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New post 18 Jun 2019, 11:05
I don’t understand in choice C, why winning modify the book. Comma+doing should modify the entire preceding clause?

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Although Alice Walker published a number of essays, poetry collections, and stories during the 1970s, her third novel, The Color Purple, which was published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim in that it won both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize.


(A) which was published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim in that it won both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize

(B) published in 1982, bringing her the widest acclaim by winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize

(C) published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize

(D) was published in 1982 and which, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, brought her the widest acclaim

(E) was published in 1982, winning both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and bringing her the widest acclaim



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Although: Showing contrast in the sentence.
S-V Pair:
AW-Published
Her third novel-brought

Although (contrast) Alice Walker (S) published (V) a number of essays, poetry collections, and stories during the 1970s, her third novel (S), The Color Purple (name of the novel), published in 1982 (V-ed modifier, modifying noun i.e. The Color Purple), brought (Verb for novel) her the widest acclaim, winning (V-ing modifying action brought) both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

(A) which was published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim in that it won both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize
both..as well as is incorrect. the widest acclaim is shown because she won award and prize. But in this sentence the meaning is different.

(B) published in 1982, bringing her the widest acclaim by winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize
Bringing is incorrectly modifying published. The remaining sentence is correct except bringing.
No verb because the book cannot do the action of publishing. So published must be v-ed modifier. And bringing cannot be a verb.

(C) published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize
V-ing modifier is describing the action of brought, how she brought her widest acclaim. V-ed modifier published is modifying novel. Correct

(D) was published in 1982 and which, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, brought her the widest acclaim
which here is illogical, it says publishing brought her the claim, but the book brought her the widest acclaim.

(E) was published in 1982, winning both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and bringing her the widest acclaim
both..as well as is incorrect. winning is incorrectly modifying published.

Please confirm if my analysis is correct?
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New post 14 Jul 2019, 23:46
Meaning is important here.
Although Alice published many things, it's the third novel which brought success.

C is the correct answer.

(A) which was published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim in that it won both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize

(B) published in 1982, bringing her the widest acclaim by winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize

(C) published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize

(D) was published in 1982 and which, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, brought her the widest acclaim

(E) was published in 1982, winning both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and bringing her the widest acclaim
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Although Alice Walker published a number of essays, poetry collections, and stories during the 1970s, her third novel, The Color Purple, which was published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim in that it won both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize.

Meaning of the sentence : Although AW published a number of essays, poetry collections and stories. Her third novel, published in 1982, bought her widest acclaim. The claim made her win both the National Book and Pulitzer Prize

(A) which was published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim in that it won both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize
Three issues:
1) "which was" is redundant. The sentence can have "published in 1982" which can work as a modifier.
2) "in that it" -> we require a cause and effect relationship. "in that" provides a reason and this can work better with "Verbing or participle modifier" to show cause and effect
3) Both X AND Y -> is a idiom . "As well as" doesn't go with Both




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I don't think there's any thing wrong in point 1 and 2 as stated above and the only error option 'A' has is the usage of idiom 'Both X and Y'.
'In that' can very well give the reason of how the book won AW the widest acclaim, by winning the prizes. Also, 'which was' is not redundant but I agree that removing it does not cause any issues.

Please correct me if I am wrong anywhere.

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I don't think there's any thing wrong in point 1 and 2 as stated above and the only error option 'A' has is the 'In that' can very well give the reason of how the book won AW the widest acclaim, by winning the prizes.
Also, 'which was' is not redundant but I agree that removing it does not cause any issues.

Please correct me if I am wrong anywhere.


Suarabh,

I may not subscribe to your comfort and solace you draw from the otherwise correct status of point 1 and 2. The choice is anyway incorrect because of the third factor. SC's focus is not academic sagacity but effective communication.

No one would want to lose precious seconds in the hall on choices that one knows are wrong for sure.

To be honest to your query, I would nip this mindset in the bud.

Please bear with me, if my words are slightly pricking and bitter.
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Answer options A and E will be eliminated because the expression both A as well as B is non-idiomatic.

The main verb is missing in the second clause in option C.

Everything is okay in option C. We can see the right use of the participle modifier here. This is the correct option.

In option D, we can see the problem of parallelism. ‘And’ is not connecting a similar entity here.
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This is a question that appeared on our Ask Me Anything About SC thread -- and I figured that I'd post it here too, just in case it helps somebody out there:

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Hi GMATNinja

In this question, I got why (C) is the correct answer, but can you clarify why (D) is wrong? I would like to understand more about "which" usage:


Question:

Although Alice Walker published a number of essays, poetry collections, and stories during the 1970s, her third novel, The Color Purple, which was published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim in that it won both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize.


(A) which was published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim in that it won both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize

(B) published in 1982, bringing her the widest acclaim by winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize

(C) published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize

(D) was published in 1982 and which, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, brought her the widest acclaim

(E) was published in 1982, winning both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and bringing her the widest acclaim

Sure! Take another look at the relevant portion of (D):

    "The Color Purple, which was published in 1982 and which, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, brought her the widest acclaim..."

Notice that we have two clauses modifying "The Color Purple": 1) which was published in 1982 and 2) which brought her the widest acclaim. But there's no main verb for the "Color Purple" itself! (It's confusing because a long VERB-ing modifier comes in between the second "which" and "brought." This is intentional. The GMAT can be mean.) :twisted:

Because this part of the sentence lacks a main verb, it's a sentence fragment. And that's a huge problem, because now the sentence doesn't have an independent clause at all. So (D) is very wrong.

I hope that helps!
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LithiumIon wrote:
Although Alice Walker published a number of essays, poetry collections, and stories during the 1970s, her third novel, The Color Purple, which was published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim in that it won both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize.


(C) published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize


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Hi my honorable expert RonPurewal, MartyTargetTestPrep, jennpt, AjiteshArun, ccooley, DmitryFarber, GMATNinja, egmat, generis
I'm very very confused with the use of 'modifier' in this question. I think, the use of COMMA before ''which'' is not OK. Or, we can correct this SC by using the underline up to COMMA (the 'comma' before 'which')!

Explanation for the above statement:
Here, the official correct choice (C) is:
Although Alice Walker published a number of essays, poetry collections, and stories during the 1970s, her third novel, The Color Purple, published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Here, the "The Color Purple" is a modifier, so we can easily remove this part from the main sentence. If we take out the modifier (The Color Purple) with 2 COMMAs (the bold COMMAs) from the main part of the sentence we can get the bellow one.

Although Alice Walker published a number of essays, poetry collections, and stories during the 1970s, her third novel published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
In the above ^^ sentence, the use of COMMA (bold comma, which has been used after the word '1982' is NOT OK anymore-because, we CAN'T use a COMMA in the middle of 'subject' and 'verb' of a sentence! I mean: we can't write a sentence like "Mr. Asad, brought a glass of coffee for Mr. X"
The official sentence IS something like the above one after removing the modifier part published in 1982 (e.g., her third novel, brought her the widest acclaim.)
So, the official correct choice CAN'T be a correct answer anymore to me. I'm requesting my honorable experts to give their insight here. Your help will be appreciated.
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