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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 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


(B) published in 1982, bringing her the widest acclaim by winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize
Two issues:
1) "Published" is a modifier and it is with comma pair, so cannot be a verb.
2) "bringing" is a participle modifier modifying "Color Purple" which is correct. But if published and bringing are both modifier then where is the verb?


(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
Here "was published" is a clause. We have a conjunction "and" so which should refer to "Color Purple". "winning" is a modifier which modifies "Color Purple". if we use this construction, the meaning changes and instead of cause and effect relationship, now "winning" is modifying the book.

(E) was published in 1982, winning both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and bringing her the widest acclaim
We have Clause + Comma + verbing modifier -> winning and bringing. So these two modifier should modify the previous clause which doesn't make any sense.
How can mere act of publishing can win her the prizes -> illogical meaning

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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 X and Y is correct. Hence this option is wrong.
(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. Both X and Y is correct. Hence this option is wrong.

Only Option C is free from error.
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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.


Lets get the theme -

Although Alice Walker
published a number of essays,.........during the 1970s
her third novel, The Color Purple published in 1982 brought her the widest acclaim


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

published .....published.....brought
Winning ->comma+Verb-Ing = Presents results of preceding clause
Correct Use of Both_______ and ________

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

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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 X and Y is correct. Hence this option is wrong.
(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. Both X and Y is correct. Hence this option is wrong.

Only Option C is free from error.


C seems okay. Just a clarification: Does novel win price or the author? If answer is author than C is wrong because it suggests that Novel won the price. Any comments?
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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 (NO VERB)
(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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2016 GMAT Official Guide, Question 13

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


'Both X and Y' is the right idiom. A and E are out.

Sentence is in past tense and hence we should use 'brought' instead of 'bringing'. B is out

(C) published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize . correct sentence. Maintains parallelism.
(D) was published in 1982 and which, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, brought her the widest acclaim . 'and' indicates parallel marker. But, which is lacking in the beginning of the sentence.

C is the answer
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2016 GMAT Official Guide, Question 13

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 --- NO VERB. so not an indep clause.
(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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Still don't understand why B is is incorrect. If B is missing a verb, why C is correct.
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Still don't understand why B is is incorrect. If B is missing a verb, why C is correct.


Choice B:
Although Alice Walker published a number of essays, poetry collections, and stories during the 1970s, her third novel, The Color Purple, published in 1982, bringing her the widest acclaim by winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Although (Co-ordinating conjunction) | Alice Walker (Subject) | Published (Verb)
Subordinating conjunction + Subject + Verb ------ Dependent Clause

Her Third Novel (subject) + bringing (not a verb).
Subject + NO Verb ------ NOT Independent clause

Dependent Clause + Comma + NOT an Independent Clause --- Wrong construction

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

Although (Co-ordinating conjunction) | Alice Walker (Subject) | Published (Verb)
Subordinating conjunction + Subject + Verb ------ Dependent Clause

Her Third Novel (subject) brought (verb)
Subject + Verb ------ Independent clause

Dependent Clause + Comma + Independent Clause --- 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 - "both" needs "and", "as well" is wrong here
(B) published in 1982, bringing her the widest acclaim by winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize - no verb, therefore its a fragment not a complete sentence
(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 - "which" reference unclear + wordy
(E) was published in 1982, winning both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and bringing her the widest acclaim - "both" needs "and", "as well" is wrong here
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Vertical scan reveals that option A and E have idiom pair ‘both X as well as Y’. Correct idiom pair is ‘both X and Y’. Eliminate A and B.

In option D, ‘was published….. and which’ demands parallel structure. If ‘which’ is present after ‘and’, ‘which’ must be present before ‘and’ as well. Parallel structure missing. Eliminate.

In B, ‘published in 1982’ is a modifier, ‘ bringing her ..’ is again a modifier. ‘her third novel’ is the subject. But verb is not present. Eliminate.

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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

A and E have incorrect IDIOM - both x as well as y

Correct IDIOM should be both x and y

B - Missing verb

D - usage of "which" is incorrect

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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



Can someone please explain why the answer is not B?
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Hi ggpapas,

To answer your question, B is wrong because it doesn't contain a verb. By starting that phrase with an -ing word, it changes the verb phrase to a modifier phrase. Here is what B looks like with the rest of the sentence added in:

Although Alice Walker published a number of essays, poetry collections, and stories during the 1970s, her third novel, The Color Purple, published in 1982, bringing her the widest acclaim by winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

If we cross out the modifiers from the original sentence, we're left with a sentence fragment:

The Color Purple bringing her the widest acclaim by winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

If we do the same thing with the correct answer (C), we're left with a complete sentence:

The Color Purple 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. 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

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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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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.


(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


winning modifies preceding clause ..The Color Purple, published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim...
in terms of "what" means..it refers to the book (which is the subject of the clause)
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We've had some great discussion on this already, but let's see if we can break down HOW to answer this question in the quickest and easiest way we can! Before we dive in, here is the original question with the main differences between each option highlighted in orange:

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


After taking a quick glance over the options, a few key differences stand out:

1. which was published / was published / published
2. and / as well as
3. brought / bringing


The best place to start is anything that will knock out either 2 or 3 answers right away, so let's work our way backwards on our list and start with #3: brought vs. bringing. This is clearly an issue with verbs, so let's determine which one is the best to use here.

To begin, we need to find the subject and verb. Here is the original sentence:

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.

If we cross out all of the modifiers (and there are a few), we're left with this:

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.

Once you take out the modifiers, which are mainly there to confuse readers, it's clear that the subject of the sentence is "The Color Purple." And what did The Color Purple do? It brought Alice Walker acclaim! Let's look over each option more carefully to figure out which ones use the right verb to match the subject. I'll still cross out any modifiers to help you see things more clearly.

(A) 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 --> OK
(B) The Color Purple, published in 1982, bringing her the widest acclaim by winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize --> WRONG
("The Color Purple bringing" isn't the right verb.)
(C) The Color Purple, published in 1982, brought her the widest acclaim, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize --> OK
(D) The Color Purple, was published in 1982 and which, winning both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, brought her the widest acclaim --> WRONG
(While this does use the correct verb "brought," it also tries to add another verb "was published" inside a modifier, which is a big no-no because it creates a comma splice! So, let's rule this one out too.)
(E) The Color Purple, was published in 1982, winning both the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and bringing her the widest acclaim --> WRONG
(This one is wrong because it uses the incorrect "bringing" and it has a comma splice before "was published.")

We can eliminate options B, D, & E because they use the wrong verbs or have comma splices. Now that we're left with only 2 options to choose from, let's tackle #2 on our list: as well as vs. and.

Whenever we see the word "both" joining two objects, those two objects MUST be joined by the word and:

Both X and Y = CORRECT
Both X as well as Y = WRONG


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


There you go - option C is the correct choice because it uses the correct verb "brought" and uses the idiom "both X and Y" correctly!


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