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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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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.
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B and C hugely change the meaning. D places the subject far away, making the sentence confusing.

E seems a good contender, but A sounds better. I'll go with A.
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E has modifier issue - the Godfather was not the town. Corleone = town
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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
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A sounds the best.
"famous because of "The Godfather" and near to those he most trusted" correctly modifies a town, which thereby modifies "Corleone".
Famous and Near are parallel as they both are adjectives that modify the same noun.
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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 - correct
B famous because of “The Godfather,” the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted modifier issue - "famous because of “The Godfather" incorrectly placed next to "According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor"
C the ailing mobster, famous because of “The Godfather,” came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted meaning issue - the ailing mobster was not famous because of “The Godfather...rather town was famous"
D near to those he most trusted, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather” modifier issue
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. passive construction
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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.


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

The original sentence is the correct answer

My logic:
This sentence is testing noun modifiers which should TOUCH the noun they modify:
Now I get how "because of the godfather and near to those he most trusted" modifies a town
How a town modifies Corleone


What I dont get is why the ailing mobster isn't modifying the anti-Mafia prosecutor (clearly not the same person)

I would appreciate help on this one. Thanks!
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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.


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

The original sentence is the correct answer

My logic:
This sentence is testing noun modifiers which should TOUCH the noun they modify:
Now I get how "because of the godfather and near to those he most trusted" modifies a town
How a town modifies Corleone


What I dont get is why the ailing mobster isn't modifying the anti-Mafia prosecutor (clearly not the same person)

I would appreciate help on this one. Thanks!


According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor, [u]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 will try to explain this..
According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor - this is a modifier modifiing "the aling mobster"
a town famous - this is a modifier modifiing "Corelone"

If u try to grasp meaning of sentence
According to X --> the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone (which is a famous town)
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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.


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

The original sentence is the correct answer

My logic:
This sentence is testing noun modifiers which should TOUCH the noun they modify:
Now I get how "because of the godfather and near to those he most trusted" modifies a town
How a town modifies Corleone

What I dont get is why the ailing mobster isn't modifying the anti-Mafia prosecutor (clearly not the same person)

I would appreciate help on this one. Thanks!



"the ailing mobster" is a noun phrase, "ailing" is acting as an adjective for "mobster" and the whole phrase "the ailing mobster" expressed the sense of a noun. So, it is acting as a noun in the sentence. anti-Mafia prosecutor is again a noun.

e.g.

According to the chef, the decaying food should be disposed. --> the noun phrase "the decaying food" is not modifying anything

In fact the whole phrase "a town famous because of the “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted" modifies the noun "Corleone"

For example:

Tom, an honest person and a hard-working professional who never gives up, got promoted last week --> Here the whole phrase "an honest person and a hard-working professional who never gives up" modifies "Tom"


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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 - No issue in sentence. all modifier are in place. lets check other option.

B. famous because of “The Godfather,” the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted - Famous because of "the godfather " should modify Corleone. Eliminate.

C. the ailing mobster, famous because of “The Godfather,” came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted - the ailing mobster, famous because of -misplaced modifier Eliminate

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

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 -wordy, it ref to what?, Corleone is subject in this option. Eliminate

A is correct answer.
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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
correct carolene is correctly modified as a town famous because of “The Godfather” and a town 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
wrongly modifies ailing mobster rather than carolene

C. the ailing mobster, famous because of “The Godfather,” came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted
changes the meaning that ailing mobster became famous because of the godfather

D. near to those he most trusted, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather”
wrongly modifies ailing mobster rather than carolene

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
unnecessary wordy

ans A..
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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.
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The introductory prepositional phrase --- According to Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor --- has no role to play in the actual sentence. One may ignore it for all practical purposes. So it does not modify the mobster or Corleone. Of course, we can’t expect either the town or the mobster to modify the prosecutor. In the light of that:

A. the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather” and near to those he most trusted --- seems ok with modification.

B. famous because of “The Godfather,” the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted – famous because of “The Godfather” wrongly modifies the mobster. The mobster was not famous because of ‘The Godfather”. Corleone was.

C. the ailing mobster, famous because of “The Godfather,” came to take refuge in Corleone, a town near to those he most trusted -- same problem as in B

D. near to those he most trusted, the ailing mobster came to take refuge in Corleone, a town famous because of “The Godfather”------ near to those he most trusted wrongly modifies the mobster. It was Corleone that was near to those he trusted.

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 --- grammatically ok but too wordy; it refers to the town because there is no other singular referent in the whole clause.

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Doesn't option A indicate that the town is famous because of The Godfather as well as because it is near to his relatives?
In which case the sentence would not make sense.
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Doesn't option A indicate that the town is famous because of The Godfather as well as because it is near to his relatives?
In which case the sentence would not make sense.

Hi rohitsatya, A cannot be interpreted that way since both of these are incorrect constructs:

i) because of near to those he most trusted
ii) because near to those he most trusted

On the other hand, this is a valid construct: a town near to those he most trusted
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I am also confused why E is wrong.. Which is the misplaced modifier? can you elaborate?
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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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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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