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The Glass House Mountains in Queensland, Australia,were [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 03:59
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The Glass House Mountains in Queensland, Australia,were sighted in 1770 by the English navigator Captain James Cook, by whom they were named supposedlybecause its sheer wet rocks glistened like glass.

(A) by whom they were named supposedly because its
(B) by whom they were named supposedly and their
(C) naming them supposedly since their
(D) who so named them supposedly because their
(E) who so named it since supposedly their

In D and E, I don't clearly understand the meaning or sense of SO. Could someone please explain? Thanks!
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Re: Use of SO [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 05:19
IMHO so here is there for the sole purpose to refer back to the name glass house mountains else the sentence would read
who named them supposedly because - may be he named them something else and later they were given the present name, then the sentecne makes no sense.
This is wht i think, i may well be wrong.
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Re: Use of SO [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 07:01
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The English navigator Captain James Cook named the mountains in Queensland, Australia as the Glass House Mountains; he named the mountains so because their sheer wet rocks glistened like glass.
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Re: Use of SO [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2011, 00:39
guys, why cant we use C here?

cant we use Ving to remove Who?
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Re: Use of SO [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2011, 17:54
i picked B, and clearly it was wrong!, can some explain the difference between 'by whom' and 'who so named'
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Re: Use of SO [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2011, 22:19
B- is implying that there are two things which are joined by and.name and their wet glass aren't two things.

he named them because of their wet glass
A- is wrong .pronoun doesn't agree with plural antecedent
B- implying two separate things "named and their"
C-naming is ambiguous
D-precisely implicit the idea CORRECT[highlight][/highlight]
E-It doesn't has any antecedent.and vague
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Re: The Glass House Mountains in Queensland, Australia,were [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2012, 18:13
I picked the answer D in this case:

Answer choices A and E are out because of subject verb agreement. The pronoun "its" in choice A does no agree with the subject Mountains. The pronoun "it" in choice E does not agree with the subject Mountains either.

I took out answer choice C because "naming" seems to describe the entire main clause. However, you actually want James Cook to be the subject who named the Glass House Mountains, so this answer choice didn't make sense to me.

The answer choice in B is in passive voice. This alone isn't justification for ruling out this answer choice; however, you want James Cook to be the subject in the subordinate clause and since "whom" is always an object, I ruled this answer out.

This left me with choice D, which I feel clearly expresses the intended meaning and is grammatically correct.
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Re: The Glass House Mountains in Queensland, Australia,were [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2012, 23:04
The Glass House Mountains in Queensland, Australia,were sighted in 1770 by the English navigator Captain James Cook, by whom they were named supposedlybecause its sheer wet rocks glistened like glass.

(A) by whom they were named supposedly because its --- its refer to Glass Mountains S/V
(B) by whom they were named supposedly and their --- and is not appropriate
(C) naming them supposedly since their --- Naming will modify the whole previous clause which is inappropriate.
(D) who so named them supposedly because their
(E) who so named it since supposedly their --- it refers to plural Glass Mountains
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Re: The Glass House Mountains in Queensland, Australia,were [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 01:36
"James Cook sighted the mountains , naming them supposedly because of their ... "

Would this structure be correct ? I have a huge problem understanding the proper usage of these participles.
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