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03 Apr 2014, 22:35
My query might be illogical but here it is.

In her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, Beatrix Potter

Option (B). what is the issue?

'In her book illustrations' is a prepositional phrase and we can't modify the SUBJECT inside the prepositional phrase. So, what I perceived from the sentence is that

'carefully coordinating them with her narratives' modifies Beatrix Potter and 'In her book illustrations' also modifies Beatrix Potter.

However, it is the placement of PP that is too far from what it modifies.

Can anyone comment on this since per the OE from OG

B Phrase carefully coordinating... illogically
modifies the noun that immediately
precedes it: book illustrations; Potter, not the
illustrations, did the coordinating.
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Hi TGC.,

In option B, there are two modifiers following each other and they both modify Beatrix Potter and this can be confusing and so it is better to avoid such a strcuture.

In the right answer choice "C", "which she carefully coordinated with her narratives" modifies "In her book illustrations" and "in her book illustrations" modifies "Beatrix Potter" and so structure is much clearer.
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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

Meaning: BP capitalized on her keen observation and love of natural world in her book illustrations by carefully coordinating illustrations with her narratives.

POE:
In Option A) The modifier "carefully coordinating them with her narratives" is modifying "book illustrations" as if the book illustrations are coordinating with her narratives.

Option B) Same issue as above.

Option D) "Carefully coordinated with her narratives" -> After the verb-ed modifier, we have "Beatrix Potter". It seems as if the BP is the result of coordination.

Option E) The cause and effect is removed by making it as a list.

Option C) is correct
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Can anyone explain below OE taken from OG for option (A):

A The participial phrase does not clearly
modify the noun in the preceding phrase;
use of the present progressive form of the
verb confuses the sequence of time with
respect to the past tense of the main verb
capitalized.

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02 Jul 2014, 20:10
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Hi there,

Thanks for posting your query here.

In this sentence, since there is no clause preceding the verb -ing modifier, the phrase 'carefully coordinating them with her narratives' is modifying the prepositional phrase 'in her book illustrations'. Hence, the modification is illogical.

I hope this helps to clarify your doubt!

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Hi Meghna,

Can the verb -ing modifier - 'carefully coordinating them with her narratives' modify the clause that follows it - 'Beatrix Potter capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world'

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07 Sep 2014, 16:11
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162. 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

Here is my 2 cents on this topic.
(A) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, >> This is wrong because this ,+verbing modifier modifies then entire clause not just the preceding noun, there is no clause preceding this modifier.
(B) In her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, Beatrix Potter >>> Same as above.
(C) In her book illustrations, which she carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter >>> This is correct
(D) Carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations >>> Illogical modification.
(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and >> Illogical modification.

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07 Sep 2014, 16:22
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GetThisDone wrote:
Good example to work with modification errors.

All answers except have clearly got modification errors.

Dont you think E is a fragment?

Beatrix Potter, In her book illustrations, (Verb required) carefully coordinated.....

I do not think it is a fragment ; coordinated is a verb. The real problem is noun pronoun agreement error.
As per option E the sentence reads as follows:
Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narrative and capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world.

The real problem is that the pronoun "them" does not have a clear antecedent. The rule is subject pronoun should refer to a subject noun and object pronoun should refer to an object noun. Here them which is an object pronoun in the main clause seems to refer to "her book illustrations" which is object of prepositional modifier and not a part of main clause. That is why it is incorrect.

It will be great if some expert can validate my explanation.

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17 Sep 2014, 07:13
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162. Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world.

(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and

I chose C, but I still don't get why option E is wrong. This is how I read (E):

Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, did 2 things (because "and" is used here instead of ", and" --> she did 2 things):
1 - carefully coordinated them (book illustrations) with her narratives
2 - capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world

Could you please help to explain, egmat and other experts?

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Hi there,

Thanks for posting your query here.

In this sentence, since there is no clause preceding the verb -ing modifier, the phrase 'carefully coordinating them with her narratives' is modifying the prepositional phrase 'in her book illustrations'. Hence, the modification is illogical.

I hope this helps to clarify your doubt!

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The word coordinating is not just after the comma. carefully is in between. Is the rule for verbing preceded by a comma applies ?

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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, Verb parallelism
(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 Modifies Beatrix Potter
(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and --- Pronoun reference/ comma should be preceded by "and".No reference to "Them" if in her book illustrations is removed.

Correct answer is C

This is good explanation than that of official guide.

I do not understand the explanation for E provided by OG. Luckily, this explanation is better. Thanks

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

(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and

I chose C, but I still don't get why option E is wrong. This is how I read (E):

Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, did 2 things (because "and" is used here instead of ", and" --> she did 2 things):
1 - carefully coordinated them (book illustrations) with her narratives
2 - capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world

Could you please help to explain, egmat and other experts?

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Hi, I am a green hand in GMAT. But I do really love discussing problems with people, so let me try to articulate the E. Maybe my understanding or explanation is wrong. But I would be delighted to discuss with u guys.
I think the biggest problem in E is the pronoun-"them". In other words, if we want to use pronoun, there must be an object(reference) before the pronoun. Meanwhile, there are two noun before the "them",1. Beatrix Potter, 2. illustrations. Also "them" is used to indicate the plural noun, in this case is the "illustrations", however, it does not make sense if you think about the meaning of the sentence.

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(A) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives,
Potter is too far from the verb "capitalize"
the verb "coordinate" happened in the illustrations, wrong
(B) In her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
the verb "coordinate" happened in the illustrations, wrong
(C) In her book illustrations, which she carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
correct
(D) Carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations
Potter is "coordinated", wrong
(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and
Potter is too far from the verb "capitalized", inferior to C

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162. 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

1. her narratives should modify or touch Beatrix Potter
2. illustrations is modified correctly by which

D is unclear and clumsy

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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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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

does 'illustrations' name of the book? If yes can Options A,B,E eliminated for SV agreement error!

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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

does 'illustrations' name of the book? If yes can Options A,B,E eliminated for SV agreement error!

Please explain

No, if it were the book title, then the first letter would be uppercase - "Illustrations".

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