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With just a few quick slashes of the sword, her opponents were

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With just a few quick slashes of the sword, her opponents were defeated by the fencer, capitalizing on their slowness.

(A) her opponents were defeated by the fencer, capitalizing on their slowness

(B) the fencer defeated her opponents, capitalizing on their slowness

(C) the fencer capitalized on the slowness of her opponents, defeating them

(D) the fencer defeated her opponents and also capitalized on their slowness

(E) her opponents and their slowness were defeated by the fencer

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With just a few quick slashes of the sword, her opponents were defeated by the fencer, capitalizing on their slowness.

(A) her opponents were defeated by the fencer, capitalizing on their slowness -wrong modifier

(B) the fencer defeated her opponents, capitalizing on their slowness -Correct

(C) the fencer capitalized on the slowness of her opponents, defeating them -wrong modifier

(D) the fencer defeated her opponents and also capitalized on their slowness - The fencer defeated the opponent using opponents slowness .The sentence equates the two rather than one affecting other.

(E) her opponents and their slowness were defeated by the fencer - same as D.

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Subject comma rule:
If no subject has been introduced before a comma, the sentence should follow by the subject. Eliminate A and E
Among the rest B makes most sense.

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Harshgmat wrote:
With just a few quick slashes of the sword, her opponents were defeated by the fencer, capitalizing on their slowness.

(A) her opponents were defeated by the fencer, capitalizing on their slowness

(B) the fencer defeated her opponents, capitalizing on their slowness

(C) the fencer capitalized on the slowness of her opponents, defeating them

(D) the fencer defeated her opponents and also capitalized on their slowness

(E) her opponents and their slowness were defeated by the fencer



With just a few quick slashes of the sword
should modify the fencer A and E are out
D is incorrect because the fencer defeated by capitalizing on the slowness not doing both parallelly
between b and c , b conveys the meaning correctly
imo - b
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A and E are passive. This question also has to do with order of relevance. What is the most important thing the fencer did? She defeated her opponents. That should be mentioned before the fact that she capitalized on their slowness. Eliminate C. B may not appear to be parallel but it is more efficient than D. It describes how she defeated her opponents. This is the intention of the sentence rather than listing a series of activities the fencer did. A list would require parallel structure. Choice B is the correct answer.
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Harshgmat wrote:
With just a few quick slashes of the sword, her opponents were defeated by the fencer, capitalizing on their slowness.

(A) her opponents were defeated by the fencer, capitalizing on their slowness

(B) the fencer defeated her opponents, capitalizing on their slowness

(C) the fencer capitalized on the slowness of her opponents, defeating them

(D) the fencer defeated her opponents and also capitalized on their slowness

(E) her opponents and their slowness were defeated by the fencer


The highlighted part must modify what comes after it, hence (A) and (E) can be negated, errors in other options highlighted in red , correct Answer must be (B)
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