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Modifiers [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2008, 23:21
Hi guys,
Please spend time reading my confusal!

107. Og11
In his research paper, Dr. Frosh, medical director of the Payne Whitney Clinic, distinguishes mood swings, which may be violent without their being grounded in mental disease, from genuine manic-depressive psychosis.

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(B) mood swings, perhaps violent without being grounded in mental disease, and genuine manic-depressive psychosis

OG explain: the phrase perhaps violent ... is awkward and unclear. so wrong!

But Verbal Review 63:

The finding that there are much larger populations of pesticide-degrading microbes in soils with a relatively long history of pesticide use than in soils that are free of such chemicals is suggestive of one reason, if used repeatedly in the same place, certain pesticides can become ineffective.

OG explain: the colored modifier modifies ambiguously modifies "one reason" when it should clearly modify "certain pesticides".

Friends,

Do you mind showing me the reason why "perhaps violent without being grounded in mental disease" does not modify correctly "wood swings"?
Thanks in advance!
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Re: Modifiers [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2008, 07:17
sondenso wrote:
Hi guys,
Please spend time reading my confusal!

107. Og11
In his research paper, Dr. Frosh, medical director of the Payne Whitney Clinic, distinguishes mood swings, which may be violent without their being grounded in mental disease, from genuine manic-depressive psychosis.

....

(B) mood swings, perhaps violent without being grounded in mental disease, and genuine manic-depressive psychosis

OG explain: the phrase perhaps violent ... is awkward and unclear. so wrong!

But Verbal Review 63:

The finding that there are much larger populations of pesticide-degrading microbes in soils with a relatively long history of pesticide use than in soils that are free of such chemicals is suggestive of one reason, if used repeatedly in the same place, certain pesticides can become ineffective.

OG explain: the colored modifier modifies ambiguously modifies "one reason" when it should clearly modify "certain pesticides".

Friends,

Do you mind showing me the reason why "perhaps violent without being grounded in mental disease" does not modify correctly "wood swings"?
Thanks in advance!


IMO, bringhing whole question into the picture makes easy to get the context. So please kindly put the question in details.

Quote:
In his research paper, Dr. Frosh, medical director of the Payne Whitney Clinic, distinguishes mood swings, which may be violent without their being grounded in mental disease, from genuine manic-depressive psychosis.

(A) mood swings, which may be violent without their being grounded in mental disease, from genuine manic-depressive psychosis
(B) mood swings, perhaps violent without being grounded in mental disease, and genuine manic-depressive psychosis
(C) between mood swings, which may be violent without being grounded in mental disease, and genuine manic-depressive psychosis
(D) between mood swings, perhaps violent without being grounded in mental disease, from genuine manic-depressive psychosis
(E) genuine manic-depressive psychosis and mood swings, which may be violent without being grounded in mental disease


In B, if mood swings were to be modified, mood swings had to be followed by a relative clause such as "which", or "that". The same is in A but not in B. the modifying phrase "perhaps violent without being grounded in mental disease" in fact modifies "Dr. Frosh, medical director of the Payne Whitney Clinic, distinguishes mood swings from genuine manic-depressive psychosis". Therefore it is wrong.

Bbut more than that B is wrong in terms of idiom: "distinguish x and y", which is wrong. The correct one is "distinguish between x and y".

Applying these things, C comes out to be best. Though idiom problem is fixed in D but has the modifier problem as B has.
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Re: Modifiers [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2008, 18:03
Thanks Gmattiger,

Read one more time, I understood the logic
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Re: Modifiers [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2008, 23:32
Thank you for sharing useful information.The secret of life is to become our own best parents .Ask what would I do if I had been brought up by two perfect parents .Do you perceive of , or remember ,any situations in your childhood prior to your Manic bipolar diagnosis that make you feel uneasy , uncomfortable , confused , anything that might have been a starting point for depression?




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