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# Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband

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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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26 Sep 2009, 10:50
I'd say A. It's brief and it seems it doesnt have any grammatical flaws.
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05 Oct 2009, 04:04
fact in present tense and past as simple past, so imo - A

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05 Oct 2009, 09:52
A seems to be the right choice......

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05 Oct 2009, 09:59
Actually in A the second "her" doesn't have an antecedent. Thoughts?
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05 Oct 2009, 11:10
LAKSH0328 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

IMO E.
In choice A, second pronoun her (inspired her to write) lacks a proper antecedent. First pronoun her correctly refers back to Agatha Christie's.

No pronoun reference problem in E.

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05 Oct 2009, 12:02
Good catch ariel. Intially I thought A to be correct but now i vote for E.
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05 Oct 2009, 12:18
I would say A or E, but I chose A because E seems wordy to me.

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06 Oct 2009, 01:57
E

A is wrong by MGMAT rules of possesive pronouns. 'Her' needs a noun somewhere.

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06 Oct 2009, 03:51
I wud go with option E.

Option A is in active voice. Option E is in passive voice.Since the following sentence talks about the novel passive voice will be more fit for this sentence.

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06 Oct 2009, 04:13
natzmyid wrote:
E

A is wrong by MGMAT rules of possesive pronouns. 'Her' needs a noun somewhere.

Both A and E have the same "possessive poison".
C changes the meaning: it points her husband's profession as a cause
D changes the meaning too: it tells that her husband helps to inspire

I would go with B by POE.

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06 Oct 2009, 05:32
diogoguitarrista wrote:
natzmyid wrote:
E

A is wrong by MGMAT rules of possesive pronouns. 'Her' needs a noun somewhere.

Both A and E have the same "possessive poison".
C changes the meaning: it points her husband's profession as a cause
D changes the meaning too: it tells that her husband helps to inspire

I would go with B by POE.

E has no possesive poison.

Rule: According to MGMAT, object nouns (and subject nouns) cannot refer back to possesive nouns(Agatha Cristie's)

Note, in A the second her is an object pronoun.
Whereas, in E both the 'her' are in the possesive format.

Its easier to observe if the her is replaced by his

A's travels with his archaeologist wife inspired 'him' to write several mystery novels. (the second pronoun is an object pronoun)
A's travels with his archaeologist wife served as inspiration for several of his mystery novels
(both possesive)

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06 Oct 2009, 05:38
A
isnt the antecedent of 2nd 'her' clear.... it can refer back clearly to only agatha... there can be ten 'her' if the possibility of the word refering back is to one person...... if A is wrong, then E also has 2nd 'her' in her mystery novels...
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06 Oct 2009, 05:54
Looks like getmba and natzmyid nailed it.

chetan2u, in A the subject is not Agatha, but rather her travels. As natzmyid pointed out object nouns (like her in this case) cannot refer back to possessive nouns (Agatha Christie's).

Everyone keeps referring to this as a MGMAT rule, is this not a rule of English, period?
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06 Oct 2009, 07:45
hi, ariel..
as per ur view both A and E should be out....
in B... it seems as if she is inspiring the novels..
in C... she was inspired because her husband was an arc... does not convey the original msg.
and finally D seems to convey both agatha and her husband were inspired..
so all are incorrect... so ull find which ans as correct and why?..
i wud still go for A... can anyone give OA
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06 Oct 2009, 09:15
chetan2u wrote:
hi, ariel..
as per ur view both A and E should be out....

Not true. Re-read natzmyid's last post regarding why E is correct.
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06 Oct 2009, 16:53
hello,

Since "her" does not refer to Agatha Christie but to Agatha Cristie's
I still would say that E has a "possessive poison" .
Just my 02c

natzmyid wrote:
diogoguitarrista wrote:
natzmyid wrote:
E

A is wrong by MGMAT rules of possesive pronouns. 'Her' needs a noun somewhere.

Both A and E have the same "possessive poison".
C changes the meaning: it points her husband's profession as a cause
D changes the meaning too: it tells that her husband helps to inspire

I would go with B by POE.

E has no possesive poison.

Rule: According to MGMAT, object nouns (and subject nouns) cannot refer back to possesive nouns(Agatha Cristie's)

Note, in A the second her is an object pronoun.
Whereas, in E both the 'her' are in the possesive format.

Its easier to observe if the her is replaced by his

A's travels with his archaeologist wife inspired 'him' to write several mystery novels. (the second pronoun is an object pronoun)
A's travels with his archaeologist wife served as inspiration for several of his mystery novels
(both possesive)

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06 Oct 2009, 19:43
There are NO object nouns in E, so we can't talk about possessive poison. Both instances of "her" in E are possessive, so the rule doesn't apply.
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06 Oct 2009, 23:02
the rule is that possesive pronouns can refer to possesive nouns (i.e Agatha Christi's).
But object pronouns can't refer to possesive nouns. A has an object pronoun and E does'nt. Thats why A is wrong.

For A to be correct you need Agatha Christie rather than Agatha Christie's

Read MGMAT SC guide..on possesive pronouns

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27 Oct 2009, 08:16
LAKSH0328 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

E for me
A - pronoun error - no antecedent for her archae...
B - distort the meaning as inspire her VS inspire novels
C - change the meaning - "Because her husband was an archaeologist" is not the reason for inspiration
D - change the meaning - it says as if both Agatha and her husband are inspired.

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