Written early in the French Revolution, Mary Wollstonecraft’s

Question

Written early in the French Revolution, Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Man (1790) and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) attributed Europe’s social and political ills to be the result of the dominance of aristocratic values and patriarchal hereditary privilege.

Option A
Option B
Option C
Option D
Option E

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Solution

Sentence Analysis

  • Written early in the French Revolution, (Verb-ed modifier modifying the subject of the main clause)
  • Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Man (1790) (First part of the Main Subject)
  • and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) (Second Part of the Main Subject)
    • attributed Europe’s social and political ills to be the result of the dominance of (Main verb – “attributed”)
      • aristocratic values
      • and patriarchal hereditary privilege.

The sentence talks about two works of MW. These two works were written in the French revolution, and they say that the dominance of aristocratic values and patriarchal hereditary privilege was the cause of Europe’s social and political ills.

The sentence has one error: it uses an incorrect version (attribute x to be the result of y) of the correct idiom “attribute X to Y”. To learn more about this idiom, follow this link.

Option Analysis

(A) Incorrect. For the error mentioned above.

(B) Incorrect. “attribute x to result from y” is non-idiomatic.

(C) Correct. This option uses the correct idiom “attribute x to y”.

(D) Incorrect. For the following reasons:

  1. The verb-ed modifier “written” modifies the noun Mary Wollstonecraft (the two works appear in a prepositional phrase and thus cannot be modified by a beginning verb-ed modifier). Thus, this option creates an illogical meaning that MW was written!!
  2. “attribute x to have been result of y” is non-idiomatic.

(E) Incorrect. Error no. 1 of option D.

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