Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 20 Aug 2014, 11:01

Flash Sale:

The Economist GMAT Tutor - 15% Off All Courses


Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Modifier question

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 24 Dec 2011
Posts: 23
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 8

GMAT Tests User
Modifier question [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2012, 12:08
Hi ,

I just have a general modifer question and I hope that this is the right forum to post.
if not, I apologize!

The best way is to demonstrate my concerns with an example:

Fossils of the arm of a sloth, which ...

Now, I know that "which" modifies the noun ultimately preceding the comma.
But is the same thing true for nouns followed by prepositional phrases like here (of the arm of the sloth)?

does the which modify "sloth"

or

Fossils, since "of ...." only describes the noun Fossils.


So is it:

Fossils [strike]of the arm of a sloth[/strike], which ...

or [strike]Fossils of the arm of a[/strike] sloth, which


Thanks :)
Kaplan Promo CodeKnewton GMAT Discount CodesVeritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes
Director
Director
avatar
Status: Prep started for the n-th time
Joined: 29 Aug 2010
Posts: 708
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 93 [0], given: 37

GMAT Tests User
Re: Modifier question [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2012, 18:29
You rightly pointed out that which can modify:
1) Preceding noun - most of the time.
2) Preceding noun + prepositional phrase - sometimes, if there is no ambiguity as to what is being modified.

To get a clue on what is "which" modifying, look at the verb after "which". If the example says

1) Fossils of the arm of a sloth, which were/have ..... => Since there is a plural verb, which cannot modify "sloth". It must modify Fossils which is plural

2) Fossils of the arm of a sloth, which is/was => singluar verb, which is modifying "sloth" .

Crick
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 24 Dec 2011
Posts: 23
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 8

GMAT Tests User
Re: Modifier question [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2012, 13:31
Thank you!

So in other words, there is no "fixed" rule what to modify but rather depends on the context?
Director
Director
avatar
Status: Prep started for the n-th time
Joined: 29 Aug 2010
Posts: 708
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 93 [0], given: 37

GMAT Tests User
Re: Modifier question [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 18:03
gamatack wrote:
Thank you!

So in other words, there is no "fixed" rule what to modify but rather depends on the context?


I would say the fixed rule is which modifies the preceding noun, unless , in rare cases, it can modify the noun + preposition phrase if the adjoining noun cannot be the "modified noun" ( because of the number).

When in doubt, you should stick to relative modifiers modify the preceding noun.

Crick

(Don't forget the kudos if you like the answer :) ).
Re: Modifier question   [#permalink] 27 Feb 2012, 18:03
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
2 Experts publish their posts in the topic Question on Modifiers chechaxo 3 22 Apr 2013, 09:06
Question on modifiers shibanim 1 20 Oct 2012, 12:35
Modifier question lionheart187 1 26 Jun 2008, 04:14
modifier question: willget800 4 12 Jun 2006, 17:46
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Modifier question

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.