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OG13 Q104. 162. Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations,

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OG13 Q104. 162. Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2013, 21:44
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OG13 Q104.

162. Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world.
(A) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives,
(B) In her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(C) In her book illustrations, which she carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(D) Carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations
(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and

I can see that the OA is a superior answer to B, but I have a query on the structure of B. According to the OG, "carefully coordinating.." modifies illustrations not Beatrix Potter. Do -ing participial modifiers always modify the noun in front? I thought the placement of such modifiers was a little bit less rigid?

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Re: Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2013, 21:54
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OG13 Q104.

162. Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world.
(A) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives,
(B) In her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(C) In her book illustrations, which she carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(D) Carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations
(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and

I can see that the OA is a superior answer to B, but I have a query on the structure of B. According to the OG, "carefully coordinating.." modifies illustrations not Beatrix Potter. Do -ing participial modifiers always modify the noun in front? I thought the placement of such modifiers was a little bit less rigid?

Thanks everyone!

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In case of modifiers, you must remember one rule.
The modifiers can modify on either side unless there are some barriers such as "and", "but" etc.
In the query you raised, same issue is status quo. The modifier can ambigously modify either side of the modifier and hence the answer choice becomes ambigous.
Hope that helps.
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Re: Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 06:07
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OG13 Q104.

162. Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world.
(A) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives,
(B) In her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(C) In her book illustrations, which she carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(D) Carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations
(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and

I can see that the OA is a superior answer to B, but I have a query on the structure of B. According to the OG, "carefully coordinating.." modifies illustrations not Beatrix Potter. Do -ing participial modifiers always modify the noun in front? I thought the placement of such modifiers was a little bit less rigid?

Thanks everyone!

Hii tcsing.
In case of modifiers, you must remember one rule.
The modifiers can modify on either side unless there are some barriers such as "and", "but" etc.
In the query you raised, same issue is status quo. The modifier can ambigously modify either side of the modifier and hence the answer choice becomes ambigous.
Hope that helps.


Thanks marcab, this helps a lot! I always get confused between when modifiers are ambiguous and when they are not!
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Re: Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 07:05
An easy way to see whether or not a modifier is ambiguos is to see whether or not the modifier could be mistaken for modifying something else. For example in the sentence "The men danced with the women, and they enjoyed it", "they" is ambiguous because it could be modifying "men" or "women". Think about it this way: if someone who is just starting to learn English could mistake a word for modifying different parts of a sentence, the modifier is probably ambiguous.

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Re: Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2013, 18:23
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An easy way to see whether or not a modifier is ambiguos is to see whether or not the modifier could be mistaken for modifying something else. For example in the sentence "The men danced with the women, and they enjoyed it", "they" is ambiguous because it could be modifying "men" or "women". Think about it this way: if someone who is just starting to learn English could mistake a word for modifying different parts of a sentence, the modifier is probably ambiguous.

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Re: Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2013, 20:56
But still folks why (B) isn't the answer????

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Re: Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2013, 21:07
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But still folks why (B) isn't the answer????

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The modifier is ambiguous :) It needs to modify 1 thing clearly, and here it is not clear, because the -ing modifier can modify either the noun in front or the noun behind it
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Re: Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2013, 19:38
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targetgmatchotu wrote:
But still folks why (B) isn't the answer????

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The modifier is ambiguous :) It needs to modify 1 thing clearly, and here it is not clear, because the -ing modifier can modify either the noun in front or the noun behind it


Great then why not (A).

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Re: Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2013, 20:30
targetgmatchotu wrote:
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But still folks why (B) isn't the answer????

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The modifier is ambiguous :) It needs to modify 1 thing clearly, and here it is not clear, because the -ing modifier can modify either the noun in front or the noun behind it


Great then why not (A).

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(A) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives,
This choice is wrong due to incorrect use of "them". It clearly doesn't refer to "book illustrations".

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Re: Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2013, 21:43
(A) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives,
This choice is wrong due to incorrect use of "them". It clearly doesn't refer to "book illustrations".
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Why do you think "them" is ambiguous in its placement."Them" has an antecedent "illustrations".
On the contrary I do not consider it ambiguous .

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