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# Use of THE after Verb-ing ?

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03 Jun 2013, 22:34
This question taken from MGMAT Sentence Correction book.

a)She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, every day watering the more than 50
plants in her yard.

b)She is the most dedicated gardener on the block,every day watering more than the 50 plants in her yard

In the above sentence (a), why is "the" used after watering . Wont the sentence be correct even without using the, say
?
She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, every dav watering more than 50 plants in her yard" ?
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This question taken from MGMAT Sentence Correction book.

a)She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, every day watering the more than 50
plants in her yard.

b)She is the most dedicated gardener on the block,every day watering more than the 50 plants in her yard

In the above sentence (a), why is "the" used after watering . Wont the sentence be correct even without using the, say
?
She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, every dav watering more than 50 plants in her yard" ?

In the first sentence, the phrase "more than 50" acts as a modifier for the object "plants". When you remove this modifier the sentence would be -
She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, everyday watering the plants in her yard. --> which still makes sense.

Consider now that "the" is removed from the sentence -
She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, everyday watering plants in her yard.

This sentence is awkward enough to be GMAT wrong.
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divdaisyhill1 wrote:
This question taken from MGMAT Sentence Correction book.

a)She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, every day watering the more than 50
plants in her yard.

b)She is the most dedicated gardener on the block,every day watering more than the 50 plants in her yard

In the above sentence (a), why is "the" used after watering . Wont the sentence be correct even without using the, say
?
She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, every dav watering more than 50 plants in her yard" ?

This is not a matter of correct or incorrect, it's an issue of meaning. When you say "watering the more than 50 plants" you are stating that she watered her plants and there happens to be more than 50 (agreeing with koolpraps modifier comment above). When you remove "the" and say "watering more than 50 plants" the meaning is changed significantly. Now you don't have a real sense of how many plants she has (perhaps thousands?) and so you don't know if she watered them all - you just know she watered more than 50.

With the GMAT getting more focused on meaning questions, make yourself aware of how the inclusion/placement of little words ('the' in this case) can impact the meaning of a sentence.

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04 Jun 2013, 04:23
divdaisyhill1 wrote:
This question taken from MGMAT Sentence Correction book.

a)She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, every day watering the more than 50
plants in her yard.

b)She is the most dedicated gardener on the block,every day watering more than the 50 plants in her yard

In the above sentence (a), why is "the" used after watering . Wont the sentence be correct even without using the, say
?
She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, every dav watering more than 50 plants in her yard" ?

If you read the sentence (b) it seems like there is some comparison being made incorrectly - "watering more than the..." more than what? That's the error . It might have made sense if there was another part of the sentence, something like
"Watering more than the 50 plants assigned to her daily..."or something.

Hope it helps.
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30 Jun 2014, 21:10
I have a doubt.

I have understood the use of 'the' in the first sentence.
I can see a different error in the sentence : misplaced modifier.

According to the sentence,
She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, every dav watering the more than 50
plants in her yard.

Doesn't the above sentence imply that the 'block' is performing the action of 'watering' ?

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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03 Jul 2014, 11:08
parul1591 wrote:
I have a doubt.

I have understood the use of 'the' in the first sentence.
I can see a different error in the sentence : misplaced modifier.

According to the sentence,
She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, every dav watering the more than 50
plants in her yard.

Doesn't the above sentence imply that the 'block' is performing the action of 'watering' ?

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Thank you

No block is not the subject here. It is fairly clear.
To make the sentence slightly better, I would frame it like:

She is the most dedicated gardener on the block, watering the more than 50 plants in her yard every day.

The noun modifier can be slightly far away from the noun, and that's okay.

Here is a great article by the folks at e-GMAT
noun-noun-modifiers-the-most-versatile-modifier-137292.html
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