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With their ominous tone and unsettling depictions, Edward Gorey attracted a cult following with his illustrations.

A. Edward Gorey attracted a cult following with his illustrations
B. a cult following arose around Edward Gorey’s illustrations
C. Edward Gorey’s illustrations attracted a cult following
D. Edward Gorey was able to attract a cult following with his illustrations
E. a cult was attracted to the illustrations of Edward Gorey

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With their ominous tone and unsettling depictions, Edward Gorey attracted a cult following with his illustrations.

Here, "With their ominous tone and unsettling depictions" is a modifier. ideally, it should refer to a plural noun (the word "their" is the clue) right after the comma. A cult following or Edward Gorey cannot be the plural noun. Hence, Edward Gorey's illustrations in option B is the right choice.
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could you explain option A,C and D ? please
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could you explain option A,C and D ? please


The opening prepositional phrase contains the plural pronoun "their". Therefore it should ideally be followed by a plural subject. A and D are eliminated because of singular subjects "Edward Gorey" and "cult" respectively. C uses the correct plural subject "Edward Gorey’s illustrations".
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It will be really helpful if an explanation for the answer is provided.


The sentence begins with a modifying phrase which logically refers to Gorey’s illustrations, not the man himself. The noun being modified should be as close as possible to the modifying phrase. The only answer choice that satisfies this requirement is choice C.
Modifiers don’t always have to be in the beginning of the sentence, but they do have to be located next to the noun they modify.

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