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A little-known fact from Michelangelo’s early years as an artist

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A little-known fact from Michelangelo’s early years as an artist is that he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique, and sold it for far more than it was actually worth.

(A) he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(B) his 1496 statue was a forgery, which was treated with acid to make it look like an antique

(C) he forged a statue in 1496 that was treated with acid, making it look like an antique

(D) Michelangelo forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(E) a statue treated with acid to make it look like an antique was forged in 1496

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A little-known fact from Michelangelo’s early years as an artist is that he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique, and sold it for far more than it was actually worth.

(A) he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(B) his 1496 statue was a forgery, which was treated with acid to make it look like an antique

(C) he forged a statue in 1496 that was treated with acid, making it look like an antique

(D) Michelangelo forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(E) a statue treated with acid to make it look like an antique was forged in 1496



Why is A not correct? He can only refer to Michelangelo so it is unambiguous for me.
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A little-known fact from Michelangelo’s early years as an artist is that he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique, and sold it for far more than it was actually worth.

(A) he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(B) his 1496 statue was a forgery, which was treated with acid to make it look like an antique

(C) he forged a statue in 1496 that was treated with acid, making it look like an antique

(D) Michelangelo forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(E) a statue treated with acid to make it look like an antique was forged in 1496


Kindly correct me if i am wrong.


(A) he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique--->There is no reference for he because 'Michelangelo’s' is not noun.

(B) his 1496 statue was a forgery, which was treated with acid to make it look like an antique--->1. Meaning error it seems like his total 1496 statues were forgery
2.same error as option 1


(C) he forged a statue in 1496 that was treated with acid, making it look like an antique --->1.incorrect reference of that..
2.same error as option 1

(D) Michelangelo forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique-->correct

(E) a statue treated with acid to make it look like an antique was forged in 1496 -->this changed the original context of the sentence.
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A little-known fact from Michelangelo’s early years as an artist is that he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique, and sold it for far more than it was actually worth.

(A) he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(B) his 1496 statue was a forgery, which was treated with acid to make it look like an antique

(C) he forged a statue in 1496 that was treated with acid, making it look like an antique

(D) Michelangelo forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(E) a statue treated with acid to make it look like an antique was forged in 1496



Why is A not correct? He can only refer to Michelangelo so it is unambiguous for me.


Hi ,

'he' is incorrectly referring to Michelangelo’s
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A little-known fact from Michelangelo’s early years as an artist is that he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique, and sold it for far more than it was actually worth.

(A) he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(B) his 1496 statue was a forgery, which was treated with acid to make it look like an antique

(C) he forged a statue in 1496 that was treated with acid, making it look like an antique

(D) Michelangelo forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(E) a statue treated with acid to make it look like an antique was forged in 1496



Why is A not correct? He can only refer to Michelangelo so it is unambiguous for me.


Because possessive noun can only refer to possessive pronoun. "Michelangelo’s early years" is a possessive noun. He can not refer to Michelangelo’s.
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A little-known fact from Michelangelo’s early years as an artist is that he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique, and sold it for far more than it was actually worth.

(A) he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(B) his 1496 statue was a forgery, which was treated with acid to make it look like an antique

(C) he forged a statue in 1496 that was treated with acid, making it look like an antique

(D) Michelangelo forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

(E) a statue treated with acid to make it look like an antique was forged in 1496


As per Manhattan SC guide there is rule that possessive nouns are not nouns .
Here is the excerpt from Manhattan SC Guide that should help

"Just as possessive nouns are often dangerous with regard to pronoun reference, they are also
dangerous in sentences with modifiers. Misplaced modifiers sometimes appear in sentences
that have possessive nouns (nouns that end in s or l).
Wrong: Unskilled in complex math. Bill's ~. on the exam was poor.
Here, the modifier unskilled in complex math should describe Bill. However, this modifier
cannot "reach inside" the possessive form Bill's and modify Bill. As it stands, the sentence is
saying that BillS score itself is unskilled in complex math. This meaning is not what the
author intended. To solve the problem, we should replace the possessive Bills score with Bill.
Right: Unskilled in complex math. Bill did not score well on the exam.
Do not ignore the noun development or other abstract nouns. They follow the same rules as
all other nouns: modifiers that touch them should be intended to modify them.
"
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Meaning Analysis

The sentence presents some historical facts about Michelangelo. The sentence begins by stating a fact about Michelangelo’s early years as an artist. Michelangelo forged a statue in 1496. The sentence then provides additional information about how he forged it: he treated it with acid to make it look like an antique. He sold this statue for far more than its actual value.

Error Analysis

The pronoun “he” logically refers to the noun “Michelangelo”. This is a grammatical error since this noun is not present in the sentence, which uses the possessive form “Michelangelo’s”.
Quote:
A) he forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

Incorrect: This choice has the error pointed out in the error analysis.

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B) his 1496 statue was a forgery, which was treated with acid to make it look like an antique

Incorrect:
1) The passive verb “was treated” does not convey the meaning that Michelangelo himself treated the statue with acid.

2) The verbs “was” and “sold” are not logically parallel, leading to a nonsensical meaning. The sentence now states that “his 1496 statue was a forgery… and sold it.” The statue clearly did not perform the action of selling itself.
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C) he forged a statue in 1496 that was treated with acid, making it look like an antique

Incorrect:
1) This choice has the same pronoun error as option A does.

2) Like Choice B, this choice also uses the passive verb “was treated”, leading to a meaning error.
Quote:
D) Michelangelo forged a statue in 1496, treating it with acid to make it look like an antique

Correct: This choice is the correct answer as it fixes the pronoun error of option A by using the noun “Michelangelo”.
Quote:
E) a statue treated with acid to make it look like an antique was forged in 1496

Incorrect:
1) This option does not make it clear that Michelangelo himself forged the statue.

2) It also repeats the parallelism error of Choice B since the verbs “was” and “sold” are not logically parallel to each other.
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More on possessive pronoun and its ;) usage
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-tuesday ... 67929.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/use-of-posse ... 49996.html
https://gmatclub.com/blog/2010/01/posse ... r-cohorts/
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IMO D.

A and C -- Usage of he for possessive.

B and E -- Change in meaning.
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