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To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, and she remained in France during the Second World War as a performer and an intelligence agent for the Resistance

A. To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate
B. For Joshephine baker, long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, paris was her home
C. Joshephine baker made Paris her home long before to be an expatriate was fashionable expatriate
D. Long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, Josephine Baker made Paris her home
E. Long before it was fashionable being an expatriate, Paris was home to Josephine Baker
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This is parallelism question. Second part of sentence has "she" as subject and immediately followed by the verb in past tense. So first part should also have Josephine Baker as suject that should be immediately followed by past tense verb.

A. To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate
This sentence has Paris as its subject and so incorrect.

B. For Joshephine baker, long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, paris was her home
"paris was her home" and "for Josephine Baker" are redundant anyone of these two phrase is required.

C. Joshephine baker made Paris her home long before to be an expatriate was fashionable
"long before..." is an awkawrd construction.

D. Long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, Josephine Baker made Paris her home
Seems correct.

E. Long before it was fashionable being an expatriate, Paris was home to Josephine Baker
"Paris" is subject of this sentence and "Being" is unnecessary.

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01 Jun 2008, 08:38
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this one is quite unclear ... none of the answers is really straight forward! where are our experts?
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note that in option C i have removed the second "expatriate" since i think its a typo

jimmyjamesdonkey wrote:
To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, and she remained in France during the Second World War as a performer and an intelligence agent for the Resistance

A. To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate her is redundant, and this sentence makes it sound that "fasionable to be an expatriate" was something JB did/wanted. It has no clear referrent
B. For Joshephine baker, long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, paris was her home what does "it" refer to?
C. Joshephine baker made Paris her home long before to be an expatriate was fashionable correct
D. Long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, Josephine Baker made Paris her home "it" seems to refer to JB (the subject)
E. Long before it was fashionable being an expatriate, Paris was home to Josephine Baker "it" seems to refer to Paris (the subject)

C

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D,

This is subject-verb agreement problem.
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Two independent sentences are coordinated using “and”. The subject of the second sentence “She” and it would be clear if the Subject of the first sentence clarifies “She”.

A. To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate [ Paris … and She … not clear and Parallel – eliminate it]
B. For Joshephine baker, long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, paris was her home [ Paris … and She … not clear and Parallel – eliminate it]
C. Joshephine baker made Paris her home long before to be an expatriate was fashionable expatriate [o be an expatriate was fashionable expatriate – awkward – eliminate it]
D. Long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, Josephine Baker made Paris her home [Hold it]
E. Long before it was fashionable being an expatriate, Paris was home to Josephine Baker [ Paris … and She … not clear and Parallel – eliminate it]

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note that in option C i have removed the second "expatriate" since i think its a typo

jimmyjamesdonkey wrote:
To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, and she remained in France during the Second World War as a performer and an intelligence agent for the Resistance

A. To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate her is redundant, and this sentence makes it sound that "fasionable to be an expatriate" was something JB did/wanted. It has no clear referrent
B. For Joshephine baker, long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, paris was her home what does "it" refer to?
C. Joshephine baker made Paris her home long before to be an expatriate was fashionable correct
D. Long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, Josephine Baker made Paris her home "it" seems to refer to JB (the subject)
E. Long before it was fashionable being an expatriate, Paris was home to Josephine Baker "it" seems to refer to Paris (the subject)

C

*disclaimer, i am at work and don't have my OG, so i could be wrong

Option C is wrong, reason 'long before...' is refering to home not Joshephine....
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23 May 2011, 09:24
D it is. The first statement clearly refers to JB. Its a modifier issue.
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Need to discuss the options, specially regarding "If"
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31 Aug 2012, 19:25
What does "it" refer to here in D??

I understand it's Paris but is there pronoun ambiguity?
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What does "it" refer to here in D??

I understand it's Paris but is there pronoun ambiguity?

IMO "it" works as a placeholder here. It is not referring to any noun.
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13 May 2013, 14:52
I eliminated D because of pronoun ambiguity. After reviewing the OA, it seems "it" can show up before its antecedent. So long as there is only one possible "antecedent" ? Is this the correct reasoning?
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ex-It is high time I get a good score? So if this sentence is correct. I guess the construction is similar to this
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10 Aug 2013, 02:32
WHY C is wrong?

og explains that C is wrong because the inversion is aukward.

