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According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of the “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted.
a) the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted
b) famous because of “The Godfather,” the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted
c) the ailing mobster, famous because of “The Godfather,” came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted
d) near to those he most trusted, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather”
e) Corleone, famous because of “The Godfather,” was the town that the ailing mobster came to take refuge in because it was near to those he most trusted
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B and C hugely change the meaning. D places the subject far away, making the sentence confusing.

E seems a good contender, but A sounds better. I'll go with A.
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The gist of the text is that the town became famous because of ‘The Godfather’ and not the mobster. We can drop B and C on this count.

Placing the phrase ‘near to those he most trusted’ next to the prosecutor in D misinterprets the meaning as if the prosecutor was close to those he trusted most rather than the mobster; drop it.

E shifts the primary focus to the town from the mobster, by pushing him into a subordinate clause and is too wordy.

A is crisp and fine.
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E has modifier issue - the Godfather was not the town. Corleone = town
Hence A is the best.
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yes , e is obviously not concise. is this a 700-800 level question ?
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E has modifier issue - the Godfather was not the town. Corleone = town
Hence A is the best.


Can someone please explain why E has a modifier issue? The additional information of the town is still right.

I agree with daagh for the explanation of why E is wrong. It is changing the shift to town.
I missed this and chose E. :cry:
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Answer must be "A" as this choice correctly uses modifiers!!

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According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of the “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted.
a) the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted
b) famous because of “The Godfather,” the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted
c) the ailing mobster, famous because of “The Godfather,” came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted
d) near to those he most trusted, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather”
e) Corleone, famous because of “The Godfather,” was the town that the ailing mobster came to take refuge in because it was near to those he most trusted

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Option E states that "the ailing mobster came to take refuge in because it was near to those he most trusted"...but the original sentence does not seem to convey this cause-effect relation...

original sentence says "the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted." It does not explicitly say he came there because "it was a town near to those he most trusted"


could somebody pls comment whether we can eliminate E using this reasoning.
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Yes, option E can be eliminated based on the subtle change in meaning.

Option A - Mentions two characteristic of the town Corleone - 1. Famous because of "The Godfather" 2. The town is near to those he most trusted.

Option E has 2 problems :

1. It changes the focus from ailing mobster to town corleone.

2. It changes the meaning by stating cause and effect w.r.t taking refuge in the town.
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