ACT English 4.8 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill Drill 4, Problem 8. Which choice indicates the best way to organize this sentence?
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The underlined portion is having a tough time connecting its modifiers with the things
they’re trying to describe.
The phrase “Called the Fortune III” is placed directly before the noun Yong Lee.
This makes it sound like Mr. Lee was also called the Fortune III, when this was actually
the name of his amazing fortune cookie machine.
Choice (D) doesn’t make the cut either. Here, the phrase “in 1980” separates the
cookie machine from the phrase that’s trying to tell us its name.
To avoid confusion, the modifier has to be as close as possible to the item it’s trying to modify.
Option (B) does succeed in making some of its modifiers clear.
Ultimately, though, (B) can be eliminated because the sentence is a comma splice.
“Yong Lee, in 1980, created the first fully automated fortune cookie machine”...
“it was called the Fortune III”...
are both independent.
They each have a subject and verb, and can stand on their own as a complete sentence.
If we wanted to squish them together into one sentence, we’d have to connect them with a semicolon.
Choice (C) does it all right. The phrase "called the Fortune III" is placed directly after
"fortune cookie machine," and there’s no comma splice to be seen.
(C) is the correct answer.