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Germany's most infamous leader, Hitler's policies were responsible for the slaughter of 6 million Jews.
A. Same
B. Germany's most infamous leader, the policies of Hitler caused
C. More infamous than other leaders of Germany, the policies of Hitler were responsible for
D. Germany's most infamous leader, Hitler caused
E. Hitler, Germany's most infamous leader, had policies that caused

This question is about the dangling modifier and for me it came down to D vs E.
I very well know that in GMAT a short and simple sentence is a better choice, but then I had a different thought as well.

The given sentence talks about Hitler's policies and this is what E says, whereas D talks about Hitler himself.
Since, I don't wanted to alter the intent of the question, I selected E instead of D.

Could you please help me explain where I'm going wrong here?
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Re: An interesting GMAT question [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2010, 15:22
I also chose E.
But I think that the only explanation why D is better is wordiness.
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Re: An interesting GMAT question [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2010, 15:57
Hi,

I also thought E

D looks right to me because it was Hitler who caused the death and not policies

Just my view :)
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Re: An interesting GMAT question [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2010, 19:56
still not very clear..any other explanation?
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Re: An interesting GMAT question [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 06:13
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I also thought E

D looks right to me because it was Hitler who caused the death and not policies

Just my view :)


Your logic is sound. D clearly states that Hitler was the person responsible for the deaths.
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Re: An interesting GMAT question [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 10:16
i agree with meinkampf, the D option, IMO requires a comma after hitler. . Hence E will be my option. . so why is the OA D???
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Re: An interesting GMAT question [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 20:05
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Germany's most infamous leader, Hitler's policies were responsible for the slaughter of 6 million Jews.
A. Same
B. Germany's most infamous leader, the policies of Hitler caused
C. More infamous than other leaders of Germany, the policies of Hitler were responsible for
D. Germany's most infamous leader, Hitler caused
E. Hitler, Germany's most infamous leader, had policies that caused

This question is about the dangling modifier and for me it came down to D vs E.
I very well know that in GMAT a short and simple sentence is a better choice, but then I had a different thought as well.

The given sentence talks about Hitler's policies and this is what E says, whereas D talks about Hitler himself.
Since, I don't wanted to alter the intent of the question, I selected E instead of D.

Could you please help me explain where I'm going wrong here?



Is it just me or is there tremendous amount of irony between the question and your screen name? :lol:
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Re: An interesting GMAT question [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 21:24
@MisterEko, Irony :) :)

The source of this question is Manhattan Review's Verbal Study Guide.
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Re: Germany's most infamous leader, Hitler's policies were [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2015, 07:31
I also chose E. Policy was responsible not Hitler himself.
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Re: Germany's most infamous leader, Hitler's policies were [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2015, 07:40
Official Explanation:
This question involves a dangling modifier. Were the policies Germany’s most
infamous leader? No. Then they should not go first in the second part of the
sentence. That eliminates choices A, B and C. Choice E is not as efficient as D.
Choice D is the correct answer.

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Germany's most infamous leader, Hitler's policies were [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2015, 06:02
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OA is clearly wrong here.

The original question states that hitler's policies were the cause. D say's that Hitler himself caused the deaths.

So what makes more sense:
Hitler caused 6 million deaths
Hitlers policies caused 6 million deaths

IMO this is clearly E, as Hitler did not himself go and execute 6 million people, but rather his policies caused the execution of 6 million, which matches the original meaning as well.

The OE reasoning for D over E is clearly illogical, the only reason it is more efficient is because it omits key information.
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