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# After years of working on Wall Street, an apartment in lower Manhattan

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After years of working on Wall Street, an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton.

A. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

B. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

C. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

D. John E. Callan, a famed investment banker, still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he too owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

E. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even despite his owning of a house in Rye and in East Hampton

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A - modification problem
B- The correct choice
C-modification problem
D. changed meaning that like many others, he too owned a house in Rye and EH
E. despite( a preposition) plus a gerund( his owning) plus a preposition (of) is wordy. Despite his owing is sufficient.
B is the choice.
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18 Nov 2019, 01:12
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modifier error based
IMO B ; famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

After years of working on Wall Street, [url]an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton.[/url]

A. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

B. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

C. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

D. John E. Callan, a famed investment banker, still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he too owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

E. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even despite his owning of a house in Rye and in East Hampton
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18 Nov 2019, 01:36
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After years of working on Wall Street, an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton.

The obvious error in the original sentence is an illogical modification of "an apartment" with opening modifier "After years of working on Wall Street". For same reason, C is out.

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B. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

The only error from A is corrected; besides of it, the sentence looks good. Correct

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D. John E. Callan, a famed investment banker, still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he too owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

I don't know really good reason to eliminate D. Potential ones: "a famed investment banker" should not be non-essential modifier, and "too" looks bad.

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E. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even despite his owning of a house in Rye and in East Hampton

"even though" is a proper form, not "even despite"
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18 Nov 2019, 01:47
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A. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton --> Wrong modifier

B. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton --> Correct

C. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton --> Wrong modifier

D. John E. Callan, a famed investment banker, still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he too owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton --> Wrong

E. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even despite his owning of a house in Rye and in East Hampton --> Awkward construction

IMO Option B
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18 Nov 2019, 03:46
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After years of working on Wall Street, an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton.

A. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

B. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

C. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

D. John E. Callan, a famed investment banker, still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he too owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

E. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even despite his owning of a house in Rye and in East Hampton

MEANING
After working in Wall St., JC still considered his lower apartment home, even though he also owned more houses.
Who worked in Wall St? JC, not an apartment.

C. "he too owned" unintended;
E. "even despite his owning" unintended;

Ans (B)
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18 Nov 2019, 08:44
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The right answer in my view is option B.

A. After years of working on Wall Street, an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton.
An apartment cannot work on Wall Street. The intended noun for the opening modifier is famed investment banker John E. Callan or just John E Callan. Eliminated option A and option C.

B. After years of working on Wall Street, famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton.
The opening modifier rightly modifies famed investment banker John E. Callan. Everything looks alright in this option. Keep option B.

C. After years of working on Wall Street, an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton.
Just as option A, the opening modifier wrongly modifies an apartment, and this is illogical.

D. After years of working on Wall Street, John E. Callan, a famed investment banker, still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he too owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton.
Who as well owned a house in Rye and East Hampton apart from the famed investment banker John E. Callan? The use of too in the sentence is incorrect as it changes the intended meaning and also leaves a question on the mind of the reader. Eliminate option D.

E. After years of working on Wall Street, famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even despite his owning of a house in Rye and in East Hampton.
Even despite? This is unacceptable. Eliminate option E.

The right answer is therefore option B.
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18 Nov 2019, 09:02
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A AND C OUT BECAUSE AFTER THE MODIFIER "After years of working on Wall Street", A PERSON SHOULD BE THERE NOT AN APARTMENT.

D IS OUT AS"though he too owned a house" TOO CONVEYS A MEANING THAT EVEN SOMEBODY ELSE OWNED A HOUSE WHICH IS NOT THE INTENDED MEANING.

E IS ONE OF THE MOST AWKWARD CONSTRUCTION YOU WILL SE.

B CLEARS ALL THE ISSUES.

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After years of working on Wall Street.....should be followed by John
So A,C are incorrect

D-the phrase he too is not grammatically correct
E-even and despite are redundant

B. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton..... correct

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18 Nov 2019, 12:24
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IMO B

D- he too owner is not correct
E- even despite is redundant

A and C are making wrong comparison between home and despite working.

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18 Nov 2019, 17:38
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After years of working on Wall Street, an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton.

A. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

B. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

C. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

D. John E. Callan, a famed investment banker, still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he too owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

E. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even despite his owning of a house in Rye and in East Hampton

A: Incorrect because of a misplaced modifier. "After years of working on Wall Street," must be followed by the noun that it describes--John E. Callan.
B: Correct
C: Incorrect because of a misplaced modifier as in A.
D: Incorrect because of the preposition "too." Idiomatically, "too" means that John E. Callan owned those houses just as someone else owned the houses. This causes a distortion in meaning.
E: Incorrect because "even despite" is idiomatically incorrect. The correct idiom is "even though." Alternatively, the clause could be written as follows: "despite owning a house in Rye and in East Hampton."
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18 Nov 2019, 23:29
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A. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

B. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton
Correct

C. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

D. John E. Callan, a famed investment banker, still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he too owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton
redundant

E. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even despite his owning of a house in Rye and in East Hampton

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18 Nov 2019, 23:51
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After years of working on Wall Street, an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton.

A. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like his home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

B. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

C. an apartment in lower Manhattan still felt like home for famed investment banker John E. Callan, even though he also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

D. John E. Callan, a famed investment banker, still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even though he too owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton

E. famed investment banker John E. Callan still considered his lower Manhattan apartment home, even despite his owning of a house in Rye and in East Hampton

Official Explanation

A modifying phrase needs to be placed by the word it modifies. However, as the sentence is originally written, after years of working on Wall Street illogically modifies an apartment. It was not the apartment that worked for years on Wall Street but famed investment banker John E. Callan who worked for years on Wall Street. The sentence can be corrected in two ways:
(1) After years of working on Wall Street, famed investment banker John E. Callan
(2) OR: After years of working on Wall Street, John E. Callan

A. an apartment in lower Manhattan is illogically modified by the phrase after years of working on Wall Street

B. famed investment banker John E. Callan is logically modified by the phrase after years of working on Wall Street

C. an apartment in lower Manhattan is illogically modified by the phrase after years of working on Wall Street

D. the phrase he too is not grammatically correct since it implies that there is another person who also owned a house in Rye and in East Hampton; the word too should be removed

E. the phrase even despite his owning of is not idiomatically correct and should be replaced by even though he also owned
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