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The suspect in the burglary was advised of his right to remain silent, told he could not leave, and was interrogated in a detention room.


(A) of his right to remain silent, told he could not leave, and was

(B) of his right to remain silent, told he could not leave, and

(C) of his right to remain silent and that he could not leave and

(D) that he had a right to remain silent, could not leave, and was

(E) that he had a right to remain silent, that he could not leave, and was
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Hey All,

I got asked to take this one on by PM, so here I am! I'm taking a break from the forums after today, however, so this'll be my last few posts for a while! Sorry!


The suspect in the burglary was advised of his right to remain silent, told he could not leave, and was interrogated in a detention room.

Clearly we've got parallelism here (comma, comma, "and"), so that should be our main concern.

(A) of his right to remain silent, told he could not leave, and was
PROBLEM: WAS advised, told, and WAS interrogated. You have to put the "was" in front of all three, or else just the first one.

(B) of his right to remain silent, told he could not leave, and
ANSWER: advised, told, and interrogated

(C) of his right to remain silent and that he could not leave and
PROBLEM: You only use "and" at the very end of a list. So you shouldn't have two "ands" in a row (except in the rare exception where the last item in your list is ITSELF a two part noun ("I like tuna fish, BLTs, and peanut butter and jelly." OR "The money is for growth, dividends, and research and development.").

(D) that he had a right to remain silent, could not leave, and was
PROBLEM: Advised "that" is okay, but now the list has started AFTER "advised" (instead of BEFORE "advised," as in answer choice B). It's logical that he was advised "that he had a right" and "that he could not leave," but you can't say "advised that was interrogated," so the third item isn't in parallel anymore.

(E) that he had a right to remain silent, that he could not leave, and was
PROBLEM: This is actually the same as above. Adding the "that" to the second item in the list just further necessitates it for the third item. We don't get it.

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The intended structure the text is: The suspect in the burglary was (advised, told, and interrogated). We can now see the unparallel intrusion of the word ‘was’ in the construction. Therefore, only B and C remain. C is wrong because of unnecessarily breaking the //ism by missing the working verb in the second arm. The verb 'advised' belongs to suspect’s right and is not a common verb for all the three arms.
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There are three verbs, which all need to be in the same form. We cannot have the 'was' in the original sentence, because it is passive. We need three direct verbs and only (B) gives us there: 'advised', 'told' and 'interrogated'. The proper idiom is 'advised of' so that leaves us with (B).

The suspect in the burglary was advised of his right to remain silent, told he could not leave, and was interrogated in a detention room.
(A) of his right to remain silent, told he could not leave, and was
(B) of his right to remain silent, told he could not leave, and
(C) of his right to remain silent and that he could not leave and
(D) that he had a right to remain silent, could not leave, and was
(E) that he had a right to remain silent, that he could not leave, and was
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