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New post 29 Nov 2010, 05:25
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A) a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a
ROBERT BOYLE ISNOT A TIMEPERIOD THAT CAN BE USED TO COMPARE USING "SINCE"

B) a critique of all chemistry following Robert Boyle and also his envisioning of a
"FOLLOWING" BETTER CLARIFIES THE MEANING THAT SUCH A CRITIQUE WAS PROBABLY ALSO WRITTEN BY ROBERT BOYLE AND DAVY FOLLOWED THE SAME.
"VISION" AND "ENVISION" HAVE A DIFFERENCE(GOOGLE IT OUT).IM SURE,WE WILL
SEE THAT ENVISION IS A BETTER OPTION.
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C) a critique of all chemistry after Robert Boyke and envisioning as well
D) critiquing all chemistry from Robert Boyle forward and also a vision of
E) critiquing akk the chemistring done since Robert Boyke as wekk as his own envisioning of

In B, what can 1 convey by saying "chemistry following a person"I find the idea a bit absurd .and envision is a verb i think.
Envisioning is a gerund .Can some 1 find his envisioning of something .Looking for opinions.
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Choice B gives an erroneous feeling that the critique is following Robert Boyle and Robert Boyle’s envisioning. Still more skeptics may say, ‘ his’ has no proper antecedent can mean either Boyles’ or Davy’s envisioning. It is safe to avoid it
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The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy presented the results of his early experiments in his "Essay on Heat and Light", a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a new chemistry that Davy hoped to found.

(A) a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a
(B) a critique of all chemistry following Robert Boyle and also his envisioning of a
(C) a critique of all chemistry after Robert Boyle and envisioning as well
(D) critiquing all chemistry from Robert Boyle forward and also a vision of
(E) critiquing all the chemistry done since Robert Boyle as well as his own envisioning of


Nothing wrong with the original sentence. A for me.
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A. the sentence after the comma has to modify “Essay on Heat and Light”. So the only options were A, B and C. To stay parallel with critique in the sentence, it needs a noun which "Vision" fits perfectly.

correct me if this is wrong.
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Why does "critique" have to modify "Essay"? Can't it be:

"The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy presented the results..... critiquing...." ?
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The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry davy presented the results of his early experiments in his "Eassay on Heat and Light", a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a new chemistry that Davy hoped to found.

A) a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a
B) a critique of all chemistry following Robert Boyle and also his envisioning of a ambigious pronoun, not sure if this referes to Boyle or Davy
C) a critique of all chemistry after Robert Boyle and envisioning as well
D) critiquing all chemistry from Robert Boyle forward and also a vision of
E) critiquing the chemistring done since Robert Boyle as as his own envisioning of


Even the correct sentence contains ambiguity. Found can mean the present tense verb discover as well as being the past tense of find. The question I got via rss contains find as the last word, which completely changes the correct answer...
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B: "his" envisioning => ambiguous, Davy's or Bole's ?
C, D and E: parallelism problem

Answer A
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I think the underlined portion is being modified and not the person...
So i choose A over all other answers....
D E are totally wrong ....
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I choose A,
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I have chosen A for this question:

A. This answer choice solves the parallelism issues - a critique and a vision are good. They have removed the word "his" so that this sentence is less ambiguous.

B. Parallelism issues are present here - a critique and envisioning are not parallel. Also, "his" is ambiguous because we are not sure whether it refers to Humphry Davy or Robert Boyle.

C. Parallelism issue again - a critique and envisioning.

D. Parallelism issue here - critiquing and a vision. Also, the use of "critiquing" to start the clause is very confusing because this modifier seems to modify the preceding clause, but this does not make any sense.

E. The verb-ing "critiquing" can either describe or present a result of the preceding clause. It definitely does neither, so the use of this modifier is incorrect. Also, "his" is ambiguous.
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The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy presented the results of his early experiments in his "Essay on Heat and Light", a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a new chemistry that Davy hoped to found.

(A) a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a
(B) a critique of all chemistry following Robert Boyle and also his envisioning of a
(C) a critique of all chemistry after Robert Boyle and envisioning as well
(D) critiquing all chemistry from Robert Boyle forward and also a vision of
(E) critiquing all the chemistry done since Robert Boyle as well as his own envisioning of

SPOILER ALERT!

Without giving away the answer - i had narrowed it down to A & E (eliminated the rest b/c of parallelism).

My question is - what is the different between "Davy presented his essay, a critique..." vs. "Davy presented his essay, critiquing..." Can I choose an answer only based on these two things? There is a ton of ambiguity with E but my question still stands.

I used a semi-guess to choose A because I figured that "a critique" would modify the subject right before the comma and in this case, it was his essay. Is that poor reasoning?

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Just gor for Paralellism.
Its a Noun / Noun-Paralellism --> a critique, a vision

So probably A
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Guys let me give a simpler explanation, I always look at the conjunction and ensure both sides are parallel. In this case only A does that

In this case B, C and D are not parallel. E is awkward and wordy

A is the answer
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In B, his is ambiguous. It can refer to Robert Boyle.
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The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy presented the results of his early experiments in his "Essay on Heat and Light", a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a new chemistry that Davy hoped to found.

"Essay on Heat and Light", a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle
as well as
"Essay on Heat and Light", a vision of a new chemistry that Davy hoped to found.

How an essay can be a vision???
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MisterEko wrote:
Why does "critique" have to modify "Essay"? Can't it be:

"The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy presented the results..... critiquing...." ?


Official Explanation:
The main objective of the sentence is to describe "Essay on Heat and Light" as Davy's presentation of his own experiments and to further explain that the essay served as both a critique of previous chemistry and a vision of anew kind of chemistry. The clearest, most effective form for providing this explanation of the essay's function is to make critique and vision both appositives of "Essay on Heat and LIght", and to present them in a parallel structure.

Makes sense, but not easy to spot in my view.
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mrsmarthi wrote:
The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy presented the results of his early experiments in his "Essay on Heat and Light", a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a new chemistry that Davy hoped to found.

(A) a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a
(B) a critique of all chemistry following Robert Boyle and also his envisioning of a
(C) a critique of all chemistry after Robert Boyle and envisioning as well
(D) critiquing all chemistry from Robert Boyle forward and also a vision of
(E) critiquing all the chemistry done since Robert Boyle as well as his own envisioning of



"A critique of all chemistry" is modifying Humphry Davy which has been placed far away or is it modifying "Essay on Heat and Light"
Is it correct usage to modify Humphry Davy which lies far away from the modifier? Please help.. Got confused in this passage
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mrsmarthi wrote:
The nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy presented the results of his early experiments in his "Essay on Heat and Light", a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a new chemistry that Davy hoped to found.

(A) a critique of all chemistry since Robert Boyle as well as a vision of a
(B) a critique of all chemistry following Robert Boyle and also his envisioning of a
(C) a critique of all chemistry after Robert Boyle and envisioning as well
(D) critiquing all chemistry from Robert Boyle forward and also a vision of
(E) critiquing all the chemistry done since Robert Boyle as well as his own envisioning of


when noun exists, we use noun, not "doing " as a noun. B is inferior.
but there is a problem in A.

since Robert Boyle, is not logic. we say "since+a point of time" we do not use since+name of persons. this logicness is focus point of gmat sc.
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