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    cybermob, taking advantage of their freedom of speech to pursue their so-called

    Even worse, a few may become a violent cybermob, taking advantage of their freedom of speech to pursue their so-called "justice."
    Which of the following options is the correct paraphrase of the above sentence?
    (A) Even worse, a few may become a violent cybermob, and they may take advantage of their freedom of speech to pursue their so-called "justice."
    (B) Even worse, a few may become a violent cybermob, who take advantage of their freedom of speech to pursue their so-called "justice."
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    Re: cybermob, taking advantage of their freedom of speech to pursue their so-called

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    b would work.
    a has tense changes so I'm not sure about it. They don't really seem really good paraphrases because only one word was changed.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Sep-2015 at 17:52. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    Re: cybermob, taking advantage of their freedom of speech to pursue their so-called

    IMO, the participle "taking advantage" modifying "cybermob" implies "certainty (who)" rather than "possibility (may)".
    Last edited by tedmc; 10-Sep-2015 at 11:43.
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    Re: cybermob, taking advantage of their freedom of speech to pursue their so-called

    In my humble opinion, the participle phrase 'taking advantage of their freedom ...' modifies 'a few' because of the plural possessive 'their', but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "taking advantage" modifying "cybermob"
    If that was the case, there should be no comma before 'taking'.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 10-Sep-2015 at 12:02.

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    Re: cybermob, taking advantage of their freedom of speech to pursue their so-called

    (B) has the same meaning for me- it expands on what happens if they become a cybermob. (A) introduces an element not in the original with the second may. They can cause a lot of trouble, but can a cybermob actually be violent?

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