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Lincoln, discovering in young manhood the secret that the Yankee peddler has learned before him, knew how to use a good story to generate good will.

(A) Lincoln, discovering in young manhood the secret that the Yankee peddler has learned before him, knew

(B) Discovering in young manhood the secret that the Yankee peddler has learned before him, Lincoln knew

(C) Lincoln, discovering the secret that the Yankee peddler had learned in young manhood before him, knew

(D) In young manhood Lincoln discovered the secret that the Yankee peddler had learned before him:

(E) Lincoln, discovered in young manhood the secret that the Yankee peddler had learned before him, knew
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why is it not c [#permalink] New post 18 May 2003, 01:32
I thought the yankee peddler had learnt the secret in young manhood and not lincoln.. , the young manhood would modify peddler
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2005, 08:58
I would go with "D".

here are my 2 cents..

A - ... that the Yankee peddler has learned before him... Here the "has learned" is present perfect. This action took place is the past and has completed so we cannot use the present perfect "has learned"

B- for the same reason as A -- has learned is incorrect

C - distorts the meaning, i think the intend was to suggest that it was lincoln who discovered the secret in his young manhood and not the yankee peddler

D- This clearly states that lincoln learned the secret in his young manhood and the lists the secret with ":" - the secret being how to use a good story to generate good will.

E- I think, it should have been "discovering" instead of "discovered" ... don't quite know the grammatical reason behind this.


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 [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2005, 16:59
Already discussed so many times.

Here is the best discussion:

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=8295
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