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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2011, 23:21
D modified scholars...So A is correct
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2011, 10:09
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gmatbull wrote:
what is the difference between these two versions?

(i) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as...
(ii) scholars’ categorization of Tacitus’s Germania as...

Although version (ii) wan't given in the question, I only want to
understand the difference between them


Latter uses noun+of construction when direct verb is available for this construction as used in the first sentence. As per MGMAT, noun+of constructions are considered wordy and should be replaced by a verb, although you may think that categorizing is not the main verb of this sentence.

I also feel for D but I agree with others about A.
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Re: Modern critics are amused by early scholars categorizing [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 06:21
I agree with A, IMO

(A) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as --Correct
(B) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as if an ethnographic treatise.--If is mostly used to depict cause-effect / subjunctive mood and in this case it is neither of the both.Hence, "IF" is incorrectly used.
(C) scholars, categorizing of Tacitus’s Germania as an ethnographic treatise--the scholars should be in possesive case.This sentence construction also changes the meaning from the original. This construction "Categorizing of Tacitus’s Germania as an ethnographic treatise." seems like a fragment.
(D) .. amused by scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania as an ethnographic treatise---Change in meaning again, the main subjects are not amused by scholars but by the scholars' categorizing.
(E) amused by scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania if an ethnographic treatise --Change in meaning and incorrect usage of if
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Re: Modern critics are amused by early scholars categorizing [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 06:46
IMO D
how has one arrived at the conclusion that the meaning of the sentence is A and not D? Kindly explain.
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Re: Modern critics are amused by early scholars categorizing [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 07:10
One way i could think of D as a wrong choice is that it says CATEGORISE rather than CATEGORISED.... But still I m not sure about A...
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Re: Modern critics are amused by early scholars categorizing [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 07:59
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IMO D
how has one arrived at the conclusion that the meaning of the sentence is A and not D? Kindly explain.


It is always like that only.If 2 options (including original) are grammatically and logically correct, we have to stick with the original option i.e. A because it is preferred by GMAT.

There are lots of thread in which the same question of "change in meaning" is discussed.You can go through them as well.
changing-meaning-of-original-sentence-93405.html
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Re: Modern critics are amused by early scholars categorizing [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 08:10
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One way i could think of D as a wrong choice is that it says CATEGORISE rather than CATEGORISED.... But still I m not sure about A...


My friend if you are rejecting this on grounds of tense by assuming that Modern critics are amused(participle) by early scholars (past indication) who categorize (they may be alive say 130 years old :) and still try to categorize--Present) or they can be (dead/ or they used to categorize ( categorized) in early periods--Past tense :roll: ), it will still have some distortion in meaning, so better to go for A.
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Re: Modern critics are amused by early scholars categorizing [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 11:16
edit: after writing it all out I see why it is A.

critics are amused by the categorizing itself, not by the scholars.
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Re: Modern critics are amused by early scholars categorizing [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 11:36
Went for A pretty soon. Really do not find a fault with B as such. Just found A to be better suited here.
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Re: Modern critics are amused by early scholars categorizing [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2012, 12:09
I picked D :(
but I see now why A although awkward, is the correct answer
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Re: Modern critics are amused by early scholars categorizing [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2013, 04:41
I also find D as most suitable can some faculty memeber discuss this question in detail.

So that we may have discussion with complete explanation.
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Re: Modern critics are amused by early scholars categorizing [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2013, 06:24
(A) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as
(B) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as if (as if is a bit awkward and changes the meaning slightly)
(C) scholars, categorizing of Tacitus’s Germania as (modifying scholars)
(D) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania as (changes the meaning, amused by the categorization, not the scholars)
(E) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania if (changes the meaning, amused by the categorization, not the scholars)
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