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    Resumptive Modifier

    Since the l930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build airplanes with frictionless wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly that the air passing over them would not become turbulent.
    (A) wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly
    (B) wings, wings so smooth and so perfectly shaped
    (C) wings that are shaped so smooth and perfect
    (D) wings, shaped in such a smooth and perfect manner
    (E) wings, wings having been shaped smoothly and perfectly so

    It seems that this sentence depends on the resumptive modifier logic.. What is wrong with A and D? why is B preferred over A and D?

    Please enlighten this concept using this example:)

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    Re: Resumptive Modifier

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Since the l930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to build airplanes with frictionless wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly that the air passing over them would not become turbulent.
    (A) wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly
    (B) wings, wings so smooth and so perfectly shaped
    (C) wings that are shaped so smooth and perfect
    (D) wings, shaped in such a smooth and perfect manner
    (E) wings, wings having been shaped smoothly and perfectly so

    It seems that this sentence depends on the resumptive modifier logic.. What is wrong with A and D? why is B preferred over A and D?

    Please enlighten this concept using this example:)
    1. Nothing is wrong with A.
    2. Nothing is wrong with D.
    3. I believe that they are concerned that without repeating "wings', the reader might think that the following clause refers to "airplanes" instead.
    If the comma was removed, that very small doubt would be eliminated.

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    Re: Resumptive Modifier

    thank you:)

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