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Modern critics are amused by early scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as an ethnographic treatise.

(A) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as
(B) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as if
(C) scholars, categorizing of Tacitus’s Germania as
(D) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania as
(E) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania if
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2008, 14:05
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IMO A.

Modern critics are not amused by early scholars but they are amused by early scholar's categorizing..... hence C,D,E are out. Among A and B. A is the best.
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2008, 14:26
Agree with grepro. B C D E change the meaning of the original sentence.
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2008, 18:40
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Modern critics are amused by early scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as an ethnographic treatise.
(A) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as
(B) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as if
(C) scholars, categorizing of Tacitus’s Germania as
(D) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania as
(E) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania if


I believe the answer should be D. Please provide the OA and i will explain it if I turn out to be correct.

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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2008, 20:06
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Modern critics are amused by early scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as an ethnographic treatise.
(A) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as
(B) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as if
(C) scholars, categorizing of Tacitus’s Germania as
(D) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania as
(E) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania if


I believe the answer should be D. Please provide the OA and i will explain it if I turn out to be correct.

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Critics are not amused by scholars but by scholars' catergorizing practice...So, A should be the ANS.
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2008, 20:48
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Agree with A.

Other options change the meaning of the orignal sentence.
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2008, 23:26
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OA is A
Agree all the other choices change the meaning
But I read a rule in one of the notes that
possessive+present participle is always wrong
thats the reason I picked D
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 08:36
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hibloom wrote:
OA is A
Agree all the other choices change the meaning
But I read a rule in one of the notes that
possessive+present participle is always wrong
thats the reason I picked D



I used the same reasoning. I don't understand what makes the exception here. Can somebody just explain rather than say changing the meaning? It changed the meaning from what to what?

Would someone please explain what meaning got changed in each answer choice?

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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 08:43
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is the proper use of idiom is "categorize x as y"?
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2009, 20:08
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tarek99 wrote:
hibloom wrote:
OA is A
Agree all the other choices change the meaning
But I read a rule in one of the notes that
possessive+present participle is always wrong
thats the reason I picked D



I used the same reasoning. I don't understand what makes the exception here. Can somebody just explain rather than say changing the meaning? It changed the meaning from what to what?

Would someone please explain what meaning got changed in each answer choice?


Modern critics are amused by the categorization, not by the scholars. Whereas option C, D and E says that critics are amused by scholars.

But still I find option A sounding awkward. Whats the source of the question?
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2009, 07:18
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Modern critics are amused by early scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as an ethnographic treatise.
(A) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as
(B) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as if
(C) scholars, categorizing of Tacitus’s Germania as
(D) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania as
(E) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania if


A seems correct
B - 'as if' is not correct
C, D, E - i think the intent is that modern critics were amused by the categorization not the scholars who did the categorization ... so C,D,E are out
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2010, 05:04
My reasoning for A:

A) - weird.. uses possessives.. sounds odd.. but nothing explicitly wrong.. so hold on
B) - 'as if' is used for hypothetical situation.. Hence, changes the meaning
C) - 'categorizing' followed by comma - modifies the whole phrase - giving the impression that Modern critics categorized and not the scholars. That is not the intended meaning. Also, grammatically, 'of' following categorizing is not correct. For example: I wrote a book, listing all the chapters -- is correct but I wrote a book, listing of all the chapters -- doesn't make any sense.
D) - 'early scholar who categorize' -- problem1 -- gives the impression that critics are amused by scholars not the work. Problem2 -- gives the impression that scholars are still there and they usually categorize. The intended meaning is 'early scholar who categorizED'.
E) - same as D.

Hence A: best out of the worst.
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2010, 13:00
I originally picked D, but soon realized what everyone else seems to have realized... D changes the meaning of the sentence. A is not exactly the "right" answer, it is just better than the others so it's correct
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2010, 16:17
critics are amused by the scholar's action and not by the scholars themselves.
This leaves A and B
"as if" in option be does not make sense. Hence, original sentence is correct.

Answer A
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2010, 17:47
What is the source for this question?

I did a search on Yahoo! and in another forum someone pointed out that choice D (my choice) also changes the timing of


the categorizing (past)

to

who categorize (ongoing)

the early scholars are most likely dead so they can not continue to categorize, at least not on earth in this dimension.
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 02:16
Isn't there a preposition missing in A between "categorizing" and "Tacitus"?
I'm also confused with the possessive of "Tacitus's Germania"...shouldn't it be "Tacitus' Germania"?
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2010, 05:16
C, D, E change the meaning of the original sentence. Categorize ... as if sounds weird. I go with A.
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2011, 11:38
IMO D, what is the source of this question??

Options A sounds awkward.
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 00:33
A considering as X,Y is correct idiom
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Re: SC: Tacitus [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 13:49
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
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