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

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21 Feb 2017, 08:58
I am also confused why E is wrong.. Which is the misplaced modifier? can you elaborate?
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21 Feb 2017, 09:01
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I am also confused why E is wrong.. Which is the misplaced modifier? can you elaborate?

prosecutor is talking about the mobster, not the city.
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21 Feb 2017, 10:15
ah.. I see what you mean. Thanks brs1cob. Kudos +1!
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04 Jun 2017, 06:04
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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

B,C and D have wrongly placed modifiers.
E is grammatically correct but wordy.
A is grammatically correct and concise so preferred over E.
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01 Aug 2017, 05:37
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Yes, option E can be eliminated based on the subtle change in meaning.

Option A - Mentions two characteristic of the town Corleone - 1. Famous because of "The Godfather" 2. The town is near to those he most trusted.

Option E has 2 problems :

1. It changes the focus from ailing mobster to town corleone.

2. It changes the meaning by stating cause and effect w.r.t taking refuge in the town.

Hi Aryama

Isn't there a pronoun issue with option A. What is "he" referring to? the ailing mobsters or The Godfather?
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01 Aug 2017, 06:07
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Godfather is the imaginary film name of the famous film with Marlon Brando in the cast and not that of a person.
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22 Aug 2017, 04:03
Although E changes meaning slightly (implying that the reason to shift was because it was close to his knowns) but isnt there pronoun reference error with 'he' in choice A? 'He' may refer to 'The Godfather' also.
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27 Aug 2017, 07:50
I chose 'E' option between E and A because in A - "the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of the “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted."

It seems the Mobster chose this town for 2 reasons,
1) It was near to those he trusted,
2) it's the town famous for the "THE GODFATHER"

I feel like this reasoning is wrong.Can someone please explain to me what am I missing here
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27 Aug 2017, 08:10
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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

a town famous because of “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted :- this entire thing is working as an appositive modifier, directly referring to Corleone.

E is not concise but atleast it preserves the meaning - that ailing mobster came to take refuge in because it was near to those he most trusted.

why A is correct?
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19 Feb 2018, 22:05
As much as I respect Manhattan, I don't think [those] is used correctly here. In my opinion, [those] in GMAT always needs to refer to a copy of something. That's definitely NOT the case here.

Can someone provide an OG example in which the aforementioned rule isn't the case?
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02 May 2018, 07:36
1) A subject of the sentence is NOT city but mobster, by accentuating on Corleone, we speak about the city - 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
2) Pronoun error - pronoun he, because it was near to those he most trusted - could refer both to mobster and "God Father" even if it is fiction, still some haze persists
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20 May 2018, 00:23
After comma we need correct subject, ailing mobster is correct subject here.

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Modifiers - because of godfather and nearest to he most trusted
Both these modifiers modifies the "town"

So A is best choice

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18 Jul 2018, 10:22
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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

A) a town famous because of "The Godfather" and near to those he most trusted- correctly modifies the town ( X= famous because of The Godfather, and Y= near to those he most trusted- adjectives describing town)

B) is incorrect the ailing mobster isnt famous because of The Godfather, as per original sentence the town is famous because of The Godfather.

C) Same error as B

D) This option incorrectly suggests that the ailing mobster is near to those he most trusted- state of the ailing mobster if you find him now- we dont know that.

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-This option is no doubt a good contender. However, it in this case can refer to The Godfather-and cause pronoun ambiguity
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01 Sep 2018, 21:19
dont you think "A' has pronoun ambiguity with "he" in the end.
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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

Spoiler: :: OE
The original sentence is 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. This choice contains no other
errors.
(A) CORRECT. This answer choice is correct as it repeats the original sentence.
(B) This choice contains a modification error; "famous because of 'The Godfather'”
incorrectly describes the prosecutor. Noun modifiers modify the closest available
noun.
(C) This choice contains a modification error; "famous because of 'The Godfather'"
incorrectly describes the mobster. Noun modifiers modify the closest available noun.
(D) This choice contains a modification error; "near to those he most trusted"
incorrectly describes the prosecutor. Noun modifiers modify the closest available
noun.
(E) 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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07 Sep 2018, 23:18
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dont you think "A' has pronoun ambiguity with "he" in the end.
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A. the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted

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No...pronoun "he" has clear antecedent in "ailing mobster".

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Updated on: 09 Sep 2018, 10:00
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The gist of the text is that the town became famous because of ‘The Godfather’ and not the mobster. We can drop B and C on this count.

Placing the phrase ‘near to those he most trusted’ next to the prosecutor in D misinterprets the meaning as if the prosecutor was close to those he trusted most rather than the mobster; drop it.

E shifts the primary focus to the town from the mobster, by pushing him into a subordinate clause and is too wordy.

A is crisp and fine.

daagh sir,

shouldn't a comma pair encapsulate the modifier "a town famous because of the “The Godfather”"? I've highlighted the part where there should have been a comma:

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.

Originally posted by sandman13 on 09 Sep 2018, 09:28.
Last edited by sandman13 on 09 Sep 2018, 10:00, edited 2 times in total.
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09 Sep 2018, 09:57
Good question to learn modifiers, specially apposite.
Apposite is noun modifier that modify the preceding noun.
Here "a town famous because of the “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted." is apposite and modifying Coreleone.

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19 Sep 2018, 10:36
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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

Hi everyone,
I have a question regarding to parallelism in answer A. Why "famous", an adjective, can be parallel to "near", which is a preposition? Isn't the parallelism broken there?
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20 Oct 2018, 08:32
The process of elimination and applying split worked the best for me here
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20 Oct 2018, 14:39
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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"
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.??????
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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