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Re: Famed for his masterful use of irony, many of Guy de [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 16:13
D is the correct answer.
A, B,E have a pronoun that has no clear antecedant.
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Re: Famed for his masterful use of irony, many of Guy de [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2013, 20:32
Hello Shraddha,I agree with your explanation in answer choice D.But I somehow feel that the comma before evidenced is unncecessary. It is the use of irony which is evidenced in the slow revelation.......So comma is not required I think. Putting a comma before evindenced suggests that the part after comma modifies the part before comma which I feel is incorrect.
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Re: Famed for his masterful use of irony, many of Guy de [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2013, 12:49
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Hello Shraddha,I agree with your explanation in answer choice D.But I somehow feel that the comma before evidenced is unncecessary. It is the use of irony which is evidenced in the slow revelation.......So comma is not required I think. Putting a comma before evindenced suggests that the part after comma modifies the part before comma which I feel is incorrect.


Hi Sid,

This is the correct answer choice D:

Many of Guy de Maupassant's short stories have become classics because of the author's famed and masterful use of irony, evidenced in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

There are a few things that I would like to say here:

1. "evidenced" is a verb-ed modifier that always modifies the preceding noun enity. Here usage of "evidenced" is correct because it logically refers to "use of irony", the preceding noun entity.
2. Use of comma alone is not a deterministic issue to reject an otherwise correct answer choice. In this particular case, usage of comma pertains more to the stylistic issue and not to the grammar issue. Here the comma has been used to imtroduce that necessary pause in the sentence to understand the meaning of the sentence better. This comma makes you pause and then you continue reading, understanding the role of "evidenced...". Never reject an answer choice because of the use of comma in a certain fashion.

Hope this helps. :)
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D is the right answer.

A, C have a modifier error. The modifier does not rightly modify Guy de Maupassant.
B, E have a pronoun error. He is a subject pronoun and cannot refer to the possessive noun Guy de Maupassant's
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Re: Famed for his masterful use of irony, many of Guy de [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2013, 02:36
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The two options are C & D.
What is wrong with C? to me D seems wordy.

Please explain.

opening modifier in c is misplaced. opening phrase is intended to modify noun "Guy de Maupassant", however it is modifying short stories.
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Re: Famed for his masterful use of irony, many of Guy de [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2013, 03:25
Choice D doesn't change the meaning of the sentence.

The original sentence says that because of his irony, many of Guy de Maupassant's short stories have become classics and goes on explaining the reason behind the success -slowly revealing at the end of each piece a tragic twist of fate - this is indeed the irony mentioned earlier.

D) Many of Guy de Maupassant's short stories have become classics because of the author's famed and masterful use of irony, evidenced in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

D clearly conveys the same intended meaning.
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