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They held a dinner party to mark the occasion of their fortieth wedding anniversary.

Which is the closest sentence to the sentence given above?

A) The dinner party they gave was to commemorate
forty years of marriage.
B) They have been married for forty years and the
dinner party is by way of celebration.
C) When they have been married for forty years,
they will give a dinner party to celebrate the fact.
D) At the dinner party, everyone congratulated
them on forty years of marriage.
E) They have been married for forty years and a
dinner party was held in their honour.


I think A, you?
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dimsumexpressIt's a play of words. A and E are both possible in my opinion.

I think I get your point, but how likely is it, really, that they and theirare not coreferential? Not very, in my opinion. I think the constructors of the test would have added something more to indicate that if it were intended. I'd be willing to bet that 'they' held the party for themselves! (I would have!) Emotion: smile

CJ
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Definitely A.
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It's a play of words. A and E are both possible in my opinion.
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Uh! What was I thinking? Somehow I had the perception that "they" was referred to as their close friends who held a party for them...Ok, I got it. Thanks[Y]
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I think A is the more "correct" one, if you will.

E just has way too much wordage, too verbose, but that's just my opinion. Go for A.