbial modifier ("critiquing"), but the choices that do so aren't parallel: both D and E present a noun after "and." C does the same thing in reverse, starting with a noun and following up with "envisioning." That leaves A and B, the latter of which uses the terrible "his envisioning" in place of the simple "a vision."

ssyohee, you've identified the same problem in E that I just mentioned in C. However, there's nothing wrong with the usage "from X forward," as in D.
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How can an Essay be a critique since a 'a person' ; should it not be since 'time of RB'?
Also do we not use AND as a parallel marker and NOT- as well as ?

If two nouns :
  • a critique of all chemistry
  • vision of a new chemistry

modify the essay, then should not a dash come after “Essay on Heat and Light,” Instead of a coma?
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