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New post 29 Jun 2018, 09:06
But the OA is "E"

this means E is not the ideal sentence, but yes it is best among the answer choices.

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why can't he refer to professor in "E"?


Hey gmatbusters ,

The problem in E is same as we have in A.

We have two nouns to which "he" can refer to.

It could be either the professor or Baldwin. Therefore, the meaning is ambiguous here. Who was living in france?

Does that make sense?

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The problem with A as far as I see is 1. The idiom 'research on' is dubious. 'Research the books' is better as in E.

2. How do you like the expression "on James Baldwin's books that Baldwin wrote"? Who else would have written his books? Isn't it plain redundant?


yes sir I arrived at the conclusion it was a preferential or concision error at last .(E short and concise )
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Please help with this question, reasons other than idiom, POE approach please.
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New post 16 Aug 2018, 06:18
Quick Question:

I am non native so I did not figure out the Idiom with "research". Is there any other way to eliminate B?

My thinking was:

B: about the books James Baldwin wrote in France.
E: the books James Baldwin wrote while he lived in France.

While both of the answer choices made sense to me, I was thinking that E just included an unnecessary modifier. B is way shorter and communicates the same meaning: That the professor wrote the books in France. Do I really need to have the "living" part in there?

I mean it`s clear to me that he needs to live in France in order to write books there.

Thanks you very much for your help!
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E ..the books James Baldwin wrote while he lived in France

Im confused ...

I live in nyc ,but im visiting London now

he lived in France ,but he could be visiting some other countries while he was working on his books

the original sentence is trying to say that James wrote those books when he lived in France ..and he was indeed living in France / not travelling or visiting other places ??? if it's intended meaning , then E cant be the answer ...it changed the meaning

non-native speaker here ..please help
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How to identify if *research* is used as verb here. I thought the verb was *has taken*

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How to identify if *research* is used as verb here. I thought the verb was *has taken*

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A professor at the university has taken a sabbatical to research on James Baldwin's books that Baldwin wrote in France while he was living there.

A) on James Baldwin's books that Baldwin wrote in France while he was living there
B) about the books James Baldwin wrote in France
C) into James Baldwin's books written while in France
D) on the books of James Baldwin, written while he lived in France
E) the books James Baldwin wrote while he lived in France


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My confusion--I know that when research is used as a verb, it CANNOT take preposition. Contrary to that, when *research* is used as a noun, it cannot take a preposition.

I am not able to find out that research is used as a verb in option E (OA). I thought that has taken is the verb here


In option (E), research is not the verb. "to research" is an infinitive, a verbal. It shows the purpose of the action "has taken" - the verb.
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New post 21 Aug 2018, 11:22
abhimahna wrote:
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why can't he refer to professor in "E"?


Hey gmatbusters ,

The problem in E is same as we have in A.

We have two nouns to which "he" can refer to.

It could be either the professor or Baldwin. Therefore, the meaning is ambiguous here. Who was living in france?

Does that make sense?


abhimahna but the answer is E here.
though daagh shed some light on this issue in a post above, but I still do not understand that well.
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