English Question for Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Choose the best alternative for the underlined part 1.
A. NO CHANGE B. midwestern university then C. midwestern university D. university which was in the Midwest
The best answer is C, which concisely and clearly expresses the idea that the university the writer attended was in the Midwest. The other choices all contain defects of style. Choices A and D are both needlessly wordy; in addition, the confusing arrangement of relative clauses and prepositional phrases they contain oddly suggests that the university was "in the Midwest at the time"but may later have moved. Choice B is pointlessly redundant, because the word then and the phrase "at the time" mean the same thing here.