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# V03-20

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16 Sep 2014, 01:59
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Unlike Acanthus, whose wedding was sparsely attended being married in a low profile community church, Tom’s was attended by more than seven-hundred guests and his marriage’s location lies in a famous 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.

A. being married in a low profile community church, Tom’s was attended by more than seven hundred guests and held in a 15th century Odescalchi Castle which is famous and in Bracciano, Italy.
B. being married in a low profile community church, Tom’s wedding was attended by more than seven hundred guests and his marriage’s location lies in a famous 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.
C. and he was married in a low profile community church, Tom had a wedding attended by more than seven hundred guests and held in a famous 15th century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.
D. and who was married in a low profile community church, Tom’s wedding was attended by more than seven hundred guests and held in a famous 15th century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.
E. and who was married in a low profile community church, Tom had a wedding attended by more than seven hundred guests and held in a famous 15th century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.

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Unlike Acanthus, whose wedding was sparsely attended being married in a low profile community church, Tom’s was attended by more than seven-hundred guests and his marriage’s location lies in a famous 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.

A. being married in a low profile community church, Tom’s was attended by more than seven hundred guests and held in a 15th century Odescalchi Castle which is famous and in Bracciano, Italy.
B. being married in a low profile community church, Tom’s wedding was attended by more than seven hundred guests and his marriage’s location lies in a famous 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.
C. and he was married in a low profile community church, Tom had a wedding attended by more than seven hundred guests and held in a famous 15th century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.
D. and who was married in a low profile community church, Tom’s wedding was attended by more than seven hundred guests and held in a famous 15th century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.
E. and who was married in a low profile community church, Tom had a wedding attended by more than seven hundred guests and held in a famous 15th century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.

1. The subordinate clause “whose wedding was sparsely attended being married in a low profile community church” is grammatically awkward and ambiguous in meaning. Moreover, the sentence makes an illogical comparison between Acanthus and Tom’s wedding. Finally, the phrase “which is famous” is unnecessarily wordy and the construction “famous 15th century Odescalchi Castle “would be more appropriate.
2. Like (A), (B) also contains a grammatically awkward subordinate clause. Second, while the introduction of “wedding” makes the possessive “Tom’s” unambiguous, the sentence still illogically compares “Acanthus” to “Tom’s wedding.” Finally, this choice creates an awkward construction “and his marriage’s location lies…”; this can be clearly stated by “and held in…”
3. “Acanthus” is followed by two clauses, “whose wedding was sparsely attended” and “he was married in a low profile community church.” The second of these clauses is incorrect because it should be a subordinate clause modifying Acanthus, and should therefore start with "who was married"; second, it should be parallel to the first clause, and should therefore start with "who was married". Finally, it makes an illogical assertion - “Unlike Acanthus, he “Acanthus” was married….”.
4. This choice makes an illogical comparison between "Acanthus" and “Tom’s wedding.". This choice corrects the first subordinate clause error by introducing the clause as “who was married…”
5. Correct. “Acanthus” is modified by two subordinate clauses, “whose wedding was attended….” and “who was married ….,” each properly introduced by the relative pronouns “whose” and “who” respectively. In addition, “Acanthus” is now logically compared to “Tom.” Moreover, the later part of the underlined portion does not contain any wordiness or ambiguity.

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14 Apr 2016, 14:05
I think that the first "marriage" word of this statement is incorrectly and "funeral" could replace it. Like the explanation says
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14 Jul 2016, 04:49
I think this is a poor-quality question. There is some issue with question. The question uses terms wedding and married, whereas the explanation uses the terms as funeral and buried.

Seems like two questions mixed up.
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14 Jul 2016, 09:33
sahilmalhotra01 wrote:
I think this is a poor-quality question. There is some issue with question. The question uses terms wedding and married, whereas the explanation uses the terms as funeral and buried.

Seems like two questions mixed up.

Well, meaningwise these words are not very far from each other and it appears that the question writer's personal experience influenced his use of words. Nonetheless, your suggestion is taken and the explantion has been modified. Thank you for pointing out.
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01 Aug 2017, 00:05
I still confused between answers D and E.

If it is illogical to compare "Acanthus" and "Tom's wedding", how is by replacing the later with "Tom had a wedding" isn't a comparison?
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15 May 2018, 19:35
Oh boy...
Dear verbal experts, I am not convinced at all with your explanations between choices D and E. The only difference between them is in the phrase "wedding was attended..." and "had a wedding attended...". So, how does D become an illogical comparison???
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24 Jun 2018, 14:05
The comparison is illogical in D because you are comparing Acanthus, a PERSON, to a WEDDING. E corrects this as it compares Acanthus to Tom (Tom had a wedding, the direct comparison is Acanthus - Tom instead of Acanthus - Wedding as in D).
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