In 2004, resulting from the destruction caused by the largest tsunami of the modern era in the Indian Ocean, the entire world rallied in support of the devastated region and helped recovery efforts in the area.


 (A) resulting from the destruction caused by the largest tsunami of the modern era in the Indian Ocean
 (B) the destruction caused by the largest tsunami of the modern era in the Indian Ocean resulted and
 (C) because of the result of the destruction caused by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the largest of the modern era
 (D) as a result of the destruction caused by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the largest of the modern era
CORRECT  (E) as a result of the destruction caused by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, which was the largest tsunami of the modern era
Identify
Modifiers

Spot: The descriptive phrase "resulting...Ocean," which is set off by commas, indicates that modifiers are being tested.

Rules
Rule: No ambiguity can exist as to what the modifier is supposed to modify. Thus, a [[modifier]] is typically placed as close as possible to the thing it modifies.

Here, it it unclear whether this 2004 tsunami was the "largest of the modern era" overall, or merely the largest Indian Ocean tsunami of the modern era. Because the the modifying phrase is unclear (and misplaced), it must be incorrect.

POE

Eliminate all answer choices that commit a similar error by not providing the proper modifiers for "the largest tsunami". This eliminates A and B.

Compare Remaining Choices
Compare C to D.
C is redundant, since both "because" and "result" accomplish the same grammatical effect. Eliminate C.

Compare D to E.
D uses a modifying phrase that implies that the "Indian Ocean" was "the largest tsunami of the modern era." Choice E uses a modifier that is clear by including a reference to the tsunami itself. Eliminate D.


Reread and Choose
Choose E.



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