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# The United States minted about 857 million silver-colored

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The United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars between 1979 and 1981, but the coin proved unpopular because it looked and felt too much like a quarter.

(A) The United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars between 1979 and 1981, but the coin
(B) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars were minted as coins in the United States between 1979 and 1981 but
(C) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars that were minted between 1979 and 1981 in the United States
(D) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars that the United States minted between 1979 and 1981
(E) Between 1979 and 1981 the United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars, which
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26 Jul 2009, 22:53
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agreed

the pronoun it refers to a noun coin, which is only available in A
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27 Jul 2009, 07:12
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sanoasis wrote:
The United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars between 1979 and 1981, but the coin proved unpopular because it looked and felt too much like a quarter.

(A) The United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars between 1979 and 1981, but the coin
(B) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars were minted as coins in the United States between 1979 and 1981 but
(C) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars that were minted between 1979 and 1981 in the United States
(D) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars that the United States minted between 1979 and 1981
(E) Between 1979 and 1981 the United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars, which

B, C and D are wrong for passive voice..

E is wrong for using 'which'. the modifier should modify the whole sentence not just dollars.

my pick is A.
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27 Jul 2009, 11:13
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IMO A

(B) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars were minted as coins in the United States between 1979 and 1981 but - "dollars were minted as coins" sounds awkward. It sounds as if some more dollars were minted, but not as coins. Also a singular subject is required, as the sentence ends with "because it looked...."
(C) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars that were minted between 1979 and 1981 in the United States -Sounds as if only the dollars minted between 1979 and 1981 were unpopular. There were some more dollars which might have been popular; singular subject required.
(D) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars that the United States minted between 1979 and 1981 -same error as in C
(E) Between 1979 and 1981 the United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars, which -Plural subject "dollars"; singular subject is required, as the sentence ends with "because it looked...."
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21 Sep 2009, 21:37
C and D are incorrect because they change the meaning to say that 857 million coins were unpopular - the rest of the coins were popular...

update: I guess I was just repeating bigoyal's words...
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21 Sep 2009, 21:42
bigoyal wrote:
IMO A

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(E) Between 1979 and 1981 the United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars, which -Plural subject "dollars"; singular subject is required, as the sentence ends with "because it looked...."

Then A should be incorrect too!
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21 Sep 2009, 22:10
mendelay wrote:
bigoyal wrote:
IMO A

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(E) Between 1979 and 1981 the United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars, which -Plural subject "dollars"; singular subject is required, as the sentence ends with "because it looked...."

Then A should be incorrect too!

In A, the subject is "the coin" - the coin proved unpopular because it looked.....

Whereas in option E, the subject is "which" referring to "dollars" - ....dollars, which proved unpopular because it looked.....
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21 Sep 2009, 23:04
A it is All other optiosn have clear errors
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12 Dec 2010, 04:32
bigoyal great explanations... follower and +1.
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27 Jul 2016, 02:42
The United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars between 1979 and 1981, but the coin proved unpopular because it looked and felt too much like a quarter.

The non underlined part tells us that the subject of the sentence is a singular noun.

None of the option has a singular noun except A

(A) The United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars between 1979 and 1981, but the coin
Correct:- "coin" is singular and "it" refers correctly back to the "coin"

(B) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars were minted as coins in the United States between 1979 and 1981 but
WRONG:- "it" in the non underlined part refers back to "dollars" (which is plural) :- Subject-Verb Error

(C) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars that were minted between 1979 and 1981 in the United States
WRONG:- "it" in the non underlined part refers back to "dollars" (which is plural) :- Subject-Verb Error

(D) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars that the United States minted between 1979 and 1981
WRONG:- "it" in the non underlined part refers back to "dollars" (which is plural) :- Subject-Verb Error

(E) Between 1979 and 1981 the United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars, which[/quote]
WRONG:- "it" in the non underlined part refers back to "dollars" (which is plural) :- Subject-Verb Error

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The United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars between 1979 and 1981, but the coin proved unpopular because it looked and felt too much like a quarter.

(A) The United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars between 1979 and 1981, but the coin
(B) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars were minted as coins in the United States between 1979 and 1981 but
(C) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars that were minted between 1979 and 1981 in the United States
(D) About 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars that the United States minted between 1979 and 1981
(E) Between 1979 and 1981 the United States minted about 857 million silver-colored "Susan B. Anthony" dollars, which

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