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Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Abraham

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Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, which was raised in a family of modest means and became self-educated, had been a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a member of the United States House of Representatives.

a) which was raised in a family having a modest living and became self-educated
b) who was borned into a poor family and mostly educated himself
c) from a family with little material goods and who had educated hisself
d) of a family without too many materials and mostly self-educated
e) born into a family of modest means and mainly self-educated

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Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, which was raised in a family of modest means and became self-educated, had been a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a member of the United States House of Representatives.

a) which was raised in a family having a modest living and became self-educated
b) who was borned into a poor family and mostly educated himself
c) from a family with little material goods and who had educated hisself
d) of a family without too many materials and mostly self-educated
e) born into a family of modest means and mainly self-educated

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A,C,D are out. Which cannot refer to a person and of, and from are prepositions and should come directly after the noun it's modifying. C,D have other issues as well.

So 2 real options B and E.

B is wordy in my opinion since the noun modifier is supposed to modify A. Linc, it would suffice to say, "born into a family... educated".
So E is the answer IMO purely based on concision.

Any other thoughts? And what's the OA?
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sashiim20 wrote:
Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, which was raised in a family of modest means and became self-educated, had been a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a member of the United States House of Representatives.

a) which was raised in a family having a modest living and became self-educated
b) who was borned into a poor family and mostly educated himself
c) from a family with little material goods and who had educated hisself
d) of a family without too many materials and mostly self-educated
e) born into a family of modest means and mainly self-educated

Source : GMAT Club Grammar Book


A,C,D are out. Which cannot refer to a person and of, and from are prepositions and should come directly after the noun it's modifying. C,D have other issues as well.

So 2 real options B and E.

B is wordy in my opinion since the noun modifier is supposed to modify A. Linc, it would suffice to say, "born into a family... educated".
So E is the answer IMO purely based on concision.

Any other thoughts? And what's the OA?


You're off to a great start. Option B is out due to the use of "borned". It's incorrect and extremely awkward. E is a concise and proper answer.
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A, C, D are out as these do not modify Lincoln properly,
In B, borned is improper and mostly educated himself sounds awkward...
Hence E

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You won't find real GMAT questions where you can rule out answer choices because they include words ('borned' and 'hisself') which don't even exist.
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Imo E
The underlined part is a modifier which modifies Abraham Lincoln.
So only option E is correct .
Option B comes close but wrongly use incorrect "borned"
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