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# At the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah, W. E. B. Du Bois settled

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152. At the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah, W. E. B. Du Bois settled in Gharla and became the editor of the Encyclopedia Africana.

(A) At the invitation of
(B) When he was invited by
(C) An invitation coming from
(D) An invitation that came from
(E) After having an invitation by
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152. At the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah, W. E. B. Du Bois settled in Gharla and became the editor of the Encyclopedia Africana.

(A) At the invitation of
(B) When he was invited by
(C) An invitation coming from
(D) An invitation that came from
(E) After having an invitation by

A. seems perfect. B. is not bad, and may actually be the right answer. Let me come back to these two. Not C. or D. E. seems also possible.
So, I have A, B and E. A reads the best initially and on this reread. In B. it seems the invitation and the settling and becoming happened at the same time. E. seems more awkward each time I look at it. I wish I could explain why, but I am saying A. What is the source and what is the answer?

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19 Aug 2009, 10:51
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152. At the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah, W. E. B. Du Bois settled in Gharla and became the editor of the Encyclopedia Africana.

(A) At the invitation of
(B) When he was invited by
(C) An invitation coming from
(D) An invitation that came from
(E) After having an invitation by

My choice is B, as it clearly conveys the whole sentence in simple past.
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19 Aug 2009, 13:35
noboru wrote:
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A for me.

and why is that?

I'm not sure about which rule is being tested here. I just like the 'At the invitation' option better than the other ones.
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20 Aug 2009, 02:43
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I think that there's a slight changing in meaning between A and B.

In A) Kwame Nkrumah invited W. E. B. Du Bois to settle in Gharla

In B) Is not clear whether Kwame Nkrumah invitated W. E. B. Du to settle in Gharla or not. Perhaps Kwame Nkrumah invited W. E. B. Du to visit the country but not to settle in Gharla.
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20 Aug 2009, 02:54
IMO B..
the question test modifier...
onln in B...correct modifying phrase...modifying W.E.B.....
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20 Aug 2009, 11:07
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IMO B..
the question test modifier...
onln in B...correct modifying phrase...modifying W.E.B.....

OA is A.

PS: what does IMO mean? i see that in every post!
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20 Aug 2009, 19:23
noboru wrote:
age wrote:
IMO B..
the question test modifier...
onln in B...correct modifying phrase...modifying W.E.B.....

PS: what does IMO mean? i see that in every post!

IMO " IMO means In My Opinion"
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20 Aug 2009, 19:56
noboru wrote:
age wrote:
IMO B..
the question test modifier...
onln in B...correct modifying phrase...modifying W.E.B.....

OA is A.

PS: what does IMO mean? i see that in every post!

I think OA...is wrong..it is 1000 SC...question??
Search the question on google....u may find discussion on other forums also...I still maintain it is modifier problem here...
Moreover "At the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah," seems prepositonal phrase.....and prepositional phrases don't modify..noun..have to chk this...
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20 Aug 2009, 20:24
age wrote:
noboru wrote:
age wrote:
IMO B..
the question test modifier...
onln in B...correct modifying phrase...modifying W.E.B.....

OA is A.

PS: what does IMO mean? i see that in every post!

I think OA...is wrong..it is 1000 SC...question??
Search the question on google....u may find discussion on other forums also...I still maintain it is modifier problem here...
Moreover "At the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah," seems prepositonal phrase.....and prepositional phrases don't modify..noun..have to chk this...

You can find discussion in gmatclub itself, try gmatclub's search engine, it has been discussed manytimes, more than 6 independent threads, and most accepted the OA as A,
and prepositional phrases modifies noun, they can function as both adjective and adverb
http://www.yourdictionary.com/grammar-r ... rases.html
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20 Aug 2009, 20:56
I misquoted it..thanks for info..I knw that they modify noun...but I have not seen them coming before comma...and modifying noun.. even then I m not satisifed that "At the inviatation .." can modify W.E.B.....thx..I will search the therads for same..
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When he was invited by Kwame Nkrumah, W. E. B. Du Bois settled in Gharla and became the editor of the Encyclopedia Africana. -- means invitation, settlement and becoming editor all happened together which is not true. It distorts the meaning. This is a tough one. I am sure I will get this kind of question wrong in real test.
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22 May 2010, 14:59
I picked (A) too but I do not know the grammatical reasons for A to be correct. Will appreciate if someone can point the exact reason for A to be correct over B.
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08 Nov 2010, 00:41
can an expert give his comments on this .. why A is OA ? and why B is not
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The term when is used as a subordinate conjunction to denote a narrow, restricted time frame. Here B means to say that W. E. B. Du Bois reacted the moment he was invited by Nkrumah. The essence of the matter is that Bois decided to settle in Ghana because he had to oblige Nkrumah. Viewed from that angle, when becomes off the mark. That is why A is a better choice.
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09 Nov 2010, 00:42
invitation here is suppose to connect to the time when he settled there , that too is mentioned in later part of sentence . Logically he didn't settle due to the invitation which is implied in option A
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09 Nov 2010, 06:50
I'm still confused with this one.
Could anybody elaborate?

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09 Nov 2010, 07:03
I would go with A as well

"When" in this sentence might imply "immediately". (for an action that follows instantly)

e.g., When the phone rang, I picked it up.
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noboru wrote:
I'm still confused with this one.
Could anybody elaborate?

Thanks!

I think that Daagh's post provides the most logical explanation.

I answered B, thinking that A sounded awkward and might even be unidiomatic.

If A is grammatically correct, then B changes the meaning.
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10 Nov 2010, 12:40
I guess that I'm just not familiar with the expression "At the invitation..."

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noboru wrote:
I'm still confused with this one.
Could anybody elaborate?

Thanks!

I think that Daagh's post provides the most logical explanation.

I answered B, thinking that A sounded awkward and might even be unidiomatic.

If A is grammatically correct, then B changes the meaning.

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