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# While Paul Revere rode from Lexington to Concord on

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Project SC Butler: Day 108 Sentence Correction (SC1)

While Paul Revere rode from Lexington to Concord on the last leg of his famous Journey, John Hancock and Sam Adams, wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, had escaped Lexington on foot.

A) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, had escaped Lexington on

B) who were wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, had escaped Lexington on

C) they were wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, escaped Lexington on

D) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, escaped Lexington on

E) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British Monarchy, having escaped Lexington on

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22 Feb 2019, 19:19
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I am almost sure it’s D. A & B unnecessarily trying to to introduce past perfect ( while ‘while’ shows simultaneous actions). In E ‘having escaped’ makes no sense. In C two independent clauses were joined with a comma.
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22 Feb 2019, 19:30
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Answer is D as simple past is used correctly here .

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22 Feb 2019, 23:03
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generis wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 108 Sentence Correction (SC1)

While Paul Revere rode from Lexington to Concord on the last leg of his famous Journey, John Hancock and Sam Adams, wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, had escaped Lexington on foot.

A) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, had escaped Lexington on

B) who were wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, had escaped Lexington on

C) they were wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, escaped Lexington on

D) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, escaped Lexington on

E) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British Monarchy, having escaped Lexington on

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I got D also. Lets see if I'm right.

A) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, had escaped Lexington on I think everyone can agree that the past perfect here is not correct. the events were happening simultaneously and a timeline cannot be created.

B) who were wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, had escaped Lexington on Theres that crazy past perfect stuff again

C) they were wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, escaped Lexington on The added pronoun "They", directly after the subject, here is incorrect.

D) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, escaped Lexington on I see nothing wrong with this guy

E) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British Monarchy, having escaped Lexington on Having escaped here is clearly incorrect.
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23 Feb 2019, 18:59
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generis wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 108 Sentence Correction (SC1)

While Paul Revere rode from Lexington to Concord on the last leg of his famous Journey, John Hancock and Sam Adams, wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, had escaped Lexington on foot.

A) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, had escaped Lexington on

B) who were wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, had escaped Lexington on

C) they were wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, escaped Lexington on

D) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, escaped Lexington on

E) wanted for their treacherous comments against the British Monarchy, having escaped Lexington on

MY ANALYSIS / OFFICIAL EXPLANATION
Instances in which I paraphrase the source are in regular black typeface.
My analysis is in blue typeface.

The key to this question is to understand that while means at the same time.

While in this context means simultaneously.
Two events happened at the same time.
While A did X, C and D did Y.

Split #1: both verbs should be in simple past tense

Two events or actions that happen simultaneously
should be in the same verb tense.

If the first event is in simple past tense, then
-- we should not use past perfect (had + past participle, that is, had + escaped)
-- we should not use the perfect participle construction (having + past participle, that is having + escaped)

We must use simple past for the second verb because
Paul Revere rode is in the non-underlined portion of the sentence.
The other verb should be escaped.

While
-- Paul Revere rode,
-- John Hancock and Sam Adams escaped

Eliminate A, B, and E

Split #2: incorrect insertion of they were

Option C correctly uses escaped, but insertion of they were creates a
nonsensical sentence.

(C) While Paul Revere rode from Lexington to Concord on the last leg of his famous Journey,
John Hancock and Sam Adams,
they were wanted for their treacherous comments against the British monarchy, escaped Lexington on foot.

-- John Hancock and Sam Adams are "stranded"; their verb, escaped, is on the other side of a full independent clause
-- the words "they were" are unnecessary, changing the modifier phrase into a bizarre sentence that incorrectly interrupts the other sentence

Eliminate C.

The correct answer is D.

MWithrock and kumarankitabes , welcome! u1983 , good to see you.

This question is not easy.

Smiley faces to kumarankitabes and u1983 , and kudos to MWithrock for best answer (yes, you were right ). Well done.
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23 Feb 2019, 19:08
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generis wrote:
u1983 , good to see you.

Thanks a bunch generis ......still trying to improve on SC skills ( it seems it will take a whole life time !! )
Next time I will be shooting for 'thunbs up' sign ..... instead of the 'smiley face' ..... he he he he.

On serious note ... I really liked the Question.
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