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# Walter Mondale had a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 De

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Walter Mondale had a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, though he consolidated his lead for the nomination, but he won only 13 electoral votes in the general election

A Walter Mondale had a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, though he consolidated his lead for the nomination, but he won only

B Having had a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, Walter Mondale still consolidated the nomination lead, only winning

C After a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, Walter Mondale consolidated his lead for the nomination, but he won only

D A long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, Walter Mondale, consolidating his lead for the nomination, but he won only

E Walter Mondale had a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, consolidated his lead for the nomination, and only won

a similar question but different patterns, https://gmatclub.com/forum/after-a-long ... 96105.html
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Walter Mondale had a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, though he consolidated his lead for the nomination, but he won only 13 electoral votes in the general election

A Walter Mondale had a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, though he consolidated his lead for the nomination, but he won only- Though and But together are causing redundancy. Both though and but are used to present contrast.

B Having had a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, Walter Mondale still consolidated the nomination lead, only winning- Only winning is modifying Walter Mondale, but the usage is incorrect. "Winning" is neither presenting the How aspect nor providing cause and effect.

C After a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, Walter Mondale consolidated his lead for the nomination, but he won only- Correcto.!

D A long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, Walter Mondale, consolidating his lead for the nomination, but he won only- The opening modifier A long difficult struggle is modifying the noun " Walter Mondale". W.M is not a long difficult struggle.

E Walter Mondale had a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, consolidated his lead for the nomination, and only won- The contrast is lost in this sentence. The intended meaning was that even though W.M. consolidated his lead, He won only 13 elections
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Can you explain why C is correct?

IMO the answer should be A.
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Possible explanation Why Answer A is incorrect- 'After' expresses that something has already happened in the past and also first clause contains a time period (1984) which is again in past, so therefore usage of 'Had' creates ambiguity.

This is why I chose answer C.

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Can you explain why C is correct?

IMO the answer should be A.

Also though and but uses in the same way make it ambigous...

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17 May 2018, 15:18

MAGOOSH OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

A question about presidential hopeful Walter Mondale.

Split #1: position of the word "only." What should "only" modify? The quantity notable for its low number is the number of electoral votes, only 13. The word "only" should come at the end of the underlined section, immediately before this number. The choices (B) & (E) have "only winning" and "only won," as if winning were an activity less acceptable than something else. These are incorrect.

Beyond this split, the answers are different enough that each needs its own analysis.

(A) The double contrast in this one is awkward: [clause] though [clause] but [clause]. The events in the sentence do not warrant two major changes in logical direction such as this, so this choice is incorrect.

(B) In some ways, this is the opposite of (A) in that there's no logical contrast at all, as if all the facts of the sentence belong harmoniously together with no problem. This problem and the placement of the word "only" make this choice wrong.

(C) This choice is logically and grammatically correct. It is clear and direct. This is a promising choice.

(D) In the first half of this sentence, everything before the last comma, this sentence commits the famous missing verb mistake. The sentence has a long absolute phrase, then the noun "Walter Mondale," then a participial modifier, but this noun has no bonafide verb before the word "but" starts the second independent clause. This is incorrect.

(E) This choice commits the mistake of false parallelism, simply putting every verb willy-nilly into parallel regardless of their logical relationships. It also misplaces the word "only." This is incorrect.

The only possible answer is (C).
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