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# Trying to keep her balance on the icy surface, the last comp

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12 Jul 2014, 04:14
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. Trying to keep her balance on the icy surface, the last competitor's ski-tip caught the pole and somersaulted into the soft snow.

A. the last competitor's ski-tip caught the pole and somersaulted into the soft snow.

B. the ski-tip of the last competitor caught the pole and somersaulted in the soft snow.

C. the last competitor caught the pole with the tip of her ski, and somersaulted into the soft snow.

D. the last competitor caught the pole with her ski-tip, which made her somersault into the soft snow.

E. the last competitor somersaulted into the soft snow when the tip of her ski was caught by the pole.

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12 Jul 2014, 07:54
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Trying to keep her balance on the icy surface, the last competitor's ski-tip caught the pole and somersaulted into the soft snow.

A. the last competitor's ski-tip caught the pole and somersaulted into the soft snow.
Since modifying phrase has 'her', the main clause should refer to 'her' and so, it has to be noun and not a possessive.

B. the ski-tip of the last competitor caught the pole and somersaulted in the soft snow.
'her' cannot be the corresponding pronoun for 'ski-tip'

C. the last competitor caught the pole with the tip of her ski, and somersaulted into the soft snow.
Looks fine. Causal relationship looks good too.

D. the last competitor caught the pole with her ski-tip, which made her somersault into the soft snow.
which never refers to an idea or an action. It always is preceded by a noun/noun phrase.

E. the last competitor somersaulted into the soft snow when the tip of her ski was caught by the pole.
'caught by the pole' sounds awkward. Causal relationship is wrong. She somersaulted because tip of her ski was caught. She didn't somersault when the tip of her ski was caught.
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12 Jul 2014, 08:47
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C implies that last competitor intentionally caught the pole and somersaulted in the soft snow. Do you think someone really prefer to somersault, specially if context of the sentence describe some sort of accident.
Further, what that comma before and is doing in C. Though E is in passive voice IMO E is the best among all.

I have checked other forums as well; its OA is debatable, and it is not a good question overall.
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Updated on: 12 Jul 2014, 12:53
I am E) as well on this.

In C), it says 2 things happened which are independent to each other:
the last competitor
*caught the pole with the tip of her ski
*somersaulted into the soft snow.

Whereas, the meaning suggests that the first caused the second to happen. Therefore, C) doesn't look to be correct.

Originally posted by kinghyts on 12 Jul 2014, 09:33.
Last edited by kinghyts on 12 Jul 2014, 12:53, edited 1 time in total.
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12 Jul 2014, 10:52
I think C is the credited response for this question. As if the competitor was trying to keep her balance then she would first catch the pole and then somersault. I maybe wrong but this made sense to me, so I choose C.

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21 Jul 2014, 07:10
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Trying to keep her balance on the icy surface, the last competitor's ski-tip caught the pole and somersaulted into the soft snow.

A. the last competitor's ski-tip caught the pole and somersaulted into the soft snow.
Since modifying phrase has 'her', the main clause should refer to 'her' and so, it has to be noun and not a possessive.

B. the ski-tip of the last competitor caught the pole and somersaulted in the soft snow.
'her' cannot be the corresponding pronoun for 'ski-tip'

C. the last competitor caught the pole with the tip of her ski, and somersaulted into the soft snow.
Looks fine. Causal relationship looks good too.

D. the last competitor caught the pole with her ski-tip, which made her somersault into the soft snow.
which never refers to an idea or an action. It always is preceded by a noun/noun phrase.

E. the last competitor somersaulted into the soft snow when the tip of her ski was caught by the pole.
'caught by the pole' sounds awkward. Causal relationship is wrong. She somersaulted because tip of her ski was caught. She didn't somersault when the tip of her ski was caught.

Infact the very causal relationship makes option E all right. After all no one wants to intentionally somersault on the soft snow.
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21 Jul 2017, 07:51
Dears, Could you pls advise whether the "comma" before "and" in C is correct? As per SC of Manhattan, comma + and can't be used to connect two verbs. Tks
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