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With his sub-four minute mile Bannister broke a psychological barrier, inspiring thousands of others to attempt overcoming seemingly insurmountable hurdles.

A. inspiring thousands of others to attempt overcoming
B. inspiring thousands of others to attempt to overcome
C. inspiring thousands of others to overcome
D. and inspired thousands of others to attempt to overcome
E. and inspired thousands of others to attempt overcoming
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04 Feb 2011, 09:49
I need an 'and' here.

E is out because of -ing and D is left.
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04 Feb 2011, 09:57
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I need an 'and' here.

E is out because of -ing and D is left.

Why is B incorrect? Isn't the underlined part modifying the noun and the action as a whole?
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04 Feb 2011, 09:57
I am also leaning towards B as comma is present in the non-underlined part.
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Re: Modifier SC: Debatable OA [#permalink]

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04 Feb 2011, 10:01
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I need an 'and' here.

E is out because of -ing and D is left.

Why is B incorrect? Isn't the underlined part modifying the noun and the action as a whole?

It's just my gut feeling, I'm not that good at english grammar to give an explanation

'Inspiring' is modifying 'psychological barrier' when it should modify 'Bannister' ?
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04 Feb 2011, 21:04
I don't like it either.

My choice is B too.

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Re: Modifier SC: Debatable OA [#permalink]

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The issue here is the sequence of events; whether Bannister inspired after breaking the barrier or he inspired as he broke the barrier simultaneously. As you may see, simultaneously does not make sense here. We have to take that the breaking and inspiring are two separate events and that inspiring followed breaking. Hence the need for the conjunction ‘and’

Inspiring does not just modify the barrier alone as has been remarked. It points to the entire idea that includes the breaking of the barrier; the modification is ok in B. But still B is not the answer because it expresses the sequence of breaking and inspiring simultaneously. D is the best answer
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05 Feb 2011, 00:58
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The issue here is the sequence of events; whether Bannister inspired after breaking the barrier or he inspired as he broke the barrier simultaneously. As you may see, simultaneously does not make sense here. We have to take that the breaking and inspiring are two separate events and that inspiring followed breaking. Hence the need for the conjunction ‘and’

Inspiring does not just modify the barrier alone as has been remarked. It points to the entire idea that includes the breaking of the barrier; the modification is ok in B. But still B is not the answer because it expresses the sequence of breaking and inspiring simultaneously. D is the best answer

Source is Majortests.com.

See this thread in MGMAT where a staff vouches for option B:

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/wit ... t7167.html
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04 Sep 2016, 08:10
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With his sub-four minute mile Bannister broke a psychological barrier, inspiring thousands of others to attempt overcoming seemingly insurmountable hurdles.

A. inspiring thousands of others to attempt overcoming
B. inspiring thousands of others to attempt to overcome
C. inspiring thousands of others to overcome
D. and inspired thousands of others to attempt to overcome
E. and inspired thousands of others to attempt overcoming

Between B and C, why C is incorrect?
meaning of option B -> Bannister inspired others to "attempt".....
meaning of option C -> Bannister inspired others to "overcome".....

correct me if i'm wrong.
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