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According to a recent study linking high social standing to a habitually stern facial expression, models who do not smile adequately in magazine advertisements give an impression of status and exclusivity, even if they are not wealthy or influential themselves.
D it is the models, in magazine advertisements, who do not smile and adequately give an impression

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20 Nov 2010, 11:37
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According to a recent study linking high social standing to a habitually stern facial expression, models who do not smile adequately in magazine advertisements give an impression of status and exclusivity, even if they are not wealthy or influential themselves.
D it is the models, in magazine advertisements, who do not smile and adequately give an impression

Is (C) really the correct answer? There are two major problems with it that made me immediately eliminate it from consideration. (E) is the only choice that fixes both issues.

"adequately" is an adverb, so it must modify a verb, adjective or other adverb. In this sentence, "adequately" is modifying "smile"; in other words, the sentence is saying "models who don't smile enough..."

Since "adequately" is modifying "smile", it should be placed as closely to smile as possible. In (C) the placement of "adequately isn't ideal".

Further, the pronoun "they" could refer to either the models or the advertisements. In (C), "they" is closer to "advertisements", changing the meaning of the sentence (and making it non-sensical). In (E) the plural noun immediately preceding "they" is "models", which makes sense.

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20 Nov 2010, 11:59
Hi stuart what is wrong with A?

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20 Nov 2010, 12:09
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Hi stuart what is wrong with A?

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(A) has the same pronoun ambiguity problem as (C) - "they" is closer to "advertisements" than "models".
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20 Nov 2010, 12:16
IMO,

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20 Nov 2010, 12:27
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IMO,

A fundamental principle of sentence correction is that we must choose an answer that doesn't change the author's intended meaning. Unless the original sentence is nonsensical, we should preserve its meaning.

You're correct that in (C), the placement of "adequately" means that it modifies "give". However, since that completely changes the meaning of the sentence, (C) cannot be right.
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20 Nov 2010, 12:48
You are right, thanks for reminding that.
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20 Nov 2010, 19:22
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vertigo777 wrote:
IMO,

A fundamental principle of sentence correction is that we must choose an answer that doesn't change the author's intended meaning. Unless the original sentence is nonsensical, we should preserve its meaning.

You're correct that in (C), the placement of "adequately" means that it modifies "give". However, since that completely changes the meaning of the sentence, (C) cannot be right.

Thanks for the clarification... Since I was skeptical about the reference of "adequate", hence posted it. As per the explanation given for this ques (in v05 test given in free access of GmatClub), it says - author wants to use "adequate" to modify give and not smile, hence OA is C.

I suppose such ambiguous questions wont come in actual GMAT... !!
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21 Nov 2010, 03:38
Doh!! I picked A.
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21 Dec 2010, 21:14
However much the adverb ‘adequately’ may be justified as modifying the verb ‘give’, still the author of the passage can not convince that the pronoun ‘they’ stands for the distant 'models' rather than the nearby ‘advertisements’. I feel C clearly suffers from pronoun ambiguity. E is the right on
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04 Feb 2016, 07:54
IMO correct answer should be E. initially i opted for C, but later i found that E is more clear inits meaning and conveys what author wants to say.
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