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Although it consisted of only three films, James Dean had a career that generated an enduring legend of him as a moody, unpredictable rebel.

A. James Dean had a career that

B. James Dean’s career had that

C. the career that was of James Dean

D. James Dean’s career

E. it was the career of James Dean that

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26 Jul 2018, 04:51
It should be D. It is referring to the career so it should come after the comma.

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26 Jul 2018, 04:55
+1 for D.

A. James Dean had a career that

B. James Dean’s career had that

C. the career that was of James Dean

D. James Dean’s career --> Correct, rectifies modifier issue

E. it was the career of James Dean that

Hence, D.
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26 Jul 2018, 04:55
Ans: [IMO] D
It must refer to the career because the career was consisted of three films. so A and E out.
now B: Had that generated: Wrong structure and also "Had that generated" does not make any sense.
C : The Career that was of James Dean: James Dean's Career is more precise to use and not awkward.
D: Correctly usage the James Dean's Career and also the clause make sense.

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Although it consisted of only three films, James Dean had a career that generated an enduring legend of him as a moody, unpredictable rebel.

A. James Dean had a career that

B. James Dean’s career had that

C. the career that was of James Dean

D. James Dean’s career

E. it was the career of James Dean that

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26 Jul 2018, 05:07
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A. James Dean had a career that

"Although it consisted of only three films" modifies James Dean's career and not James Dean himself. The subject of the independent clause, therefore, should be James dean's career. INCORRECT
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B. James Dean’s career had that

No need of past perfect tense. INCORRECT
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C. the career that was of James Dean

wordy sentence. James Dean's career is more concise. INCORRECT

James Dean's career is always James Dean's career. Use of "was" implies that his career doesn't belong to him anymore which is INCORRECT
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D. James Dean’s career
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E. it was the career of James Dean that

wordy sentence. James Dean's career is more concise. INCORRECT
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Hence option D
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26 Jul 2018, 08:26
if we select option D, then what is "him" referring to?
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26 Jul 2018, 10:50
I believe the answer should be E instead. In the latter half of the sentence, the word him most certainly cannot refer back to the James Dean’s career as option D is stating because James Dean is in possessive form.
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26 Jul 2018, 11:02
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I believe the answer should be E instead. In the latter half of the sentence, the word him most certainly cannot refer back to the James Dean’s career as option D is stating because James Dean is in possessive form.

Yup. I missed the presence of "him" in the non-underlined portion. Option D is missing an antecedent for the pronoun "him". Looks like option E is a better choice. Thanks for the correction.
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26 Jul 2018, 11:14
Sure I remember that rule about possessive form from e-gmat course.

Now I am all blah

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26 Jul 2018, 11:20
One more thing to note is that a pronoun can only refer back to a noun or a noun phrase or an other pronoun. "James Dean's" acts as an adjective in option D.
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daagh chetan2u GMATNinja egmat

The OA is option D but option D is missing the antecedent for pronoun "him". If I remember correctly, "James Dean's" acts as an adjective in option D and hence the pronoun "him" cannot refer to it.

I like to know your opinion on this.

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The cited question flouts grammar norms.
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daagh chetan2u GMATNinja egmat

The OA is option D but option D is missing the antecedent for pronoun "him". If I remember correctly, "James Dean's" acts as an adjective in option D and hence the pronoun "him" cannot refer to it.

I like to know your opinion on this.

Thank You.

Yup, you're spot-on in noticing the issue, workout. (And as usual, so is @daagh!)

Generally speaking, non-possessive pronouns ("him" in this case) can't refer to possessive antecedents ("James Dean's") on the GMAT -- at the very least, I've never seen a correct answer on an official GMAT question that does so. So yes, this question doesn't seem to follow the GMAT's norms, and since the question isn't from an official source, and it should be taken with a grain of salt, anyway.

I hope this helps!
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30 Jul 2018, 03:04
Bunuel wrote:
Although it consisted of only three films, James Dean had a career that generated an enduring legend of him as a moody, unpredictable rebel.

A. James Dean had a career that

B. James Dean’s career had that

C. the career that was of James Dean

D. James Dean’s career

E. it was the career of James Dean that

KAPLAN OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

Correct Choice: (D)

The sentence begins with a subordinate clause containing an unspecified pronoun “it”. The pronoun’s antecedent — James Dean’s career —must directly follow this subordinate clause; the most precise choice is therefore (D).

Choice (A), incorrectly implies that the “it” refers to James Dean himself, but Dean would be a “he,” not an “it” and he doesn’t “consist of three films”.Because of its last two words, choice (B)makes no sense when plugged into the sentence: “had that generated”? Choices (C) and (E) make for correct pronoun reference, but are awkward and passive
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09 Aug 2018, 17:57
Bunuel wrote:
Although it consisted of only three films, James Dean had a career that generated an enduring legend of him as a moody, unpredictable rebel.

A. James Dean had a career that

B. James Dean’s career had that

C. the career that was of James Dean

D. James Dean’s career

E. it was the career of James Dean that

I chose D for clear meaning and proper modifier.
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22 Nov 2019, 04:52
The initial modifier refers to James dean's career. Modifier preceding a clause only modifies the noun.
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