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Project SC Butler: Day 83: Sentence Correction (SC1)

Working to support their families and pay off their homes, it is unfortunate that many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, in which they agonize over making minimum payments and witness their monthly fees rise astronomically.

(A) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, it is unfortunate that many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, in which they agonize over making minimum payments and witness their monthly fees rise astronomically.

(B) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, agonize over making minimum payments and witnessing their monthly fees rise astronomically.

(C) Despite their work to support their families and pay off their homes, it is unfortunate that many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, in which they agonize over making minimum payments and witness their monthly fees rise astronomically.

(D) Unfortunately to agonize over making minimum payments and to witness their monthly fees rise astronomically, many people who are working to support their families and pay off their homes become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies.

(E) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, agonizing over making minimum payments and witnessing their monthly fees rise astronomically.

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(A) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, it is unfortunate that many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, in which they agonize over making minimum payments and witness their monthly fees rise astronomically. -- wrong: "working to support their families and pay off their homes" should be modifying "many people"

(B) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, agonize over making minimum payments and witnessing their monthly fees rise astronomically. -- wrong; lack of parallelism between agonize and witnessing. Also fails to associate agonizing their making minimum payments and witnessing their monthly fees rise as examples of people's struggle with their credit card companies.

(C) Despite their work to support their families and pay off their homes, it is unfortunate that many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, in which they agonize over making minimum payments and witness their monthly fees rise astronomically. -- wrong: "despite their work to support their families and pay off their homes" should be modifying "many people"

(D) Unfortunately to agonize over making minimum payments and to witness their monthly fees rise astronomically, many people who are working to support their families and pay off their homes become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies. -- wrong: the placement of unfortunately in the front changes the meaning of the sentence.

(E) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, agonizing over making minimum payments and witnessing their monthly fees rise astronomically. -- correct: "Working to support their families and pay off their homes" properly modifies "many people", correct parallelism between "agonizing" and "witnessing", and "agonizing..." and "witnessing..." is properly associated as examples of what people embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies are experiencing.
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28 Jan 2019, 19:14
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sudarshan22 wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 83: Sentence Correction (SC1)

Working to support their families and pay off their homes, it is unfortunate that many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, in which they agonize over making minimum payments and witness their monthly fees rise astronomically.

Meaning analysis: first and foremost
Due to original sentence structure mess it is little difficult, but we can infer below:
Many people are working to support their families and pay off their homes. Then they tangled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, because theay are taking credits again to support their families. As a result 1. they agonize over making minimum payments 2. witness their monthly fees rise astronomically

Error analysis:
we have opening modifier "working to" whoever is working must be followed after the comma. we have "it is" seems placeholder, but it is wrong, we need "many people" after the comma. "in which" implies that people agonize and witness in this credit companies.

POE

(A) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, it is unfortunate that many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, in which they agonize over making minimum payments and witness their monthly fees rise astronomically.
(we can eliminate this answer just because of opening modifier)

(B) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, agonize over making minimum payments and witnessing their monthly fees rise astronomically.
(this answer corrects all mistakes from the original sentence, but introduces new //sim error)

(C) Despite their work to support their families and pay off their homes, it is unfortunate that many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, in which they agonize over making minimum payments and witness their monthly fees rise astronomically.
("despite" introduces contrast, but we don't have any contrast, "their" after the comma must be followed by "many people", "in which" is wrong)

(D) Unfortunately to agonize over making minimum payments and to witness their monthly fees rise astronomically, many people who are working to support their families and pay off their homes become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies.
(Unfortunately - changes intended meaning of the sentence)

(E) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, agonizing over making minimum payments and witnessing their monthly fees rise astronomically.
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Official Explanation :

The beginning phrase should modify many people, which means that the latter should not come right after the former. Therefore eliminate (A) and (C).

Choice (B) introduces parallelism error(agonize is not the same format as witnessing).

In (D), the verb choice (to agonize and to witness) does not compliment the rest of the sentence making it a fragment.

Choice (E) fixes the modifier error and is the correct answer.
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29 Jan 2019, 08:05
Mariaaa wrote:
(A) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, it is unfortunate that many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, in which they agonize over making minimum payments and witness their monthly fees rise astronomically. -- wrong: "working to support their families and pay off their homes" should be modifying "many people"

''Working to support their families and pay off their homes'' is a modifier that should modify ''many people'', hence the modifier is not placed closer to the noun it modifies option A is incorrect

sudarshan22 wrote:
(B) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, agonize over making minimum payments and witnessing their monthly fees rise astronomically.

Modifier error is removed but ''agonize'' and ''witnessing'', joined by co-ordinating conjunction ''and'', are not parallel. Hence incorrect

sudarshan22 wrote:
(C) Despite their work to support their families and pay off their homes, it is unfortunate that many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, in which they agonize over making minimum payments and witness their monthly fees rise astronomically.

''Despite their work to support their families and pay off their homes,'' is modifier that should modify ''many people''. SInce it is not placed closer to the noun it modifies, option C is incorrect

sudarshan22 wrote:
(D) Unfortunately to agonize over making minimum payments and to witness their monthly fees rise astronomically, many people who are working to support their families and pay off their homes become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies.

''Unfortunately to agonize'' is incorrect. Many people getting embroiled in a struggle with credit card companies is unfortunate. Agonizing over making payments is not unfortunate.

sudarshan22 wrote:
(E) Working to support their families and pay off their homes, many people become embroiled in a constant struggle with their credit card companies, agonizing over making minimum payments and witnessing their monthly fees rise astronomically.

''The modifier ''Working to support their families and pay off their homes'' correctly modifies the noun ''many people''. ALso ''agonizing...'' is a present participle that presents the result of many people getting embroiled in a struggle

Hence E
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