Although Navajo silversmiths borrowed designs from both : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
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# Although Navajo silversmiths borrowed designs from both

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Although Navajo silversmiths borrowed designs from both Mexican and Plains Indian sources, they adapted the designs into forms that were distinctively their own.

(A) distinctively their own
(B) distinctive to themselves
(C) distinct as theirs
(D) their own, distinctively
(E) distinct and their own
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17 Jan 2008, 05:05
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Dont see anything wrong with A
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17 Jan 2008, 22:14
A to me

distinctively an adverb modifying a pronoun... nothing wrong
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17 Jan 2008, 22:30
I also pick "A" but can't give a reason as to why I wouldn't pick the others.
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17 Jan 2008, 23:27
The sentence has following issues:
2. Modifier issue

(A) distinctively their own (“distinctively” adverb modifying the pronoun “their” – Eliminate it)
(B) distinctive to themselves ( requires Subjective form of the pronoun – not a Objective form – Eliminate it)
(C) distinct as theirs (Modifier issue – “designs” modifying the “Navajo silversmiths” – Eliminate it)
(D) their own, distinctively (Modifier issue – “their own” modifying the “forms” – Eliminate it)
(E) distinct and their own ( “distinct” correctly modifies forms)

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18 Jan 2008, 06:16
hanumayamma wrote:
The sentence has following issues:
2. Modifier issue

(A) distinctively their own (“distinctively” adverb modifying the pronoun “their” – Eliminate it)
(B) distinctive to themselves ( requires Subjective form of the pronoun – not a Objective form – Eliminate it)
(C) distinct as theirs (Modifier issue – “designs” modifying the “Navajo silversmiths” – Eliminate it)
(D) their own, distinctively (Modifier issue – “their own” modifying the “forms” – Eliminate it)
(E) distinct and their own ( “distinct” correctly modifies forms)

You may be right and I see nothing wrong with E as well and more clear and consise. However there is nothing wrong with an adverb modifying a pronoun

e.g. he Came to only Me for help

Here adverb only modifying me a pronoun

Here is what I got the defination of an adverb

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18 Jan 2008, 06:34
"...distinct and their own" is redundant in the sentence. I agree with A.
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18 Jan 2008, 07:09
hanumayamma wrote:
The sentence has following issues:
2. Modifier issue

(A) distinctively their own (“distinctively” adverb modifying the pronoun “their” – Eliminate it)
(B) distinctive to themselves ( requires Subjective form of the pronoun – not a Objective form – Eliminate it)
(C) distinct as theirs (Modifier issue – “designs” modifying the “Navajo silversmiths” – Eliminate it)
(D) their own, distinctively (Modifier issue – “their own” modifying the “forms” – Eliminate it)
(E) distinct and their own ( “distinct” correctly modifies forms)

I would have say A, but reading your explanation, I can't tell which one is correct :/
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18 Jan 2008, 17:21
GHIBI wrote:
Although Navajo silversmiths borrowed designs from both Mexican and Plains Indian sources, they adapted the designs into forms that were distinctively their own.

(A) distinctively their own
(B) distinctive to themselves
(C) distinct as theirs
(D) their own, distinctively
(E) distinct and their own

Forms is modified by the underlined sentence.

A) Forms that were distinctively their own is incorrect. Distinctively is adverb which not correct modifier for FORMS and "their" has no clear referent. Whether it's FORMS or Silversmiths?
B) distinctive to themselves is unclear meaning and incorrect usage.
C) distinct "as theirs" is some form of wrong comparison with unclear meaning
D) misplaced word order which leads to unclear meaning ,further use of adverb is unnecessary.
E) Forms that were distinct and their won. Is CORRECT. Form were distinct and THEIR clearly refers to silversmiths.

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18 Jan 2008, 19:41
OA is A.

I also picked A but couldnt find the explanation neither.
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18 Jan 2008, 19:44
If the borrowed the designs from someone else, how could they be distinct AND their own. That the designs were distinctively their own simply means they added their own unique touch to the designs they borrowed.

I'm not sure about the grammar involved, I picked A based simply on the logic of the sentence.
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19 Jan 2008, 23:44
solaris1

Thanks. I think checking logical intact is better deterrence against errors.

abhi426

I am quoting following information from Manhattan Sentence Correction 2007 edition – Page 73/ Chapter 5.

Incorrect: My friend Katy is a real interesting person.
Correct: My friend Katy is a really interesting person.

http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/sensen/part1 ... words.html
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19 Jan 2008, 23:50
GHIBI wrote:
OA is A.

I also picked A but couldnt find the explanation neither.

I am stupmed! Could someone tell what the referent for "their" in the answer choice "A". Is it the FORMS or the silversmiths? and how?
And also the mistake in "E" = ??
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20 Jan 2008, 09:24
"...they adapted the designs into forms that were distinctively their own"
the above part of the sentence clearly indicates that 'their' refers to the Navajo silversmiths.

LM wrote:
GHIBI wrote:
OA is A.

I also picked A but couldnt find the explanation neither.

I am stupmed! Could someone tell what the referent for "their" in the answer choice "A". Is it the FORMS or the silversmiths? and how?
And also the mistake in "E" = ??
Re: SC - Distinctive   [#permalink] 20 Jan 2008, 09:24
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