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# A prolific writer, Sir Walter Scott's works include the poem The Lady

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A prolific writer, Sir Walter Scott's works include the poem The Lady of the Lake and the historical novels Ivanhoe and Waverley.

A) A prolific writer, Sir Walter Scott's works include
B) The works of Sir Walter Scott, a prolific writer, include
C) Sir Walter Scott was a prolific writer including in his works
D) Included in the prolific writer Sir Walter Scott's works are
E) The prolific writer's works of Sir Walter Scott include

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07 Aug 2015, 06:21
A) A prolific writer, Sir Walter Scott's works include --- wrong modification

B) The works of Sir Walter Scott, a prolific writer, include—correct choice

C) Sir Walter Scott was a prolific writer including in his works – as if WS himself included the poems and novels in hos works

D) Included in the prolific writer Sir Walter Scott's works are—the prolific writer wrongly modifies WS’s works rather than WS
E) The prolific writer's works of Sir Walter Scott include—double possessive - ‘ writer’s works and of WS’ - is redundant

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09 Jun 2017, 21:02
daagh wrote:
A) A prolific writer, Sir Walter Scott's works include --- wrong modification

B) The works of Sir Walter Scott, a prolific writer, include—correct choice

C) Sir Walter Scott was a prolific writer including in his works – as if WS himself included the poems and novels in hos works

D) Included in the prolific writer Sir Walter Scott's works are—the prolific writer wrongly modifies WS’s works rather than WS
E) The prolific writer's works of Sir Walter Scott include—double possessive - ‘ writer’s works and of WS’ - is redundant

Hi I am a bit confused about (D). Can I think "the prolific writer Sir Walter Scott" as a single NOUN so that (D) will read Included in NOUN's works are blabla ... ?

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prolific writer WS is ok; not prolific writer WS's work
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09 Jun 2017, 23:09
B) The works of Sir Walter Scott, a prolific writer, include

Doesnt "A prolific writer" refer to "The Works" in option B. ?

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26 Sep 2017, 07:38
kunalsinghNS wrote:
B) The works of Sir Walter Scott, a prolific writer, include

Doesnt "A prolific writer" refer to "The Works" in option B. ?

As per my understanding, the modifier first priority goes to the immediate noun, you tend to search for another noun if the modifier doesn't make sense as a modifier for the propositional phrase.

Would like to here from others, if this is not correct
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