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SC..no idea..tough one [#permalink] New post 11 May 2010, 12:25
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No idea what to eliminate and what to choose....please explain your answers
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Re: SC..no idea..tough one [#permalink] New post 11 May 2010, 12:57
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No idea what to eliminate and what to choose....please explain your answers


My guess is D

a. modifier problem
b. modifier problem
c. awkward
d. correct
e. needs "to win"
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Re: SC..no idea..tough one [#permalink] New post 12 May 2010, 06:04
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is it D?

A novelist who turned away........, Selma Langerlof became.....the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to win the Nobel prize for literature....only (D) makes sense.

Selma Langerlof modifies the sentence before the comma. then "Selma Langerlof became...." sentence conveys the idea completely and sensibly.
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Re: SC..no idea..tough one [#permalink] New post 12 May 2010, 06:39
was stuck between C&D......
and actually selected C :(

seekmba`s answer made me re think.....

in C "in addition to..... is bit awkward
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Re: SC..no idea..tough one [#permalink] New post 12 May 2010, 09:33
This is a good one.

I pick D.


A and B: modifier misplaced.
C: "in additional to" and "winning" are awkward to me
E: "As a novelist". "As" is redundant right? And it's a run on sentence.

D: Modifier is correctly placed: A novelist... (modifier), Selma (modified subject)...
also there is no tense issue.
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Re: SC..no idea..tough one [#permalink] New post 12 May 2010, 22:07
alphabeta wrote:
It should be C..

what's the OA?


The OA is D.

This question was discussed at the link below.
http://gmatclub.com/forum/selma-lagerloef-83032.html
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Re: SC..no idea..tough one [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 00:15
A. Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life
and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlöf was the novelist who
became the first woman and was also the first Swedish writer to win
"turning away ___, in 1909 SL was the novelist" means by turning away she became novelist in 1909 which is wrong.

B. She turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the
peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and novelist Selma Lagerlöf in
1909 became the first woman as well as the first Swedish writer that won
totally awkward .. she___, and novelist SL. Also "turned away literary realism and wrote" doesn't mean "she turned away to write"

C. Selma Lagerlöf was a novelist who turned away from literary realism to write
romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and in
1909 she became the first woman in addition to the first Swedish writer winning
in addition to is wrong

D. A novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic stories about
the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf became in
1909 the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to win
correct as the "who turned ....Sweden" describes the novelist and the main clause describes herself as the first woman as well as Swedish writer to win the prize

E. As a novelist, Selma Lagerlöf turned away from literary realism and wrote
romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909
becoming the first woman and also the first Swedish writer that won
as a novelist, SL turned away means as she is novelist, she should turn away from literary ....
and writer that won is wrong
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Re: SC..no idea..tough one [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 00:56
Thanks for the very comprehensive analysis! Appreciation.

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A. Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life
and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlöf was the novelist who
became the first woman and was also the first Swedish writer to win
"turning away ___, in 1909 SL was the novelist" means by turning away she became novelist in 1909 which is wrong.

B. She turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the
peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and novelist Selma Lagerlöf in
1909 became the first woman as well as the first Swedish writer that won
totally awkward .. she___, and novelist SL. Also "turned away literary realism and wrote" doesn't mean "she turned away to write"

C. Selma Lagerlöf was a novelist who turned away from literary realism to write
romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and in
1909 she became the first woman in addition to the first Swedish writer winning
in addition to is wrong

D. A novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic stories about
the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf became in
1909 the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to win
correct as the "who turned ....Sweden" describes the novelist and the main clause describes herself as the first woman as well as Swedish writer to win the prize

E. As a novelist, Selma Lagerlöf turned away from literary realism and wrote
romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909
becoming the first woman and also the first Swedish writer that won
as a novelist, SL turned away means as she is novelist, she should turn away from literary ....
and writer that won is wrong
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Re: SC..no idea..tough one [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 04:48
there is also one unneeded "and" in C
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Re: SC..no idea..tough one [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 05:07
IMO C. In C , last "winning" is a participle modifier of "writer "and "and" is connected both clauses.

In D , "and also" is redundant.
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Re: SC..no idea..tough one [#permalink] New post 14 May 2010, 14:31
Between C and D, I will go for option D.
D is clearer and has no modifier problem.
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