ACT English 3.3 Sentence Structure
ACT English: Sentence Structure Drill 3, Problem 3. Which choice indicates the proper placement for "remaining" in this sentence?
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This one has a bad case of a modifier-gone- wild.
We can tell because the main difference between our four answer choices is the placement of
the adjective "remaining."
So we know it's our job to figure out exactly where this rogue modifier is supposed to go.
A quick logic check helps us eliminate choice (A). The original sentence makes "remaining"
modify "left hand."
This would imply that the "early weavers" had more than one left hand, since the only
way there could be a "remaining" left hand is if there was another left hand in the mix.
Therefore we're feeling pretty good about nixing choice (A).
Choice (D) places "remaining" before "loom." The logic doesn't check out here either. This
would imply that these early weavers were operating more than one loom at a time.
Choice (D) is officially eliminated.
Choice (B) garbles the sentence so badly it's kinda hard to tell what it's trying to do.
This would be wrong for the same reason as (A). We're positive by this point that the
"left hand" is not the thing that's "remaining," so we can get (B) out of our hair.
(C) gets it right by using "remaining" to modify "shuttles."
The first half of the sentence tells us that the one shuttle is in the right hand, and
so what is "remaining" must be the shuttles that the left hand is supposed to operate.
Okay, now wave good-bye with all of your hands.