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While Columbus is generally cited as the European who "discovered" America, thinking that he was in East Asia, and it was Amerigo Vespucci correctly deducing that the New World was a landmass previously unknown to the Europeans.

A) thinking that he was in East Asia, and it was Amerigo Vespucci correctly deducing
B) he thought that he was in East Asia, and it was Amerigo Vespucci who correctly deduced
C) he thought that he was in East Asia, instead of Amerigo Vespucci who correctly deduced
D) thinking that he was in East Asia, but Amerigo Vespucci correctly deduced
E) in East Asia according to his thought, and Amerigo Vespucci correctly deduced

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thinking that he was in East Asia, and it was Amerigo Vespucci correctly deducing---incorrect, there is no IC before and to join and make parallelism
B) he thought that he was in East Asia, and it was Amerigo Vespucci who correctly deduced---Correct and parallel
C) he thought that he was in East Asia, instead of Amerigo Vespucci who correctly deduced---parallelism issue
D) thinking that he was in East Asia, but Amerigo Vespucci correctly deduced---while and but together ...no IC
E) in East Asia according to his thought, and Amerigo Vespucci correctly deduced---incorrect parallelism and no IC prior and

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While Columbus is generally cited as the European who "discovered" America, thinking that he was in East Asia, and it was Amerigo Vespucci correctly deducing that the New World was a landmass previously unknown to the Europeans.

A) thinking that he was in East Asia, and it was Amerigo Vespucci correctly deducing
B) he thought that he was in East Asia, and it was Amerigo Vespucci who correctly deduced
C) he thought that he was in East Asia, instead of Amerigo Vespucci who correctly deduced
D) thinking that he was in East Asia, but Amerigo Vespucci correctly deduced
E) in East Asia according to his thought, and Amerigo Vespucci correctly deduced



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Official explanation from Magoosh:

Split #1:

all choices begin with the "while" clause, and then four of the five have a phrase or clause, then a conjunction ("and" or "but"), and another independent clause. Since the "while" clause is a subordinate clause, and since the conjunction must join two independent clauses, what begins the underlined section in these choices must also be an independent clause. Let's look at these:

(A) thinking that he was in East Asia = NOT an independent clause

(B) he thought that he was in East Asia = YES, an independent clause

(C) [different structure]

(D) thinking that he was in East Asia = NOT an independent clause

(E) in East Asia according to his thought = NOT an independent clause

Right away, we can eliminate choices (A), (D), and (E).

Split #2: illogical comparison.

Choice (C) uses the comparative structure "instead of Amerigo Vespucci." Logically, we know that the comparison is with Columbus, but that is not clear grammatically, because the "instead of" phrase is nowhere close to the mention of Columbus. The juxtaposition "he was in East Asia, instead of Amerigo Vespucci" illogical suggests that Amerigo Vespucci was a place in contrast to East Asia. Choice (C) is incorrect.

The only possible answer is (B), which makes effective and perfectly appropriate use of the emphatic structure.
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