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(C) When the Declaration of Sentiments drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton was adopted at the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention in 1848, a call for female enfranchisement had been included in it.

I like the modifiers in this one, but the verb tenses don’t quite work. The word “when” suggests that two actions happened at the same time, but that’s not reflected in the verb tenses: “When the Declaration of Sentiments… was adopted…, a call for female enfranchisement had been included in it.” That doesn’t make sense: if we’re using “when”, the tenses would have to be the same. Eliminate (C).


First, "if we’re using “when”, the tenses would have to be the same." Are you sure? Don't we always say, "When we arrived at the theater, the movie had already begun." Is "when" prohibited in past perfect tense?

Second, in C. "When the Declaration of Sentiments drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton was adopted at the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention in 1848", isn't the sequence of action much better than E, after all the Declaration should be drafted first and adopted later? And hence, "When the Declaration ... drafted by ... was adopted at ..." sounds much more logical than the wording in E.
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Isn't there a problem with E?. Doesn't it miss a semicolon? Two independent clauses should be separated by a semicolon and not a comma?
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A. Tense error. Incorrect/misplaced modifier
B. Incorrect modifier
C. Wrong meaning. (She included 'the call' while the draft was adopted)
D. Wrong meaning. ( they adopted the call not the draft itself)

Hence E

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Isn't there a problem with E?. Doesn't it miss a semicolon? Two independent clauses should be separated by a semicolon and not a comma?

Technically speaking, there's never a problem with the OA, right? :)

The first clause in the sentence isn't independent because of the "when." Take a simple example: "Tim ate pancakes." Perfectly honorable independent clause. But "When Tim ate pancakes," is not independent - you can probably feel that the construction is incomplete, that the writer is withholding something important. The reason is that the "when" communicates that another action is happening at the same time, and we need that action in order to have a complete sentence. "When Tim ate pancakes, his soul left his body and smiled upon him from heaven." There's no semicolon here, and we don't need one, because we have one dependent clause beginning with "when" and one independent clause beginning with "his soul."

The takeaway: if a clause begins with a word like "when" or "although" that clause is not going to be independent. (If you're into terminology, those words are called "subordinating conjunctions." Also, "subordinating conjunctions" might make an excellent name for a rock band. Or maybe a polka band?)

I hope that helps!
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