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# Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully

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Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world.

(A) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives,
(B) In her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(C) In her book illustrations, which she carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(D) Carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations
(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and

Hi Guys, I have difficulty to understand the OG explanation for elimination of option E.
It says: "them cannot refer back to book illustrations as it is object of the preposition in" ???? What does it exactly mean.
Is it some kind of rule , I hunted on net with faliure.
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Hi IanSolo,

This is one of those OG problems in which the explanation is not a good one and is confusing at best. B and C are close answer choices.

I guess you must have identified that C is clearly the best option without any ambiguity. But confused by the OG explanation.

Let us consider (B)

The clear error in (B) is them. If we take them as illustrations then the sentence would mean that Beatrix Potter coordinated "the book illustrations" in the book illustrations. This does not make any sense.

Moreover, even if you consider the phrase "coordinating them...." modifying the next clause "Beatrix Potter capitalized....". It contextually sounds illogical, Beatrix Potter cannot develop develop love for nature by coordinating her illustrations.

The not so good thing about this problem is that you can not generalize the error. You would be better off if you just remember it as a specific pattern of error on GMAT. Furthermore, this also one of these questions in which POE is not the best way to go. Just mark the clearly identifiable answer choice and move ahead.

Hope that helps,
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Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world.

(A) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives,
(B) In her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(C) In her book illustrations, which she carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(D) Carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations
(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and

Hi Guys, I have difficulty to understand the OG explanation for elimination of option E.
It says: "them cannot refer back to book illustrations as it is object of the preposition in" ???? What does it exactly mean.
Is it some kind of rule , I hunted on net with faliure.

THEM can not refer back to book illustrations ==> eliminate A, B, E.
D need COMMA followed illustrations. ==> Also eliminate D
C has no flaw. WHICH refers back to illustration.
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huntgmat wrote:
Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world.

(A) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives,
(B) In her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(C) In her book illustrations, which she carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(D) Carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations
(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and

Hi Guys, I have difficulty to understand the OG explanation for elimination of option E.
It says: "them cannot refer back to book illustrations as it is object of the preposition in" ???? What does it exactly mean.
Is it some kind of rule , I hunted on net with faliure.

Yeah, that is a kind of rule, only Og have it and you should follow the OG rule!
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04 Jun 2008, 04:53
Try to read it as -

"In her book illustrations, Beatrix Potter carefully coordinated them... and capitalized on .. observation and love..."

The above statement implies that the book illustrations were co-ordinated in the book illustrations which does not make sense. Hence the mention of the statement - "them cannot refer back to book illustrations as it is object of the preposition in".

However, when it is in written as, "In her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, Beatrix Potter" the statement "carefully coordinating them with her narratives" separately describes the book illustrations avoiding any ambiguity with the preposition "in".

I hope this makes it clear.
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04 Jun 2008, 21:49
Thanks g-crook.
But it is explained only for option E and not for others ?
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04 Feb 2013, 10:33
Hello everybody!!
I'm looking this one on OG13, but I didn't understand why B is wrong... The OG says that phrase carefully coordinating illogically modifies the noun that immediately precedes it: book illustrations.
However in C is used which to modify book illustrations, so what is the difference between B and C?!
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30 Nov 2013, 18:02
Vercules wrote:
Hi IanSolo,

This is one of those OG problems in which the explanation is not a good one and is confusing at best. B and C are close answer choices.

I guess you must have identified that C is clearly the best option without any ambiguity. But confused by the OG explanation.

Let us consider (B)

The clear error in (B) is them. If we take them as illustrations then the sentence would mean that Beatrix Potter coordinated "the book illustrations" in the book illustrations. This does not make any sense.

Moreover, even if you consider the phrase "coordinating them...." modifying the next clause "Beatrix Potter capitalized....". It contextually sounds illogical, Beatrix Potter cannot develop develop love for nature by coordinating her illustrations.

The not so good thing about this problem is that you can not generalize the error. You would be better off if you just remember it as a specific pattern of error on GMAT. Furthermore, this also one of these questions in which POE is not the best way to go. Just mark the clearly identifiable answer choice and move ahead.

Hope that helps,
Vercules

I like C here
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27 Feb 2016, 11:07
According to me,Pronoun is not an issue in this Sentence.
them only can refer to illustrations... Carefully coordinating narratives with narratives doesn't make much sense to me.
On the other hand there is a modifier placement issue. Verb-ing Co-ordinating preceded by a comma needs a clause that it can modify or the head of the next clause .
In this case it doesn't make sense that it modifies BEatrix . Hence C is right.
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