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The great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination in a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich.

A. The great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination in a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich.
B. In a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway accounted for a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.
C. To the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote a letter, being an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.
D. In a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.
E. Writing a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway accounted for a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.

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The great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination in a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich.

A. The great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination in a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich.
B. In a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway accounted for a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.
C. To the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote a letter, being an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.
D. In a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.
E. Writing a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway accounted for a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.


The challenge here is to place the prepositional phrase in the letter correctly.

A. The Broadway act seems to happen in the letter itself.

B. Wrong usage of idiom: The idiom accounted for means to be the cause of.

C. The participle being wrongly refers to the subject Ernest Hemingway.

D. Correct. Fixes all the problems above: Placement of the prepositional phrase at the beginning of the sentence makes the meaning clear.

E. Wrong usage of idiom: The idiom accounted for means to be the cause of.


Answer: D
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I feel the construction -- "actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer" gives kind of impression that the great writer is modifying Marlene Dietrich and the explanation for choice A is not complete.
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I feel the construction -- "actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer" gives kind of impression that the great writer is modifying Marlene Dietrich and the explanation for choice A is not complete.


If you concentrate only on a part of a sentence in isolation, then you will tend to make wrong judgements - one effective technique to tackle tough SC questions is to understand the structure of the sentence as a whole (which is the main clause, which is the subject, which the main verb, which are the independent clauses which are the modifiers etc.).

If there were a comma after "the great writer", then your point could be valid. In this sentence the main clause of this sentence is the great writer ... wrote..., in which the great writer is the subject and wrote is the verb. Consider the sentence:

In a letter to him, I wrote about..... Would you say I is a modifier of him?
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In a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.

In a letter ..... , Ernest Hemingway,the great writer of the 20th century, wrote......

would the above one be more correct?? I lost interest in D the moment I saw "the great writer followed by first part of sentence "
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In a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.

In a letter ..... , Ernest Hemingway,the great writer of the 20th century, wrote......

would the above one be more correct?? I lost interest in D the moment I saw "the great writer followed by first part of sentence "


Option D and your variation both are alright. Option D uses a direct adjective phrase, whereas you have used the same as a modifier.
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The great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination in a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich.

A. The great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination in a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich.
B. In a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway accounted for a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.
C. To the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote a letter, being an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.
D. In a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway wrote an account of a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.
E. Writing a letter to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, the great writer of the 20th century Ernest Hemingway accounted for a bizarre Broadway act from his own imagination.


Can you kindly explain the option choice in a more elaborate way. I am stuck between option A & D. I could not find any of difference between the two and choose A. Thanx

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Quality of question is ok, but explanation is not at all good, more than questions, explanations are difficult to understand.
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