I infer that "to do " as subject is not prefered

and

is prefered.

is my thinking correct?, experts, please,explain this point.
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vietmoi999 wrote:
WHY C is wrong?

og explains that C is wrong because the inversion is aukward.

I infer that "to do " as subject is not prefered

and

is prefered.

is my thinking correct?, experts, please,explain this point.

To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, and she remained in France during the Second World War as a performer and an intelligence agent for the Resistance

if you fit option C in sentence:

C. Joshephine baker made Paris her home long before to be an expatriate was fashionable expatriate,and she remained in France during the Second World War as a performer and an intelligence agent for the Resistance
is that sounds correct.
before it was fashionable to be an expatriate was fashinable expatriate.

i think clause cannot be the object of a sentence.
moreover an expatriate was fashinable expatriate==>this is completely awkward too.

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This is tricky, if you understand the word " expatriate" actually means a person, then the problem is easy.
If not, you might think D has modifer error.

C structure looks correct, but meaning not as originally intended.
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jimmyjamesdonkey wrote:
To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, and she remained in France during the Second World War as a performer and an intelligence agent for the Resistance

A. To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate
B. For Joshephine baker, long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, paris was her home
C. Joshephine baker made Paris her home long before to be an expatriate was fashionable expatriate
D. Long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, Josephine Baker made Paris her home
E. Long before it was fashionable being an expatriate, Paris was home to Josephine Baker

Betweem B and D:

B) "For Josephine.. Paris was her home" just doesn't sound right. We already know "her" refers to Josephine, and the addition of "her" in this place is just awkward. Also, the "for" in the beginning kind of distorts the intended meaning of the author.

D) First we're given an inessential clause, then Josephine is introduced and the rest of the underlined portion is parallel to "she remained in France" .. So D is correct
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Hi e-gmat,

I am wondering if there are any other others in this sentence except the one that OG has pointed out, that is 2 independent clauses when connected by ', and' are most clear when their subject is same.

Can you please help me here ? Also, In D answer choice since opening modifier is about Paris, doesnt it seem to be modifying 'Josephin Baker' rather than Paris ?
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Hi e-gmat,

I am wondering if there are any other others in this sentence except the one that OG has pointed out, that is 2 independent clauses when connected by ', and' are most clear when their subject is same.

Can you please help me here ? Also, In D answer choice since opening modifier is about Paris, doesnt it seem to be modifying 'Josephin Baker' rather than Paris ?

Hi there,

Thank you for posting your query here.

The parallelism error between the two clauses seems to be the only grammatical error in option A, but you can also see this as a meaning issue. The subject of the sentence should be Josephine Baker, since the main point of the sentence is to tell us something about her. This focus is lost when Paris is made the subject of the sentence.

Modifiers about time periods tell us when the subject performed an action; they don't describe the subject itself. This modifier could theoretically be replaced by a modifier such as the following: In 1940, Josephine Baker made Paris her home. Here, the time period doesn't have to tell us more about the subject; it merely tells us about the time in which she performed a certain action. The modifier in option D functions in pretty much the same way: it tells us when Baker made Paris her home.

I hope this helps to clarify your doubts!

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jimmyjamesdonkey wrote:
To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, and she remained in France during the Second World War as a performer and an intelligence agent for the Resistance

Sentence presents two facts about JB-
1) To JB, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate
2) she remained in France during the Second World War as a performer and an intelligence agent for the Resistance

Structure: Noun phrase, clause1 and clause2.
To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate[/u], and she remained in France during the Second World War as a performer and an intelligence agent for the Resistance

JB is the subject of both the parts. "and" indicates parallelism and for meaning clarity, these clauses should be parallel. In other words, the subject pronoun "she" should refer to the subject noun of the preceding clause and hence JB should be the subject of the first clause.

A. To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate- JB should be the subject of the former clause

'her' is redundant.

B. For Joshephine baker, long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, paris was her home- JB should be the subject of the former clause

Structure: noun phrase, modifier, clause 1 and clause 2 - placement of introductory elements is bad

C. Joshephine baker made Paris her home long before to be an expatriate was fashionable

Structure: Clause 1 modifier and clause 2

The construction is reversed.

D. Long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, Josephine Baker made Paris her home

Structure: Modifier, Clause 1 and Clause 2- Looks good!

E. Long before it was fashionable being an expatriate, Paris was home to Josephine Baker- JB should be the subject of the former clause

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