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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. Both A and B is the correct usage

(B)published in 1982, bringing her the widest acclaim by winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. No verb for the subject The color purple

(C)published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Both A and B correctly used

(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

So answer C is correct
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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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Though I answered the question correctly, I am curious to know the word "winning" acts as what kind of verb in option C ? :-) it seems to me on the other hand that "winning' is a bit ambiguous, i mean in terms to "what" it refers

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

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

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

(D) was published in 1982 and which, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, brought her the widest acclaim( InCorrect) as starting with was. We need a noun not verb

(E) was published in 1982, winning both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and bringing her the widest acclaim( same as D so wrong)
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I don’t understand in choice C, why winning modify the book. Comma+doing should modify the entire preceding clause?

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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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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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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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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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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.

The comma after "The Color Purple" serves two purposes: 1) it separates "The Color Purple", which clarifies what, exactly "her third novel" is; AND 2) it separates the "published..." modifier.

Just because you remove "The Color Purple" does not mean you can remove both of those commas! That second comma is serving two roles, so we'd have to leave it in: ".. her third novel..., published in 1982, brought her..."

If we remove the "published..." modifier, THEN we can get rid of the remaining two commas that separate it from the rest of the sentence: "... her third novel brought her..."

So (C) is totally fine. :)

I hope this helps!
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