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Sentence Correction: Preposition Questions - Split Constructions

The problem with many hierarchy-based spiritual teachings is that most spiritual seekers tend to look or admire their mentors solely based on an alleged state of enlightenment the mentor has attained without applying critical judgement.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect.

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Although this answer choice does not solve stylistic issues addressed by one of the other answer choices, it is the only one that corrects the original Split Construction mistake.

This answer choice repeats the original mistake.

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In addition, this answer choice creates a Subject Verb Agreement mistake. The singularsubject mentor does not agree with the pluralverb have.

Did you notice the word has was changed to have?

This answer choice repeats the original mistake.

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In addition, replacing the words an alleged state with alleged states changes the meaning of the original sentence.

Although it is the most concise answer choice, this answer choice repeats the original mistake.

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It is essential to notice the small changes of course. But you must also ask yourself why such changes exist. Does a change affect the sentence in terms of grammar? of style? of meaning or logic?

most spiritual seekers tend to look or admire their mentors solely based on an alleged state of enlightenment the mentor has attained without applying critical judgement
most spiritual seekers tend to look up to or admire their mentors solely based on an alleged state of enlightenment the mentor has attained without applying critical judgement
most spiritual seekers tend to look or admire their mentors solely based on an alleged state of enlightenment the mentor have attained without applying critical judgement
most spiritual seekers tend to look or admire their mentors solely based on the mentor's alleged state of enlightenment without applying critical judgement
most spiritual seekers tend to look or admire their mentors based solely on alleged states of enlightenment the mentor has attained without applying critical judgement
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