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1. I am not able to understand "Verb Modifier". I do know that it should modify verbs but apart from that it gets very confusing to me. As in this example, in SC guide,
[*]Based on the recent decline in enrollment, the admissions office decided to reevaluate its recruitment strategies.
According to the explanation this is a noun modifier and it has to be replaced with a verb modifier. But I do not understand the replacement, "Because of the recent decline in enrollment".


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I am referring to manhattan GMAT SC Series - Chap 12 / Pg 229.

After the agreement surfaced, the commission dissolved it.

Now, I will ask the question, "What happened after the agreement surfaced"? I would say the answer is the verb "dissolve"??? HEnce, the modifier is not a noun modifier but a verb modifier. Given that, commission shouldn't be placed after comma.

Am I missing anything ? Please confirm. I am a bit lost :(

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Re: Noun modifiers vs Verb Modifier [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2011, 14:31
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Re: Noun modifiers vs Verb Modifier [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2011, 05:43
voodoochild wrote:
First Question -

1. I am not able to understand "Verb Modifier". I do know that it should modify verbs but apart from that it gets very confusing to me. As in this example, in SC guide,
[*]Based on the recent decline in enrollment, the admissions office decided to reevaluate its recruitment strategies.
According to the explanation this is a noun modifier and it has to be replaced with a verb modifier. But I do not understand the replacement, "Because of the recent decline in enrollment".


Actually, I don't understand clearly what you are asking.
Do you know why [*] is wrong? Do you understand the explanation in the book?

Because of the recent decline in enrollment, the admissions office decided to reevaluate its recruitment strategies. [**}
This is a cause-effect structure. The cause is "the recent decline in enrollment", the effect is " the admissions office decided to reevaluate its recruitment strategies". So, [**] is a way to express the cause and effect.

The structure "because of + noun/V-ing" is used to expressed the cause. If you eliminate "OF", then a clause should follow "Because".

i.e. Because there was a recent decline in enrollment, the admission office.....
However, this sentence is wordy. The [**] is better.

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Second question: -

I am referring to manhattan GMAT SC Series - Chap 12 / Pg 229.

After the agreement surfaced, the commission dissolved it.

Now, I will ask the question, "What happened after the agreement surfaced"? I would say the answer is the verb "dissolve"??? HEnce, the modifier is not a noun modifier but a verb modifier. Given that, commission shouldn't be placed after comma.


I don't know what you mean here :(
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Re: Noun modifiers vs Verb Modifier [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 12:28
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voodoochild wrote:
First Question -

1. I am not able to understand "Verb Modifier". I do know that it should modify verbs but apart from that it gets very confusing to me. As in this example, in SC guide,
[*]Based on the recent decline in enrollment, the admissions office decided to reevaluate its recruitment strategies.
According to the explanation this is a noun modifier and it has to be replaced with a verb modifier. But I do not understand the replacement, "Because of the recent decline in enrollment".


Actually, I don't understand clearly what you are asking.
Do you know why [*] is wrong? Do you understand the explanation in the book?

Because of the recent decline in enrollment, the admissions office decided to reevaluate its recruitment strategies. [**}
This is a cause-effect structure. The cause is "the recent decline in enrollment", the effect is " the admissions office decided to reevaluate its recruitment strategies". So, [**] is a way to express the cause and effect.

The structure "because of + noun/V-ing" is used to expressed the cause. If you eliminate "OF", then a clause should follow "Because".

i.e. Because there was a recent decline in enrollment, the admission office.....
However, this sentence is wordy. The [**] is better.

voodoochild wrote:
Second question: -

I am referring to manhattan GMAT SC Series - Chap 12 / Pg 229.

After the agreement surfaced, the commission dissolved it.

Now, I will ask the question, "What happened after the agreement surfaced"? I would say the answer is the verb "dissolve"??? HEnce, the modifier is not a noun modifier but a verb modifier. Given that, commission shouldn't be placed after comma.


I don't know what you mean here :(



My bad. I should have given you the full context.

#1 - "Based on....," is a noun modifier because you can ask question "What was based on " The answer is "decision". Hence, "decision" should follow the comma.
Secondly, "Becuase of ...." is a verb modifier because we would ask a question "what happened because of ..." The answer is "a decision was taken". In this form, there is no requirement on the placement of the modifier. However, we are missing the subject and hence, we need committee right after the comma. i.e. "because of ...., committee...."

#2 - "After the agreement surfaced, the commission dissolved it.:" is again a verb modifier because you will ask, "what happened after the ...". The answer is "dissolved". However, i am not sure why "commission" should be placed after the comma. Is it because we are missing subject in the modifier? Not sure. Please help

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Re: Noun modifiers vs Verb Modifier [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2011, 06:29
voodoochild wrote:
First Question -

1. I am not able to understand "Verb Modifier". I do know that it should modify verbs but apart from that it gets very confusing to me. As in this example, in SC guide,
[*]Based on the recent decline in enrollment, the admissions office decided to reevaluate its recruitment strategies.
According to the explanation this is a noun modifier and it has to be replaced with a verb modifier. But I do not understand the replacement, "Because of the recent decline in enrollment".


Second question: -

I am referring to manhattan GMAT SC Series - Chap 12 / Pg 229.

After the agreement surfaced, the commission dissolved it.

Now, I will ask the question, "What happened after the agreement surfaced"? I would say the answer is the verb "dissolve"??? HEnce, the modifier is not a noun modifier but a verb modifier. Given that, commission shouldn't be placed after comma.

Am I missing anything ? Please confirm. I am a bit lost :(

Thanks
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Let me try to clarify

1) Based on the recent decline in enrollment, the admissions office decided to reevaluate its recruitment strategies.
. . .it appears that it is being said that "the admission office" (a noun) is "based on something ... . . . to modify i.e. to say to qualify / add to meaning of - the admission office - a noun - we need a noun modifier
correct answer could be like; determined to improve the company's wok culture, the admission office decided to reevaluate its recruitment strategies. . .

2) After the agreement surfaced, the commission dissolved it.
. . .it simply says; the commission agreed and the decided to resolve it (i hope where you picked this sentence from, there we had a referent to 'it')

i am not good at it. but hope i was some help!
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Re: Noun modifiers vs Verb Modifier [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2012, 22:02
from what I have understood after studying this:

1. Based on.... is a noun modifier and should modify the closest noun. After all, not the admission office but the decision was based on some thing.
since you were not allowed to change the later part of sentence, you have to make the first part a verb modifier so as you can answer: WHY the admission office decided? and the answer to that will be: Because of .....

what question would you ask that would modify the verb/some action? How the verb was done, when the verb was done, why the verb was done, where the verb was done, what was the verb?

if you get answer to these question, that part of the sentence is a verb modifier. Remember, it can be as simple as an adverb.
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