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The original building and loan associations were organized as limited life funds, whose members made monthly payments on their share subscriptions, then taking turns drawing on the funds for home mortgages.

(A) subscriptions, then taking turns drawing
(B) subscriptions, and then taking turns drawing
(C) subscriptions and then took turns drawing
(D) subscriptions and then took turns, they drew
(E) subscriptions and then drew, taking turns
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IMO C.

The two verbs in the subclause should be parallel: made....took
A one after the other relationship is occuring here >>>
made monthly payments on their share.....and then took turns

DRAWING is correct usage here to indicate the ongoing activity.

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The original building and loan associations were organized as limited life funds, whose members made monthly payments on their share subscriptions, then taking turns drawing on the funds for home mortgages.

(A) subscriptions, then taking turns drawing
(B) subscriptions, and then taking turns drawing
(C) subscriptions and then took turns drawing
(D) subscriptions and then took turns, they drew
(E) subscriptions and then drew, taking turns


For me is between C and E.
What are your thoughts?

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Hi guys,

Can you please elaborate why D is not the correct answer?
I thought as the sentence is in the past tense, 'they drew' makes much more sense then 'drawing'
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IMO C,

made and took the 2 verbs are parallel. Drawing modifies turns........ informing what the turns were for.
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it is C.

homeowners made monthly payments on their..... and took turns drawing on the funds....conveys the correct meaning.

homeowners made monthly payments on their.....and then drew, taking turns on the funds....is awkward
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i guess i have seen this question earlier ..its c
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IMO C.. Parallelism..
This is an OG question.. OG12 !
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The original building and loan associations were organized as limited life funds, whose members made monthly payments on their share subscriptions, then taking turns drawing on the funds for home mortgages.

(A) subscriptions, then taking turns drawing
(B) subscriptions, and then taking turns drawing
(C) subscriptions and then took turns drawing
(D) subscriptions and then took turns, they drew
(E) subscriptions and then drew, taking turns

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This SC is checking parallelism

made || took. C and D left.
D has ambiguous "they"
C left.
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i don't understand what makes this a 700 level question, and as correctly stated in the above post, 'they' in D is ambiguous , so C is the correct answer.
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i don't understand what makes this a 700 level question, and as correctly stated in the above post, 'they' in D is ambiguous , so C is the correct answer.




May be this question is easy for you and thats why u r not finding it worth 700.... but this question is very confusing for some ....
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I picked C for this question:

A. There are parallelism issues here because we are trying to describe the 2 things that members do: made payments...and took turns. "Taking" is not parallel to "made." My initial thought was that "taking" was actually a modifier - in either case, this answer choice is still incorrect.

B. The coordinating conjunction separates 2 independent clauses. "Then taking..." is not an independent clause making this answer choice incorrect. Also, it suffers from parallelism issues.

C. This answer is correct because the verbs are parallel: made monthly payments...and took turns drawing.

D. There is a comma splice. 2 independent clauses are separated by a comma - this is incorrect.

E. "Taking..." seems to be modifying the entire clause preceding it - this makes no sense.
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Can you please elaborate why D is not the correct answer?
I thought as the sentence is in the past tense, 'they drew' makes much more sense then 'drawing'


After comma its a independent clause and there is no 'and' or 'but'
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is the usage of drawing correct in this context because , it answers the question ... they take turns to do what? ...
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The original building and loan associations were organized as limited life funds, whose members made monthly payments on their share subscriptions and then took turns, they drew on the funds for home mortgages.

Can someone explain the run-on in option D do we need a semi-colon (;)?

semi-colon is used to join 2 IC's but doesn't "whose" start a DC?
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The original building and loan associations were organized as limited life funds, whose members made monthly payments on their share subscriptions and then took turns, they drew on the funds for home mortgages.

Can someone explain the run-on in option D do we need a semi-colon (;)?

semi-colon is used to join 2 IC's but doesn't "whose" start a DC?


Yes, semi-colon is used to join 2 ICs or we can also use conjunctions (FANBOYS) to join 2 ICs.

But, here the clause after the comma is not an IC but a relative clause. Also, who, whom, whose, which can only act as relative clauses because they are referring back to some noun in the sentence. Like in this case, whose is referring back to the noun "limited life funds".

You can read the below sentence and see whether it makes sense by itself, it won't. Thus, it'll always be a relative or a dependent clause.
whose members made monthly payments on their share subscriptions and then took turns, they drew on the funds for home mortgages

Choice C: Both the verbs made and took are parallel in the relative clause.

Let me know if it makes sense.
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I have a query in the below OG question:

The original building and loan associations were organized as limited life funds, whose members made monthly payments on their share subscriptions, then taking turns drawing on the funds for home mortgages.
(A) subscriptions, then taking turns drawing
(B) subscriptions, and then taking turns drawing
(C) subscriptions and then took turns drawing
(D) subscriptions and then took turns, they drew
(E) subscriptions and then drew, taking turns

Below is my query:

I know that a verb-ing modifier when put without a comma after a noun(object) will modify the object itself and not the subject. As happens in the below example:

He killed the snake using a stick.

Then in the OG question above, isn't drawing modifies noun turns? instead of modifying members?

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I have a query in the below OG question:

The original building and loan associations were organized as limited life funds, whose members made monthly payments on their share subscriptions, then taking turns drawing on the funds for home mortgages.
(A) subscriptions, then taking turns drawing
(B) subscriptions, and then taking turns drawing
(C) subscriptions and then took turns drawing
(D) subscriptions and then took turns, they drew
(E) subscriptions and then drew, taking turns

Below is my query:

I know that a verb-ing modifier when put without a comma after a noun(object) will modify the object itself and not the subject. As happens in the below example:

He killed the snake using a stick.

Then in the OG question above, isn't drawing modifies noun turns? instead of modifying members?


Hi shindesubodh

Yes, you're correct. Verb-ing modifier without a comma --> modifies a preceding noun.
Thus, drawing modifies turns. It tells us that what the turns draw on (turns draw on the funds for home mortgages).

As in your example:
He killed the snake using a stick. <-- Verb-ing modifier without a comma ==> "using" modifies snake, not "he". Thus, the sentence does not make any sense.

Hope it helps.
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I have a query in the below OG question:

The original building and loan associations were organized as limited life funds, whose members made monthly payments on their share subscriptions, then taking turns drawing on the funds for home mortgages.
(A) subscriptions, then taking turns drawing
(B) subscriptions, and then taking turns drawing
(C) subscriptions and then took turns drawing
(D) subscriptions and then took turns, they drew
(E) subscriptions and then drew, taking turns

Below is my query:

I know that a verb-ing modifier when put without a comma after a noun(object) will modify the object itself and not the subject. As happens in the below example:

He killed the snake using a stick.

Then in the OG question above, isn't drawing modifies noun turns? instead of modifying members?


Please give a proper title to your post and read the forum rules before posting.
Your question is already disscussed here verb-ing-modifier-conceptual-clarity-151205.html (last post of the thread)
-ING Modifiers are disscussed here
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Hi Subodh,

Remember that verbs in the '-ing' form can be modifiers, but they can also just be actions.

In this case, ‘drawing’ is part of the verb ‘took’. Think of it this way: instead of saying the members ‘took turns drawing on the funds’, we can also say the members ‘took turns to draw on the funds,’ and it would not change the meaning of the sentence. Since ‘drawing’ in this case is interchangeable with the verb ‘to draw’, it is functioning as part of the action in this sentence.

I hope this helps to clarify your doubt! :-)

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