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A pioneer journalist, Nellie Bly's exploits included circling the globe faster than Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg
A A pioneer journalist, Nellie Bly's exploits included
B The exploits of Nellie Bly, a pioneer journalist, included
C Nellie Bly was a pioneer journalist, included
D Included in the pioneer journalist Nellie Bly's exploits are
E The pioneer journalist's exploits of Nellie Bly included

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Solution

Sentence Analysis

The sentence says that Nellie Bly was a pioneer journalist and that his exploits included circling the globe faster than a fictional character.

The error in the sentence is that the beginning modifier ?a pioneer journalist? illogically modifies the following noun "exploits"; it cannot modify "Nellie Bly" since "Nellie Bly" is acting not as a noun but as an adjective to "exploits".

Option Analysis

(A) Incorrect . For the error mentioned above.

(B) Correct . In this option, "a pioneer journalist" correctly modifies ?Nellie Bly?.

(C) Incorrect . For the following reasons:

  1. The verb-ing modifier "including" modifies the preceding clause. However, it is not presenting any natural consequence of the fact that she was a pioneer journalist.
  2. The use of the article "the" before the gerund "circling the globe" is incorrect.

(D) Incorrect . This option is in inverted sentence structure. Converting it into regular structure, we get:

Circling the globe faster than Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg are included in the pioneer journalist Nellie Bly's exploits.

We can see that the sentence has a singular subject "circling" and a plural verb "are".

(E) Incorrect . Nellie Bly herself was the pioneer journalist. "The pioneer journalist?s exploits of Nellie Bly" doesn?t make any sense.

answered Jun 10, 2017 by Beginner (1 point)
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