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# The wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and

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The wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, in response to a challenge to create a ghost story.

A. The wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, in response to a challenge to create a ghost story.
B. To create a ghost story, the wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, in response to a challenge.
C. The world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, the wife of the poet Shelly wrote in response to a challenge to create a ghost story.
D. Writing in response to a challenge to create a ghost story, the wife of the poet Shelly made the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein.
E. In response to a challenge to create a ghost story, the wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein.
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12 May 2005, 09:24
Is it A?

I know B, C and D are awkward.,

Between A and E, A seems simpler and concise
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12 May 2005, 14:06
Its between A and E
I choose "A".

To me, E seems to say that the ghost story us "the wife of poet Shelly..."
which is incorrect.

A. The wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, in response to a challenge to create a ghost story.
E. In response to a challenge to create a ghost story, the wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein.
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12 May 2005, 14:22
pb_india wrote:
Its between A and E
I choose "A".

To me, E seems to say that the ghost story us "the wife of poet Shelly..."
which is incorrect.

A. The wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, in response to a challenge to create a ghost story.
E. In response to a challenge to create a ghost story, the wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein.

I read it the opposite way in response -> the wife wrote instead of the wife wore -> blah blah blah Frankenstein -> in responce
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12 May 2005, 18:27
IMO, there is no difference between A & E. It is a style that the author adopts.

E creates an interest in what the author is going to say next
- hence I pick E
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106.The wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, in response to a challenge to create a ghost story.

A. The wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, in response to a challenge to create a ghost story.
B. To create a ghost story, the wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, in response to a challenge.
C. The world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, the wife of the poet Shelly wrote in response to a challenge to create a ghost story.
D. Writing in response to a challenge to create a ghost story, the wife of the poet Shelly made the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein.
E. In response to a challenge to create a ghost story, the wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein.

between A and E I go with E because

1- E is simpler
2- The challenge came first then the ghost story is created.
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12 May 2005, 18:46
also between A and E

E sounds better
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12 May 2005, 20:41
OA is E, but I can't find any error in A
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12 May 2005, 20:47
I'll go with the crowd & pick E, though I find no flaw in A.

Suspence is created holding Frankenstein to the end
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A. The wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, in response to a challenge to create a ghost story.

A is wrong because " in response to a challenge to create a ghost story.
" should modify wife, not Frankestein, so it should not be placed the way it is.
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02 Feb 2013, 08:48
I too find no issues with A or E.

It's just that E sounds better.
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02 Feb 2013, 15:19
Can somebody explain why A is wrong ?

I feel that A is better than E because ", in response to a challenge to create a ghost story." correctly modifies the entire clause. Whereas in E it seems to incorrectly modify "The wife of the poet Shelly" which does not make sense to me. Indeed, "in response to a challenge to create a ghost story" refer to the action which was the "response" hereby to write the novel. The wife is not herself "in response of something". Can somebody clarify this point?
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03 Feb 2013, 04:28
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Can somebody explain why A is wrong ?

I feel that A is better than E because ", in response to a challenge to create a ghost story." correctly modifies the entire clause. Whereas in E it seems to incorrectly modify "The wife of the poet Shelly" which does not make sense to me. Indeed, "in response to a challenge to create a ghost story" refer to the action which was the "response" hereby to write the novel. The wife is not herself "in response of something". Can somebody clarify this point?

I think "In response to a challenge to create a ghost story" is a prepositional modifier. It can either modify the complete clause OR noun.
So I cannot rule out E as wrong.
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23 May 2013, 03:47
The wife cannot be in response to a challenge hence e is wrong , what is the source can some expert shed light here ?

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23 May 2013, 09:44
I chose option A, in response to the question.

or should it be -

In response to the question, I chose option A.
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I chose option A, in response to the question.

or should it be -

In response to the question, I chose option A.

Hi GPabla

A and E are quite different in meaning. Let see examples:

(1) I fixed my care in response to the bad weather
(2) In response to the bad weather, I fixed my car.

The first sentence means my car was broken because of the bad weather, so I had to fix it. The second sentence, however, means I forecast the weather would be bad (rainy, storm, etc...). To avoid accidence, I fixed (maintenance) my car.

Back to the question, E is much better. If you say "the wife....wrote the Frankenstein in respond to a challenge....". It's like the story Frankenstein VS a challenge. But if you say "In respond to a challenge, the wife of.... wrote the Frankenstein". The action "wrote" is conveyed much clearer.

Hence, E is correct.

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23 May 2013, 22:56
B C D are awkward

A. The wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein, in response to a challenge to create a ghost story.
E. In response to a challenge to create a ghost story, the wife of the poet Shelly wrote the world-famous and increasingly relevant Gothic horror tale, Frankenstein.

"In response to a challenge to create a ghost story" this beginning is relevant followed by "the wife" rather than in option A, where WIFE and RESPONSE are far away.
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24 May 2013, 10:41
Can someone please help to choose between A and E, how to rule out A- is there some rule for it. I am not getting it
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24 May 2013, 10:49
Ans is E too easy for a 700 level ques
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09 Jun 2013, 09:39
I am confused between A and E. In A, the placing "in response" seems correct as it is modifying the entire clause of writing the story. E seems correct because it is more logical to have the modifier clause at start than at end, however the placing of wife of poet Sally is causing the confusion of what is modified .. Can someone provide some insight on which one precedes or is correct?

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