English

Sailors are said to catch albatrosses with baited hooks let down into the ship’s wake. To kill the albatross was thought to be bad luck, so they were released immediately.

a.  Sailors are said to catch albatrosses with baited hooks and let them down into the ship’s wake, then release them again, for to kill the albatross was thought to be bad luck.
b. With baited hooks let down into the ship’s wake, sailors are said to catch albatrosses then release them again, so to kill the albatross was thought to be bad luck.
c. Sailors are said to catch albatrosses with baited hooks let down into the ship’s wake, then release them again, or to kill the albatross was thought to be bad luck.
d. To kill the albatross was thought to be bad luck, so sailors are said to catch albatrosses with baited hooks let down into the ship’s wake, only to release them immediately
  1. a. The conjunction for in this sentence means because and prepares the reader for a logical causal relationship. Choice d is a run-on sentence.

Test ID: 415
Source: 501 Grammar and Writing Questions