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Before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga, the second of

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Before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga, the second of Poland's Angevin rulers, thereby becoming King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as Jogaila, Grand
Duke of Lithuania.

(A) Before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga, the second of Poland's Angevin rulers, thereby becoming King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as Jogaila, Grand Duke of Lithuania.

(B) Before he converted to Christianity, married Jadwiga, the second ruler of Poland's Angevin, and became King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as Jogaila, Grand Duke of Lithuania.

(C) Before marrying Jadwiga, the second of Poland's Angevin rulers, thereby converting to Christianity and becoming King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as Grand Duke of Lithuania, Jogaila.

(D) Before Wladyslaw II converted to Christianity and married Jadwiga, the second ruler of Poland's Angevin, thereby becoming King of Poland, he was Jogaila, Grand Duke of Lithuania.

(E) Before Wladyslaw II converted to Christianity and married Jadwiga, the second of Poland's Angevin rulers, thereby becoming King of Poland, he was Grand Duke of Lithuania, Jogaila.

Interesting question - Has so many modifiers and commas, none of the answers seem correct.

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Originally posted by avohden on 04 Oct 2013, 19:53.
Last edited by Bunuel on 25 Feb 2019, 05:14, edited 2 times in total.
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31 Jan 2018, 02:15
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Hi Nitin,

What were you wondering about? If you're questioning the validity of the answer, I can vouch for it.

The main clause is "Wladyslaw II was known as Jogaila." When was he known by this name? "Before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga." Then we have two asides. One explains that Jadwiga was "the second of Poland's Angevin rulers" and the other explains that by marrying her, he became King of Poland. We also end with another modifier to Wladyslaw's name.

So we can read the full sentence this way, with the first modifier modifying the main clause, and the second modifier showing a result of the first modifier:

Before doing X, thereby doing Y, Wladyslaw II was known as Jogaila, Grand Duke of Lithuania.

What is X? Converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga
Who is Jadwiga? The second of Poland's Angevin rulers.
What is Y? Becoming the King of Poland.
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04 Oct 2013, 21:25
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avohden wrote:
Before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga, the second of Poland's Angevin
rulers, thereby becoming King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as Jogaila, Grand
Duke of Lithuania.

(A) Before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga, the second of Poland's
Angevin rulers, thereby becoming King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as
Jogaila, Grand Duke of Lithuania.

(B) Before he converted to Christianity, married Jadwiga, the second ruler of Poland's
Angevin, and became King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as Jogaila, Grand
Duke of Lithuania.

(C) Before marrying Jadwiga, the second of Poland's Angevin rulers, thereby converting
to Christianity and becoming King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as Grand Duke
of Lithuania, Jogaila.

(D) Before Wladyslaw II converted to Christianity and married Jadwiga, the second ruler of
Poland's Angevin, thereby becoming King of Poland, he was Jogaila, Grand Duke of Lithuania.

(E) Before Wladyslaw II converted to Christianity and married Jadwiga, the second of Poland's
Angevin rulers, thereby becoming King of Poland, he was Grand Duke of Lithuania, Jogaila.

Interesting question - Has so many modifiers and commas, none of the answers seem correct.
Source: GMAT Hacks - 091913

Honestly, I used the process of elimination here. I read A and jumped into the other choices (Not the best way to do..w/o prethinking)
Though we definitely have a meaning issue here beside a modifier issue.

What the org sentence is trying to say is: Wladyslaw II became the king of Poland after marrying Jadwiga( second of Poland's Angevin rulers). But before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga, he was known as Jogaila (Grand Duke of Lithuania)

B - Before he converted to Christianity, married Jadwiga, the second ruler of Poland's
Angevin, and became King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as Jogaila, Grand
Duke of Lithuania.
The 'and' sounds like before converting he became the king of Poland and was Jogalia. But the statement actually says that he became the king of Poland because he married Jagwiga

C - Before marrying Jadwiga, the second of Poland's Angevin rulers, thereby converting to Christianity and becoming King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as Grand Duke of Lithuania, Jogaila.
This sounds like he became the king before he married Jadwiga and he converted to Christianity because of that.

D- Before Wladyslaw II converted to Christianity and married Jadwiga, the second ruler of
Poland's Angevin, thereby becoming King of Poland, [color=#0000ff]he was Jogaila, Grand Duke of Lithuania.[/color]
'he was Jogalia' as a stand alone phrase seems incorrect. It sounds like the second ruler of Poland's Angevin became King of Poland.
thereby becoming King of Poland incorrectly modifies the second ruler of Poland's Angevin

E- Before Wladyslaw II converted to Christianity and married Jadwiga, the second of Poland's
Angevin rulers, thereby becoming King of Poland, he was Grand Duke of Lithuania, Jogaila.
This almost seems correct, but the statement ends in Jogalia! It's like saying: He was smart, Tom

P.S: IF the words are too confusing, you can shorten them. I translated Jadwiga and Jogalia to Jad and Jog so I could read faster!
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23 Sep 2014, 23:24
(A) Before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga, the second of Poland's
Angevin rulers, thereby becoming King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as
Jogaila, Grand Duke of Lithuania. --> OA

(B) Before he converted to Christianity, married Jadwiga, the second ruler of Poland's
Angevin, and became King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as Jogaila, Grand
Duke of Lithuania.

(C) Before marrying Jadwiga, the second of Poland's Angevin rulers, thereby converting
to Christianity and becoming King of Poland,
Wladyslaw II was known as Grand Duke
of Lithuania, Jogaila. (change meaning, convert and marry at the same time)

(D) Before Wladyslaw II converted to Christianity and married Jadwiga, the second ruler of
Poland's Angevin, thereby becoming King of Poland, [color=#ed1c24]he was Jogaila[/color], Grand Duke of Lithuania. (who is he? Wladyslaw or Jadwiga)

(E) Before Wladyslaw II converted to Christianity and married Jadwiga, the second of Poland's
Angevin rulers, thereby becoming King of Poland, he was Grand Duke of Lithuania, Jogaila. (who is he? Wladyslaw or Jadwiga)
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15 May 2015, 12:26
"A) Before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga, the second of Poland's
Angevin rulers, thereby becoming King of Poland, Wladyslaw II was known as
Jogaila, Grand Duke of Lithuania."

Dont you think its ambigous this part: Before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga, the second of Poland's
Angevin rulers
. Could be also that modifier "Before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga" is modifying "the second of Poland's
Angevin rulers"
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23 Jan 2018, 02:22
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Hi Experts,

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01 Mar 2019, 01:36
Having gone through all the options, A is the correct one.
In B, ‘and became king of Poland’ implies that marrying Jadwiga and becoming king of Poland were two separate events. The comma denotes that the two clauses are independent.
C is improperly constructed and does not make sense. ‘thereby converting to Christianity’ modifies ‘marrying Jadwiga’, implying that Wladsylaw II converted to Christianity by marrying Jadwiga.
D ‘he was Jogalia’ should not be a standalone phrase. Rather than being joined by a comma ‘he was Jogalia’ and ‘Grand Duke of Lithuania’ should be joined by ‘the’.
E has only one error, at the very end. ‘Grand Duke of Poland, Jogalia’ is an improper format. It should be ‘Jogalia, Grand Duke of Poland’.
Re: Before converting to Christianity and marrying Jadwiga, the second of   [#permalink] 01 Mar 2019, 01:36
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