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# A shy, religious-minded publisher who had married a dukes

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Updated on: 22 Feb 2011, 22:43
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A shy, religious-minded publisher who had married a duke’s daughter, Harold Macmillan’s rise to the position of the Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many, though Churchill had since the 1930s been extolling Macmillan’s courage.

A) Harold Macmillan’s rise to the position of the Prime Minister in 1957 surprised many
B) Harold Macmillan’s rise in 1957 to the position of the Prime Minister surprised many
C) Harold Macmillan’s becoming Prime Minister 1957 surprised many
D) Harold Macmillan surprised many by rising to the position of the Prime Minister in 1957
E) The position of the Prime Minister attained by Harold Macmillan in 1957 surprised many

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Originally posted by rajeshaaidu on 22 Feb 2011, 21:12.
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22 Feb 2011, 21:49
The noun modifier "A shy, religious-minded publisher who had married a duke’s daughter" must modify Harold Macmillan and not Harold Macmillan's rise. Therefore, options A, B and C are wrong and D is right.

Option E is also wrong because the noun modifier must touch the noun it modifies.

Ans: 'D'

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22 Feb 2011, 22:39
Entwistle wrote:
The noun modifier "A shy, religious-minded publisher who had married a duke’s daughter" must modify Harold Macmillan and not Harold Macmillan's rise. Therefore, options A, B and C are wrong and D is right.

Option E is also wrong because the noun modifier must touch the noun it modifies.

Ans: 'D'

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This was my first post. I have underlined but when I copied from my system it got modified here (I did not take notice that I have to underline here). Sorry!!!. I will edit it. I have given official answer but I don't know why it is not reflected here.
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22 Feb 2011, 22:44
clear D.

noun "Harold Macmillan" will be placed immediately after comma
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22 Feb 2011, 22:47

Where did you get the question from?
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22 Feb 2011, 22:56
Answer is D. none of the other subjects (rising, becoming) can be 'shy publisher etc.'
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23 Feb 2011, 01:21
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Where did you get the question from?

Source I have mentioned in the subject. Anyway, it is from 1000SC (question no-29). I was also sure that answer should be D, but it's given C. I don't understand how? Check this link in this forum-
sentence-correction-exercises-that-will-boost-your-score-108841.html
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23 Feb 2011, 03:03
As stated by others, the correct answer choice is D. If you do a search on google you'll see that this question has been discussed on various forums and that the consensus was that C is incorrect.
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24 Feb 2011, 21:08
Should be D. As usual 1000SC continues with its dubious distinction.
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23 Sep 2017, 04:07
Straight D - Others have misplaced modifiers issue.

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