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Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels; travelers to Egypt can still stay at the Old Cataract Hotel, the model for the hotel in one of Christie's most famous books.

A) Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels
B) Agatha Christie used her travels with her archaeologist husband to inspire several mystery novels
C) Because her husband was an archaeologist, Agatha Christie was able to use their travels as inspiration for several of her mystery novels
D) Together with her archaeologist husband, Agatha Christie was inspired to incorporate their travel into several of her mystery novels
E) Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband served as inspiration for several of her mystery novels
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28 Jul 2009, 01:45
Between A and E, E seems better, I don't like the second "her" in A, but not sure why
Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels.
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28 Jul 2009, 01:51
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Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels; travelers to Egypt can still stay at the Old Cataract Hotel, the model for the hotel in one of Christie's most famous books.

A) Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels
B) Agatha Christie used her travels with her archaeologist husband to inspire several mystery novels
C) Because her husband was an archaeologist, Agatha Christie was able to use their travels as inspiration for several of her mystery novels
D) Together with her archaeologist husband, Agatha Christie was inspired to incorporate their travel into several of her mystery novels
E) Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband served as inspiration for several of her mystery novels

Tough one.

B is out. As 'used' gives wrong perception.
C is out. Awkward & wordy construction.

Now, this is what I think -
After reading the first sentence, I though it does not make any sense. Underlined part talks about the 'inspiration from travels' & the remaining part talks about a hotel that was part of her novel.

Two halves of sentences are not connected by anything. As second part talks about 'an old hotel included in a novel', first sentence should talk about 'inclusion of archaeological sites in novel' rather than inspiration. A mere inspiration to write a mystery novel does not suggest that she has included any information about 'archaeological sites'.

So, Option A & E are out.

D -> It suggests that Christie has included her husband & their travels in the book. Though, construction of sentence is not very good, I think this is the answer.

If this is wrong, then I would go with 'A'.

Am I correct ?
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Well, here is the information from Manhattan SC
Possessive nouns are particularly dangerous on GMAT.
e.g.
Jose's room is so messy that his mother calls him a pig.
The possessive noun in the sentence is Jose's. Possessive pronouns can refer to back possessive nouns, such as, possessive pronoun "his" here refers back to possessive noun Jose's. However, subject and object pronouns may not refer to back to possessive nouns.Therefore the object pronoun "him" is used incorrectly, because it may not refer to back to Jose's. "Him" would be only accurate if it refered back to the word Jose.

I think we have the same situation in the question posted by sudeep. Second "her" here may refer to Agatha Christie's travels, which is possessive noun and thus violates rhe rule explained above.
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28 Jul 2009, 02:22
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Natia, Bang on target!!:)
Nice Explanation!
Issue tested here is the usage of possessive pronouns.
OA is E

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28 Jul 2009, 03:00
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Well, here is the information from Manhattan SC
Possessive nouns are particularly dangerous on GMAT.
e.g.
Jose's room is so messy that his mother calls him a pig.
The possessive noun in the sentence is Jose's. Possessive pronouns can refer to back possessive nouns, such as, possessive pronoun "his" here refers back to possessive noun Jose's. However, subject and object pronouns may not refer to back to possessive nouns.Therefore the object pronoun "him" is used incorrectly, because it may not refer to back to Jose's. "Him" would be only accurate if it refered back to the word Jose.

I think we have the same situation in the question posted by sudeep. Second "her" here may refer to Agatha Christie's travels, which is possessive noun and thus violates rhe rule explained above.

Great! Agree with you.

My only confusion with option E was use of noun "inspiration", whereas option A uses verb "inspired". Though use of verb is a preferred way, but then there is this error of possessive pronouns in option A.
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28 Jul 2009, 03:37
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28 Jul 2009, 05:26
Another common mistake to note in option A is the usage of active verb inspired. Travels inspired Agatha Christie - this isn't right. Travels cannot inspire somebody. One can be inspired by travels ( which becomes passive ) or as it is put together in Option E travels can serve as an inspiration.
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Also, consider the subtle meaning difference between A and E. In A: "Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels": did Agatha begin her career because of her travels? This small issue is resolved by E which mentions that the travels served as an inspiration for several of her novels.
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