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The plot of The Bostonians centers on the rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with her charming and cynical cousin. Basil Ransom, when they find themselves drawn to the same radiant young woman whose talent for public speaking has won her an ardent following.

(A) rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with her charming and cynical cousin, Basil Ransom

(B) rivals Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, against her charming and cynical cousin, Basil Ransom

(C) rivalry that develops between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, and Basil Ransom, her charming and cynical cousin

(D) developing rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with Basil Ransom, her charming and cynical cousin

(E) active feminist. Olive Chancellor, and the rivalry with her charming and cynical cousin Basil Ransom
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Re: The plot of The Bostonians centers......... [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2010, 05:35
The correct answer is C.

Idiom - Between X and Y (not X with Y) - exclude A, D.

B. Rivalry - not rivals. The phrase is about the rivalry.
E. The plot concerns the rivalry not the feminist.
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Re: The plot of The Bostonians centers on the rivalry between [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2013, 12:38
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(A) rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist,with her charming and cynical cousin Basil Ransom, - Incorrect Idiom

(B)rivals Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, against her charming and cynical cousin, - Incorrect Idiom

C) rivalry that develops between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, and Basil Ransom, her charming and cynical cousin, - Correct

(D) developing rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with Basil Ransom, her charming and cynical cousin, - Incorrect Idiom

(E) active feminist, Olive Chancellor, and the rivalry with her charming and cynical cousin Basil Ransom - change in meaning. This option incorrectly links Olive Chancellor and rivalry, making the usage of "they" suspect


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Re: The plot of The Bostonians centers on the rivalry between [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2013, 10:34
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The plot of The Bostonians centers on the rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with her charming and cynical cousin. Basil Ransom, when they find themselves drawn to the same radiant young woman whose talent for public speaking has won her an ardent following.

(A) rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with her charming and cynical cousin, Basil Ransom

(B) rivals Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, against her charming and cynical cousin, Basil Ransom

(C) rivalry that develops between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, and Basil Ransom, her charming and cynical cousin

(D) developing rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with Basil Ransom, her charming and cynical cousin

(E) active feminist. Olive Chancellor, and the rivalry with her charming and cynical cousin Basil Ransom



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[Reveal] Spoiler:
C
can some one please explain me her is referring to whom.. isn't it leading to pronoun ambiguity.?

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Re: The plot of The Bostonians centers on the rivalry between [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2013, 10:49
veenu08 wrote:
pzazz12 wrote:
The plot of The Bostonians centers on the rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with her charming and cynical cousin. Basil Ransom, when they find themselves drawn to the same radiant young woman whose talent for public speaking has won her an ardent following.

(A) rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with her charming and cynical cousin, Basil Ransom

(B) rivals Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, against her charming and cynical cousin, Basil Ransom

(C) rivalry that develops between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, and Basil Ransom, her charming and cynical cousin

(D) developing rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with Basil Ransom, her charming and cynical cousin

(E) active feminist. Olive Chancellor, and the rivalry with her charming and cynical cousin Basil Ransom



In option
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C
can some one please explain me her is referring to whom.. isn't it leading to pronoun ambiguity.?

Regards,
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Concept Tested: Idioms -> Between X and Y

A: rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with her charming and cynical cousin, Basil Ransom
B: distorts meaning
C: rivalry that develops between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, and Basil Ransom, her charming and cynical cousin
Just remove the additional info and focus on the main X (Olive Chancellor) and Y (Basil Ransom). her is followed by a comma and is correctly referring to the closest noun Basil Ransom.
D: developing rivalry between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, with Basil Ransom,her charming and cynical cousin
E: active feminist Olive Chancellor, and the rivalry with her charming and cynical cousin Basil Ransom => distorts meaning

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Re: The plot of The Bostonians centers on the rivalry between   [#permalink] 22 Aug 2013, 10:49
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