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Question on Modifiers [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 09:06
Hi All,

I was reading the Manhattan GMAT guide on Sentence Correction and came across the below sentence.

Citizens of may countries are expressing concerns about the environmental damage caused by wide spread release of greenhouse gases, DAMAGE THAT MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE TO REVERSE.

I understand that in the underlined section - "That may be impossible to reverse" modifies DAMAGE.
However, I am not clear on what portion of the sentence does the noun modifier - "damage that may .....reverse" modifies.

In the above sentence does "damage that may .....reverse" not modify greenhouse gases, while it is intended to refer to environmental damage?
Some how the "Damage that...reverse" seems to be a fragment in the sentence.

What am I overlooking here?
Can some one please help!

Thanks,
Chechaxo
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Re: Question on Modifiers [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 09:31
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Citizens of may countries are expressing concerns about the environmental damage caused by wide spread release of greenhouse gases, DAMAGE THAT MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE TO REVERSE.

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In the above sentence does "damage that may .....reverse" not modify greenhouse gases, while it is intended to refer to environmental damage?


no !! . this is a classic case of abstract noun + modifier .where the abstract noun stands for something that has been described in the previous clause .we do find this kind of construction in very fine writings
here"damage" is an abstract noun that stands for environmental damage
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Re: Question on Modifiers [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 09:46
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Absolute phrases. Here you go:Article

Solve some more questions to get clarity. You can find them in SC thread.

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Re: Question on Modifiers [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2013, 01:01
Thanks Neha24 and jumsumtak,

Indeed answers a lot of my questions...
The link jumsumtak has provided makes it crystal clear.

Cheers,
Chechaxo
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