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In matters of modifications or pronoun references, one can't let go logic off the sight. If the appositive 'a pioneer journalist' does not modify Nelly Bly, can it modify 'the exploits', the only other noun, logically?
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New post 03 Jul 2017, 13:56
Hi Expert,

I understand that choice B is the best choice among all the choices. However, I did not understand the usage of "circling the globe" after "included".

The exploits of Nellie Bly, a pioneer journalist, --subject
included --verb
circling the globe...--does not seem to be the object

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New post 15 Jul 2017, 16:56
Hi AR15J,

I am not an expert but let me add my two cents.
In option B, circling the globe is a verb-ing modifier modifying
the verb included. Here is the meaning aspect to help you understand better:

The exploits of Nellie Bly ,a pioneer journalist, included (included what?) (you may also erase in between
coma modifier - a pioneer journalist- to understand the sentence structure better)

exploits included two things: circling the globe and that it did faster than Jules Verne’s fictional Phileas Fogg

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Is- Nellie Bly's exploits - noun or adjective?
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A pioneer journalist, Nellie Bly's exploits included circling the globe faster than Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg

A A pioneer journalist, Nellie Bly's exploits included
B The exploits of Nellie Bly, a pioneer journalist, included
C Nellie Bly was a pioneer journalist, included
D Included in the pioneer journalist Nellie Bly's exploits are
E The pioneer journalist's exploits of Nellie Bly included


The modifier"A pioneer journalist " should modify Nellie Bly .
But in the original sentence it is modifying Exploits.
B is the correct answer with correct modifier.
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Is- Nellie Bly's exploits - noun or adjective?


It is noun .
Nellie Bly's fantastic exploits.
Here fantastic is an adjective of exploits.
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Very nice explanations, arvind910619 and adkikani! :thumbup:
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New post 17 Jul 2017, 18:12
Hi arvind910619

I would like to disagree with your here.
As per my understanding, Nellie Bly's exploits is a possessive noun.

For eg.
A widower Sara's case stirred the courts to provide justice early.

Here a widower can not refer to Sara since it is in possessive form.
I think noun modifier can not refer nouns in this form.

mikemcgarry GMATNinja can you validate my understanding?
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Hi arvind910619

I would like to disagree with your here.
As per my understanding, Nellie Bly's exploits is a possessive noun.

For eg.
A widower Sara's case stirred the courts to provide justice early.

Here a widower can not refer to Sara since it is in possessive form.
I think noun modifier can not refer nouns in this form.

mikemcgarry GMATNinja can you validate my understanding?


Hello adkikani - You are correct in saying that in the above sentence, "A widower" does not refer to Sara.

However, if you are looking errors in option A, I believe, "A pioneer journalist" in this option refers to "Nellie Bly's exploits" as a whole, or just assume "exploits". This does not make sense.

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Option C is wrong in the original question, it should be, (the option C should be corrected.)

(C) Nellie Bly was a pioneer journalist including in her exploits the
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