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13 Sep 2007, 19:41
To Joshephine baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, and she remained in france during the second WW as a performer and an intelligence agent for the resistance.

A.To Joshephine 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, Joshephine baker made Paris her home before
E. Long before it was fashionable being an expatriate, Paris was home to Joshephine baker

Taken from OG11 Q46 Please explain why use of IT without clear antecedent is correct in Choice 'D' .

Isn't "it" should have clear antecedent?

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14 Sep 2007, 10:37
humtum0 wrote:
To Joshephine baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, and she remained in france during the second WW as a performer and an intelligence agent for the resistance.

A.To Joshephine 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, Joshephine baker made Paris her home before
E. Long before it was fashionable being an expatriate, Paris was home to Joshephine baker

Taken from OG11 Q46 Please explain why use of IT without clear antecedent is correct in Choice 'D' .

Isn't "it" should have clear antecedent?

If it had been so, GMAC could not have thought out so many tricky questions with "it". I think "it" can or cannot have clear antecedent depending on the context (here it is not necessary). By the way you have a mistake in D => you should get rid of the last before!!!
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14 Sep 2007, 10:46
it is a syntactic expletive.
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14 Sep 2007, 10:59
To Joshephine baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, and she remained in france during the second WW as a performer and an intelligence agent for the resistance.

A.To Joshephine 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, Joshephine baker made Paris her home before

it refers to a timer period that was long before../..

E. Long before it was fashionable being an expatriate, Paris was home to Joshephine baker
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15 Sep 2007, 22:14
bmwhype2 wrote:
it is a syntactic expletive.

can you elaborate on this BMW... lol

To Joshephine baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate, and she remained in france during the second WW as a performer and an intelligence agent for the resistance.

A.To Joshephine 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, Joshephine baker made Paris her home before
E. Long before it was fashionable being an expatriate, Paris was home to Joshephine baker

A. unclear what the sentence is trying to say. What does it refer to? Paris? to be an expatriate?
B. this creates a run on sentence
C. wordy, awkward and "long before to be an expatriate was fashionable" is ungrammatic
D. Looks Good.
E. use of being is almost 99.99% incorrect b/c being is considered wordy.

Ans D.

By placing this modifier in the beggining it refers to "the time before being an expartiate was fashionable"
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