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Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950s and early [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2006, 22:40
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962. Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950’s and early 1960’s that predicted the processes of modernization and rationalization would gradually undermine it, ethnicity is a worldwide phenomenon of increasing importance.
(A) would gradually undermine it
(B) to be a gradual undermining of it
(C) would be a gradual undermining of ethnicity
(D) to gradually undermine ethnicity
(E) gradually undermining it
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2006, 03:09
Hmmm...The sentence isn't underlined (again!) but A says :would gradually undermine it . So I'm guessing that this is the underlined portion.

With this assumption, I'm going for B.
With D, ethnicity is repeated and is redundant.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2006, 03:29
nothing wrong with A...it refers to ethnicity
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2006, 05:47
OA is A
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2006, 11:35
This cannot be an OG problem. A is clearly wrong on the GMAT b/c the referrent must precede the pronoun.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2006, 15:26
went with D too for the same reason.
Looking back in D ethinicity is indeed redundant and can be substituted by the pronoun "It".

According to "The Little Brown Handbook", pronouns can come before for after their antecedents. Here is an example.

Its constant increases make the tax bill a dreaded document.

Here BILL is the antecedent of pronoun ITS.
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Another good link clearing this doubt

http://www.freeman.tulane.edu/mcc/docs/ ... 20after%22

A pronoun can fall either before or after the noun it refers to. If the pronoun comes afterward, the noun it refers back to is called the “antecedent.â€
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2006, 06:46
Yep - has to be A.

'...that predicted the processes... would undermine it...'
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