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Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlöf was the novelist who became the first woman and was also the first Swedish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

A. Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlöf was the novelist who became the first woman and was also the first Swedish writer to win
B. She turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and novelist Selma Lagerlöf in 1909 became the first woman as well as the first Swedish writer that won
C. Selma Lagerlöf was a novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and in 1909 she became the first woman in addition to the first Swedish writer winning
D. A novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf became in 1909 the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to win
E. As a novelist, Selma Lagerlöf turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 becoming the first woman and also the first Swedish writer that won

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What a horrible sentence.

The answer must be D. I used POE; I'm a huge fan of commas and "in 1909" isn't a parenthetical clause in any of the options which annoys me a little. Fortunately, the answer choices are not equally awkward so I picked the least awkward one.

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Does not sound "and also" in D a little bit redundant?
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Could anybody answer this question please? I have seen many OE saying that and also is redundant.
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Then 'And also' redundancy?

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The phrasing "and also" is not redundant. It is used here for emphasis and clarity. Among other things, the two words are not redundant because we could not use "also" by itself in this context. We have to use "and," and "also" emphasizes something special about the conjunction.

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09 Sep 2008, 10:52
A for me.

All the other options include "turned away" for "turning away" in the modifier of the original sentence, which seems wrong.

Also, in A, the modifier is correctly placed before the subject.
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09 Sep 2008, 10:59
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A for me.

All the other options include "turned away" for "turning away" in the modifier of the original sentence, which seems wrong.

Also, in A, the modifier is correctly placed before the subject.

i think A is incorrect.

Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlöf

the comma should be immediately followed by Selma Lagerlöf.

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09 Sep 2008, 11:07
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scthakur wrote:
A for me.

All the other options include "turned away" for "turning away" in the modifier of the original sentence, which seems wrong.

Also, in A, the modifier is correctly placed before the subject.

i think A is incorrect.

Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlöf

the comma should be immediately followed by Selma Lagerlöf.

I re-looked at the question.......I will go for D. She looks awkward with "
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09 Sep 2008, 15:54
D

C is wordy and slightly awkward in using "winning"

E the start of the sentence doesn't make much sense.
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09 Sep 2008, 17:15
stallone wrote:
D

C is wordy and slightly awkward in using "winning"

E the start of the sentence doesn't make much sense.

Answer is E !!oops i overlooked winning in C an marked C as answer.

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09 Sep 2008, 19:04
spriya wrote:
stallone wrote:
D

C is wordy and slightly awkward in using "winning"

E the start of the sentence doesn't make much sense.

Answer is E !!oops i overlooked winning in C an marked C as answer.

Thanks for explanations !!

No one came up with the correct answer! E does make sense.
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09 Sep 2008, 21:54
spriya wrote:
stallone wrote:
D

C is wordy and slightly awkward in using "winning"

E the start of the sentence doesn't make much sense.

Answer is E !!oops i overlooked winning in C an marked C as answer.

Thanks for explanations !!

What is the explanation for OA? After knowing OA, E makes sense. But, not sure, why D is wrong.
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10 Sep 2008, 04:58
scthakur wrote:
spriya wrote:
stallone wrote:
D

C is wordy and slightly awkward in using "winning"

E the start of the sentence doesn't make much sense.

Answer is E !!oops i overlooked winning in C an marked C as answer.

Thanks for explanations !!

What is the explanation for OA? After knowing OA, E makes sense. But, not sure, why D is wrong.

OA is D !!
I just by mistake wrote OA as E apologies!!!
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10 Sep 2008, 05:18
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Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlöf was the novelist who became the first woman and was also the first Swedish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

A. Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlöf was the novelist who became the first woman and was also the first Swedish writer to win

B. She turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and novelist Selma Lagerlöf in 1909 became the first woman as well as the first Swedish writer that won

C. Selma Lagerlöf was a novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and in 1909 she became the first woman in addition to the first Swedish writer winning

D. A novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf became in 1909 the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to win

E. As a novelist, Selma Lagerlöf turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 becoming the first woman and also the first Swedish writer that won

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yeah, I came up with D as my answer. Here's my explanation:

(A) The sentence started with "Turning" in present participle, so you know that present participle always either modify the subject or the action made by the subject. Either way, because the present participle begins the sentence, you know that it's going to modify subject because its structure in the sentence suggest a modifying phrase. So what comes right after the comma? "in 1909" can not be the subject that is doing the turning....so wrong

(B) She turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and novelist Selma Lagerlöf in 1909 became the first woman as well as the first Swedish writer that won

The "that" in option B suggests that there is another "first Swedish writer" who didn't win the Nobel Prize for Literature? doesn't make sense

(C) "in 1909 she became the first woman in addition to the first Swedish writer"....so she became the first women??? well, that's good to know....notice that there is no main verb following this...she became the first women in what??? The "winning" is not a verb, so the main structure of the sentence ends in "in addition to the first Swedish write." doesn't complete the actual thought of the sentence.

(D) Correct....we have the modifier followed by the appropriate subject "Selma Lagerlöf." Then we have the main verb "win" following "the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to." So this option completes the structure and the thought of the sentence.

(E) "in 1909 becoming the first woman and also the first Swedish writer that won."

"in 1909" became the first women?? so now calendar years can be either males or females??? heheh....
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12 Oct 2009, 22:07
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Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlöf was the novelist who became the first woman and was also the first Swedish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

D. A novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf became in 1909 the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to win

(D) Correct....we have the modifier followed by the appropriate subject "Selma Lagerlöf." Then we have the main verb "win" following "the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to." So this option completes the structure and the thought of the sentence.

Agree to (D) yet I think that who turned away from literary realism to writing will be more appropriate construction. Am I right?
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24 Oct 2009, 15:15
spriya wrote:
stallone wrote:
D

C is wordy and slightly awkward in using "winning"

E the start of the sentence doesn't make much sense.

OA is E !!oops i overlooked winning in C an marked C as answer.

Thanks for explanations !!

OK!
I almost had a heart attack trying to convince myself E was correct, but it is OK.
hahaha

thanks, dude!
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25 Oct 2009, 11:51
I got D, couldn't believe E as OA. but thanks to correction, D is OA
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26 Oct 2009, 04:44
Was D vs E for me initially

But "that won" in E convinced me for D
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27 Oct 2009, 17:06
For me, D is the best choice

In E, ... writer that won !!! "that" must be "who"

If I remember correctly, I believe that one never uses "that" to modify people in GMAT.
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08 Feb 2010, 03:33
Does not sound "and also" in D a little bit redundant?
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11 Feb 2010, 22:28
D for me....

THis question is worth adding to the permanetn archive...and to each individua error log...
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02 Apr 2010, 07:09
Everything in D sounds good to me besides the beginning:

A novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf became in 1909 the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to win

How can the sentence start with "A novelist..."? In my opinion we have no connection with the sentence starting with "Selma Lagerlöf".

Sounds totally awkward to me!
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