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According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor, the ailing mobster cam

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According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of the “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted.

(A) the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted

(B) famous because of “The Godfather,” the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted

(C) the ailing mobster, famous because of “The Godfather,” came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted

(D) near to those he most trusted, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather”

(E) Corleone, famous because of “The Godfather,” was the town that the ailing mobster came to take refuge in because it was near to those he most trusted


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According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of the “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted.

Sentence Analysis: The sentence starts with the opening modifier "According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor", which coneys that some information is about to come.
the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone
The next two modifiers tell about the city Carleone
1. a town famous because of the “The Godfather”
and : parallelism marker, marks parallelism between 2 adjectival phrases
2. a town near to those he most trusted
The original sentence seems correct. "Famous because of 'The Godfather'"and "near to those he most trusted" correctly modify "a town," which modifies Corleone. Noun modifiers must be next to the nouns that they describe.
Let's keep A, and see if we find something better than A.
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(B) famous because of “The Godfather,” the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted
Was the Prosecutor famous because of the "The Godfather" :lol:
This choice contains a modification error; "famous because of 'The Godfather'” incorrectly describes the prosecutor. Noun modifiers modify the closest available noun.
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(C) the ailing mobster, famous because of “The Godfather,” came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted
Why is "The Godfather" making someone or the other famous. Here it modifies the ailing mobster. Was the ailing mobster famous because of the Godfather.?????? :shh:
This choice contains a modification error; "famous because of 'The Godfather'" incorrectly describes the mobster. Noun modifiers modify the closest available noun.
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(D) near to those he most trusted, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather”
Crazy noun modifier issues in this question. Was the prosecutor near to those, whom he trusted? Changes the intended meaning again.
This choice contains a modification error; "near to those he most trusted" incorrectly describes the prosecutor. Noun modifiers modify the closest available noun.
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(E) Corleone, famous because of “The Godfather,” was the town that the ailing mobster came to take refuge in because it was near to those he most trusted

Answer option A does the same job in much lesser words. Conveys the meaning through parallelism between two attributes of the town Corleone.
The modification is correct in this choice. "Famous because of 'The Godfather'" correctly modifies "Corleone". However, this sentence is unnecessarily wordy, "was the town that the ailing mobster came to take refuge in" is much less concise than "the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone" without making the meaning clearer.
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Hi GMATNinja

Can you please explain the parallelism in this sentence as in what is parallel to "and near to those he most trusted."

and what does "those" refers to?
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Can someone tell me why option A is correct????

Usually when a part of sentence is between commas , it can be eliminated & the rest of sentence must still makes sense. But here in ‘...prosecutor, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town...’ if ‘, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone,‘ is removed , then ‘a town‘ refers to ‘prosecutor ’ instead of ‘corleone’. So this new sentence doesn’t make sense. Then how can A be correct?

Doesn’t the ‘descriptive portion in between commas can be removed’ rule apply always. If so, when it can be applied & when it shouldn’t be?

Thanks in advance.

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Usually when a part of sentence is between commas , it can be eliminated & the rest of sentence must still makes sense. But here in ‘...prosecutor, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town...’ if ‘, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone,‘ is removed , then ‘a town‘ refers to ‘prosecutor ’ instead of ‘corleone’. So this new sentence doesn’t make sense. Then how can A be correct?
Unless a sentence has a lot of redundant items, we should not expect to be able to remove words from it without losing meaning.

Also, even if we're looking just to understand the structure of the sentence, we should not apply the "remove the portion in between commas" recommendation blindly. For example, in this case, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone contains the actual subject and verb (the ailing mobster and came). If we remove them, we won't be left with a sentence at all!
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NarlankaVijay wrote:
Usually when a part of sentence is between commas , it can be eliminated & the rest of sentence must still makes sense. But here in ‘...prosecutor, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town...’ if ‘, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone,‘ is removed , then ‘a town‘ refers to ‘prosecutor ’ instead of ‘corleone’. So this new sentence doesn’t make sense. Then how can A be correct?
Unless a sentence has a lot of redundant items, we should not expect to be able to remove words from it without losing meaning.

Also, even if we're looking just to understand the structure of the sentence, we should not apply the "remove the portion in between commas" recommendation blindly. For example, in this case, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone contains the actual subject and verb (the ailing mobster and came). If we remove them, we won't be left with a sentence at all!



Thank you. That really helped a lot. :)

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According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of the “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted.

I wish to make a small observation about the use of commas in a sentence.

According to Italy's top anti-mafia prosecutor - the introductory modifier

the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone-- The Main clause with its subject and verb.

a town famous because of the “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted -- An appositive modifier describing the town Corleone.



When a sentence starts with an introductory modifier, such as "According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor" we generally set it off by a comma. Therefore, the comma belongs to the initial modifier and not to what follows. Because the last part is a modifier, we again set it off from the main sentence by a comma. This is necessitated only because of the subsequent modifier and the comma, in fact, belongs to the modifier.

Thus, we can see that what is seemingly contained within two commas is indeed not so. There is no need to try to remove the main clause, thinking that it is a modifier.
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E is incorrect because of the use of "was" - it implies that something in the past was true but is no longer true.
Corelone was the town
It was near...

If we are citing the prosecutor as evidence of information then it would not make sense to say for example "He reported, Bob was living here in Australia, a place that was famous for its beer" as we don;t know if this is still true.
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Can someone help me in regards to (A)

I dropped it after first sight because of the very last part of the sentence:

(A) the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted

To me this sentence sounds dissonant with the "and near to those he most trusted".
What does this refer to?

Does this mean the town is near to those he most trusted?
Who are those?

I understand that the other answer choices ar even more wrong, but is sentence actually something you would use in written or spoken english?
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