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Writing > Improving Sentences

Part or all of the following sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Select the option that produces the best sentence. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A.  

Enrico Caruso sang opera in Italy before traveling to the United States, then he gave his first performance at the Metropolitan Opera in November 1903.

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Choice (E) is correct. It avoids the error of the original by using the appropriate pronoun “where” to indicate that the “United States” was where Caruso gave “his first performance at the Metropolitan Opera.”

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