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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.  

The Vikings used their well-known longships to travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River, and as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland, this was a period of expansion known as the Viking Age.

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Choice (E) is correct. It avoids the comma splice error of the original by replacing the second independent clause with a modifying phrase (“during a period of expansion known as the Viking Age”).

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