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By installing special electric pumps, farmers’ houses could be heated

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By installing special electric pumps, farmers’ houses could be heated by the warmth from cows’ milk, according to one agricultural engineer.


(A) farmers’ houses could be heated by the warmth from cows’ milk, according to one agricultural engineer

(B) the warmth from cows’ milk could be used by farmers to heat their houses, according to one agricultural engineer

(C) one agricultural engineer reports that farmers could use the warmth from cows’ milk to heat their houses

(D) farmers, according to one agricultural engineer, could use the warmth from cows’ milk to heat their houses

(E) one agricultural engineer reports that farmers’ houses could be heated by the warmth from cows’ milk

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Originally posted by noboru on 20 Aug 2009, 16:36.
Last edited by Bunuel on 25 Sep 2018, 23:46, edited 1 time in total.
Renamed the topic and edited the question.
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Modifier question. By installing special electric pumps.,... Who installs? Farmers , So clear D.
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it is between C and E. yes it is modifier problem ... electric pumps ...who installs? an engineer ..

so I go with C for clarity and active voice.
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ugimba wrote:
it is between C and E. yes it is modifier problem ... electric pumps ...who installs? an engineer ..

so I go with C for clarity and active voice.


i think you mistook, actually engineer is reporting, only farmer installs ..
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Its a clear D..
Its the farmer who is installing..
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how can the farmer be the one who install?
shouldnt it be the engineer?
Please clarify.
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" their" can not have "cows " as antecedent...as cows is not mentioned anywhere..its rather the possessive case cows milk..., however.., their can have .., "farmers" or "engineers" as antecedent..
pls clarify...
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New post 25 Jun 2014, 20:15
noboru wrote:
how can the farmer be the one who install?
shouldnt it be the engineer?
Please clarify.
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@noboru, this problem deals with advanced modifier where the initial phrase impacts not only the main subject but also the main verb of the sentence.
(A/B) >> Modifier Problem: "By installing special electric pumps" is modifying “houses” in A and “the warmth” in B;
(C/E) >> Grammatically, all of CE & D are correct. Meaning-wise also, both an engineer and a farmer can install a pump. But, we shall look for the meaning in the whole sentence which goes much beyond away from just the noun getting impacted by the initial phrase. This distinction actually makes this problem superior than other problems where the initial modifier just impacts the ensuing main subject noun.

In this problem, the ensuing main verb in the sentence is also getting impacted by the initial phrase.
The strategy to tackle such problems of modifiers where multiple subjects or similar subjects are fitting in the modifier schema is to check the applicability of the modifier to the entailing main verb in the sentence. Here, “installing” in modifier phrase has no bearing on “reports”(main verb) in CE, though has correct bearing on “could use”(main verb) in D.
Let us take example from the current problem.

If we restructure CE, we get “engineer reports(main verb) by installing pumps engineer(initial phrase)” which is wrong. Looking meaning-wise at D, we can say “farmers could use(main verb) warmth …. by installing pumps(initial phrase)”, which is correct.
(D) >> Correct
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I rejected option B,C,D on the basis of pronoun error - "Their Houses" can refer to Cow's houses and Farmer's houses

Can you please help me understand where am i going wrong?
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RAHUL_GMAT Be careful with pronoun ambiguity! We can't eliminate a choice just because there is more than one possible antecedent for the pronoun. The sentence needs to be phrased in such a way that the reader may actually become confused about what the pronoun refers to. Here, it's pretty clear whose houses are getting heated!
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I think clue for the correct sentence is who would install the pump that is clearly farmer.
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