The defense lawyer and witnesses portrayed the accused as a victim of circumstance, his life uprooted by the media

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The defense lawyer and witnesses portrayed the accused as a victim of circumstance, his life uprooted by the media pressure to punish someone in the case.

(A) circumstance, his life

(B) circumstance, and his life

(C) circumstance, and his life being

(D) circumstance; his life

(E) circumstance: his life being


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Option A - Correct
This option uses the noun modifier 'uprooted' to suitably give additional information about the witness's life.

Option B - Incorrect
This is incorrect because of the use of the conjunction 'and' before a dependent clause which has changed the message the author is trying to pass across.

Option C - Incorrect
This is incorrect because of the addition of the verb 'being' (which is used to describe an action that is going on not a state).

Option D - Incorrect
There's no active verb in the sentence after the colon. Hence, this option is incorrect.

Option E - Incorrect
Colons are used for making a list or to list things. in this case, the author tried to make a list but gave more information about the accused person.