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Politicans and philosophers , early forms of democratic [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2011, 08:28
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Politicans and philosophers , early forms of democratic government and public discourse were pioneered by the ancient Greeks , laying the groundwork for much of modern society .

(A) Same as above

(B) laying the groundwork for much of modern society , early forms of democratic government and public discourse were pioneered by the ancient greeks.

(C)the ancient Greeks pioneered early forms of democratic government and public discourse , laying the groundwork for much of modern society

(D)there were pioneered , laying the groundwork for much of modern society , early forms of democratic government and public discourse by the ancient Greeks.

(E)were the ancient Greeks who , laying the groundwork for much of modern society , pioneered early forms of democratic government and public discourse.

Which one is correct ?
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Re: Tough Modifier SC [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2011, 10:42
after the words "Politicians and philosophers" and then a comma we need something that describes this ppl. so, B,D and E are out
since politicians and philosophers can not be the forms of government and public discourse, A is also out.
so, the answer is C
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Re: Tough Modifier SC [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2011, 11:08
I picked C...the meaning is only clear in option C.
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Re: Tough Modifier SC [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2011, 08:35
schandok wrote:
what's wrong w/ B?


In B laying groundwork wrongly modifying Politicans and philosophers.
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Politicians and philosophers ," were the ancient Greeks who , laying the groundwork for much of modern society , pioneered early forms of democratic government and public discourse "


Word laying does not make sense , it is also not parallel with pioneered more over a simple past of lay would be better , laid


Hence E can be eliminated for all the above reasons



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Re: Tough Modifier SC [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 18:18
Politicans and philosophers , early forms of democratic government and public discourse were pioneered by the ancient Greeks , laying the groundwork for much of modern society

i find c also confusing. Since the phrase in the comma can be excluded and still though the sentence must be correct.
but if we remove the phrase in betn comma i.e. "Politicans and philosophers laying the groundwork for much of modern society" does not make the sentence correct. So is this option correct??

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Re: Tough Modifier SC [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 00:02
Politicans and philosophers is a modifier modifying the noun the ancient Greeks.

+1 or C
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Re: Politicans and philosophers , early forms of democratic [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2011, 07:22
Its C

But Can anyone properly justify how they eliminated E?

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Re: Politicans and philosophers , early forms of democratic [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2011, 12:21
C is only correct answer...because politicians and philosophers should be followed by their modifier, so after comma ist's better to state "ancient Greeks and so on
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