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known globally as one of the greatest musical acts of alltime, The beatles recorded 20 singles that reached the top spot on the Billboard charts;their songs, including Yesterday, which spent four weeks in the top spot,have been covered more often than those of any modern band.

According to the Modifiers rule,

"known globally as one of the greatest musical acts of alltime" is a Participial phrase starting with Known (past participle of Know).
And we know that
If a sentence starts with a Participial Phrase (or infact a VerbED modifier), that particular phrase must logically modify the noun that follows the comma.

My question is ,

Here the phrase "known globally as one of the greatest musical acts of alltime" seems to be modifying the act of recording 20 singles by beatles that reached the topspot. Is this justified ?

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Re: Participial Modifiers (Verb-ED Modifiers) - Doubt [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2012, 07:51
known globally as one of the greatest musical acts of alltime, The beatles recorded 20 singles that reached the top spot on the Billboard charts;their songs, including Yesterday, which spent four weeks in the top spot,have been covered more often than those of any modern band.

Italics: Modifier - should modify the noun following the phrase.
The Beatles: Subject/Noun that has been modified
Recorded: Transitive Verb
20 Singles: Object of Transitive Verb
Pink Portion: essential clause modifying the object "20 singles"

As you have said, the participial phrase should modify the noun following the phrase and here the noun is "The Beatles" .
"The act of recording" is not a noun here. "Record" has been used as a verb(recorded) and not as a gerund (the beatles' recording)
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Re: Participial Modifiers (Verb-ED Modifiers) - Doubt [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2012, 08:22
Hi connect the dots,

In the given sentence above , what is known as the one of the greatest musical act ? The 20 singles recorded by the Beatles and not the Beatles themselves. Hence the given sentence is wrongly modifying the " Beatles recorded 20 songs " which is a whole clause in itself. My question is , it should be just modifying the noun Beatles, so isn't the given sentence wrong ?

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Re: Participial Modifiers (Verb-ED Modifiers) - Doubt [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2012, 21:12
hey... I did miss the meaning. you are correct. the sentence is wrong. what is the source?

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Re: Participial Modifiers (Verb-ED Modifiers) - Doubt [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2012, 21:16
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hey... I did miss the meaning. you are correct. the sentence is wrong. what is the source?

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Well an expert replied on this to me.

Musical Acts - refers to "Band" -> a very less common usage. So in that sense,

Known as one of the greatedt musical acts ( Read Musical Bands), Beatles .....

So, As per the usage now the phrase is correctly modifying the noun Beatles.

Hope it clears the air.
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