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Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels; travelers to Egypt can still stay at the Old Cataract Hotel, the model for the hotel in one of Christie's most famous books.
A. Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels
B. Agatha Christie used her travels with her archaeologist husband to inspire several mystery novels
C. Because her husband was an archaeologist, Agatha Christie was able to use their travels as inspiration for several of her mystery novels

D. Together with her archaeologist husband, Agatha Christie was inspired to incorporate their travel into several of her mystery novels
E. Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband served as inspiration for several of her mystery novels
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08 Aug 2007, 15:38
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Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels; travelers to Egypt can still stay at the Old Cataract Hotel, the model for the hotel in one of Christie's most famous books.
A. Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels
B. Agatha Christie used her travels with her archaeologist husband to inspire several mystery novels
C. Because her husband was an archaeologist, Agatha Christie was able to use their travels as inspiration for several of her mystery novels

D. Together with her archaeologist husband, Agatha Christie was inspired to incorporate their travel into several of her mystery novels
E. Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband served as inspiration for several of her mystery novels

Hmmmm, definitely a good question. I guess I would go with A.

(B) Eliminated b/c "used her travels" could have been simplified to "Agatha Chrisie's travels".
(C) Eliminated b/c this changes the meaning. It tell me that she was able to use her travels to write the book ONLY b/c her husband was an archaeologist.
(D) Eliminated b/c it tells me both Agatha Christie and her husband were both inspired to use their travel in her mystery novel. CHanges original meaning.

I was between A and E. I chose A b/c it tells me that it was her travels (with her hubby) that inspired her to write novels.

I didn't like E b/c "served as inspiration" was not as concise as A.

Good question. Curious to hear other opinions.
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08 Aug 2007, 15:45
misterJJ2u wrote:
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Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels; travelers to Egypt can still stay at the Old Cataract Hotel, the model for the hotel in one of Christie's most famous books.
A. Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels
B. Agatha Christie used her travels with her archaeologist husband to inspire several mystery novels
C. Because her husband was an archaeologist, Agatha Christie was able to use their travels as inspiration for several of her mystery novels

D. Together with her archaeologist husband, Agatha Christie was inspired to incorporate their travel into several of her mystery novels
E. Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband served as inspiration for several of her mystery novels

Hmmmm, definitely a good question. I guess I would go with A.

(B) Eliminated b/c "used her travels" could have been simplified to "Agatha Chrisie's travels".
(C) Eliminated b/c this changes the meaning. It tell me that she was able to use her travels to write the book ONLY b/c her husband was an archaeologist.
(D) Eliminated b/c it tells me both Agatha Christie and her husband were both inspired to use their travel in her mystery novel. CHanges original meaning.

I was between A and E. I chose A b/c it tells me that it was her travels (with her hubby) that inspired her to write novels.

I didn't like E b/c "served as inspiration" was not as concise as A.

Good question. Curious to hear other opinions.

good analysis! I was leaning towards answer E. A implies that her travels inspired her to write only several mystery novels while E implies her mystery novels in general.

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08 Aug 2007, 15:58
I like E better

It places more focus on the travels and less on the books, and the fact that it was an inspiration, plus matches the second part of the sentence more.
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08 Aug 2007, 16:11
One of the best SCs I have ever read.

Well, E should be the answer.
A is a trap.

Let's look at E closely:

Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband served as inspiration for several of her mystery novels travelers to Egypt can still stay at the Old Cataract Hotel, the model for the hotel in one of Christie's most famous books.

Now observe the usage of pronoun "her".
Throughout the sentence, "her" acts as "Possesive Pronoun".

Let's look at A:

Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels; travelers to Egypt can still stay at the Old Cataract Hotel, the model for the hotel in one of Christie's most famous books.

Second "her" is not a "Possesive Pronoun". It's an "Object Pronoun".

So there is a pronoun disagreement in A.

E is the best choice.

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08 Aug 2007, 17:14
Straight away to the error log.

Cannot agree more with b14kumar.

A well written pure GMAT style question.
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08 Aug 2007, 18:24
'served as inspiration' in E makes sentence unnecessarily long. A seems to be right. What does the source of question say? Plz write the explanation given there.
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08 Aug 2007, 19:42
Definitely a good SC. This is from MGMAT CAT

Here's the OE.
This sentence has a pronoun agreement error. Subject and object pronouns cannot refer back to possessive nouns; they must refer only to subject and object nouns. The subject in this sentence is "Agatha Christie's travels," not Agatha Christie herself. The first instance of "her" is correct because this pronoun is used as a possessive: "her [Agatha Christie's] archaeologist husband." However, the second instance of "her," an object pronoun, is incorrect: "inspired her [Agatha Christie, who is not an object in this sentence] to write..."

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice illogically states that the travels inspired the novels themselves, rather than inspiring Christie to write the novels.

(C) This choice introduces a false cause-effect statement. The original meaning indicates that Christie traveled because her husband was an archaeologist. According to this choice, however, Christie used their travels as inspiration because her husband was an archaeologist, which is clearly illogical.

(D) This choice seems to indicate that Christie and her husband were inspired to write the novels together. This cannot be the case because this choice also clearly states that they are "her mystery novels," not both of theirs.

(E) CORRECT. This choice corrects the original pronoun agreement error by moving the second instance of "her" in front of "mystery novels," which changes it from an object pronoun to a possessive pronoun: "Agatha Christie's travels...her [Agatha Christie's] mystery novels..."
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08 Aug 2007, 19:47
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels; travelers to Egypt can still stay at the Old Cataract Hotel, the model for the hotel in one of Christie's most famous books.

A. Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels
B. Agatha Christie used her travels with her archaeologist husband to inspire several mystery novels
C. Because her husband was an archaeologist, Agatha Christie was able to use their travels as inspiration for several of her mystery novels
D. Together with her archaeologist husband, Agatha Christie was inspired to incorporate their travel into several of her mystery novels
E. Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband served as inspiration for several of her mystery novels

i know all other choices do not make any sense but what "her" refers in E above????????/
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