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The record of the past is always incomplete, and the historian who writes about it
inevitably reflects
the preoccupations of their own time.
(A) the historian who writes about it inevitably reflects
(B) the historian writing about it will inevitably reflect
(C) a historian writing about it inevitably reflects
(D) writing about it, it is inevitable for historians to reflect
(E) historians in writing about it inevitable reflect

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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 07:23
The record of the past is always incomplete, and the historian who writes about it
inevitably reflects the preoccupations of [url]their[/url] own time.
(A) the historian who writes about it inevitably reflects
(B) the historian writing about it will inevitably reflect
(C) a historian writing about it inevitably reflects
(D) writing about it, it is inevitable for historians to reflect
(E) historians in writing about it inevitable reflect

because the main st used " their" > historian must be historians
we can eliminate ABC
D is wordy
E left
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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 07:35
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First thing, let us decide wither it is inevitable or inevitably. Can an adjective inevitable modify a verb reflect? Plain wrong.
A, B and C are out becos of the singular historian not tallying with their in the non-underlined part. D is left
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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 07:47
Got it wrong on first go. Chose B
was not able to understand fully. the question and statements are bit garbled.

on second attempt, D looks ok
we need historians for 'their'; therefore A,B,C out.

between D & E
"inevitable reflect" is incorrect. we need inevitably

E is the Answer
the first 'it' refers to "record of the past" . . and . . second 'it' acts like a placeholder to postpone the "infinitive subject" . . seems justified, though clumsy



‘IT’ used as a PLACEHOLDER
IT is a word that doesn't refer to anything but serve a placeholder so that the sentence can express its meaning

Used rightly: Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are necessary only in the South
To postpone “that clause”: As machines replaced human labor, it was widely anticipated that the workweek would continue to become shorter. . . placeholder IT has delayed the use of that clause; “that the workweek would continue to become shorter”
To postpone infinitive subjects: IT is futile To resist temptation
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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 07:59
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between D & E

"inevitable reflect" is incorrect. we need inevitably

E is the Answer

the first 'it' refers to "record of the past" . . and . . second 'it' acts like a placeholder to postpone the "infinitive subject" . . seems justified, though clumsy


Only D has inevitably reflect; E has inevitable reflect. Is your choie of E a typo?”
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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 08:00
does "inevitable" modify "reflect" ? It seems that this adjective modifies the verb or i am wrong ?
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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 08:04
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between D & E

"inevitable reflect" is incorrect. we need inevitably

E is the Answer

the first 'it' refers to "record of the past" . . and . . second 'it' acts like a placeholder to postpone the "infinitive subject" . . seems justified, though clumsy


Only D has inevitably reflect; E has inevitable reflect. Is your choie of E a typo?”



yes typo!

i meant; when choosing between D & E -> we can drop E, because 'inevetiable' cannot modify 'reflect' . . whereas in D, use of inevitable is correct. so i think!!
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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 11:14
+1 E

"it is inevitable...." is wordy.
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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 16:40
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+1 E

"it is inevitable...." is wordy.



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what has wordiness got to do with the problem? concision is never a priority over grammar and meaning. Isin't 'inevitable reflect' simply wrong! it makes no sense.

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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 17:50
is the OA is E or D?
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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 05:15
in my view, the correct answer is E.
The major flaw of "D" is that it fails to rightly place "historians", which is modified by "writing about it". "Historians" should be place right after "writing about it".
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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 06:34
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+1 E

"it is inevitable...." is wordy.



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what has wordiness got to do with the problem? concision is never a priority over grammar and meaning. Isin't 'inevitable reflect' simply wrong! it makes no sense.

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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 06:43
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metallicafan wrote:
+1 E

"it is inevitable...." is wordy.



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what has wordiness got to do with the problem? concision is never a priority over grammar and meaning. Isin't 'inevitable reflect' simply wrong! it makes no sense.

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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2011, 20:52
If OA is E.. My question is can "inevitable" modify "reflect" i.e. Can an adjective modifiy the verb??
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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 02:52
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Is there a typo in Choice E? Some other forums say 'inevitably reflect’, in which case, E is the answer. Which is the correct version? Will the original poster help us?
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Re: verb modifier ? [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 04:00
Man i'm sure it looks like a typo here.. Otherwise i'll have to reread modifiers thinking that i'm pretty much messed them!! :lol:
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Re: The record of the past is always incomplete, and the [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2012, 23:05
A , B n C are out Sub-Verb error
OUT of D n E, D is better
E IMO has a typo.
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