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Created in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

a) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
b) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
c) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
d) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.
e) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.
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28 Jan 2009, 17:30
D& E is eliminated due to modifying error.
"where" in A is wrong, and usage of "HE" indicates active voice

SO its B for me.

I am not sure about the exact grammatical reasoning, can someone explain pls.

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28 Jan 2009, 17:46
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D& E is eliminated due to modifying error.
"where" in A is wrong, and usage of "HE" indicates active voice

SO its B for me.

I am not sure about the exact grammatical reasoning, can someone explain pls.

as you narrowed it down, it is down to B & C.

B is better than C. his death is better than he died.

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28 Jan 2009, 20:26
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Created in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

a) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
b) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
c) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
d) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.
e) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.

B for me, as C has no antecedent.

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Created in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

a) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
b) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
c) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
d) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.
e) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.

A,C --> out.. Possessive posion.. he can't refer to Anders Celsius’s

Created by Anders Celsious in 1731, thermometer --> would have been better choice..
D and E are out.

B is the best.
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28 Jan 2009, 21:09
B is the better choice here.

A: Possesive pronoun error
C: Possesive pronoun error
D: Sentence after semi-colon must be independent clause.
E: "was reversed" is changed to "reversed" mistakenly
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28 Jan 2009, 23:17
Clearly B.

A - use of "where" is wrong. It should be used for the place.
C - Use of subject pronoun "he" is wrong as there is no referent as subject noun.
D and E - construction is awkward.

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29 Jan 2009, 15:09
Hi mates,

IMO B

a) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
b) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
c) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
d) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.
e) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.

D out: "; reversing "
E out: the scale reversed is wrong, it should be in pasive voice
A out: where is for places, not for things

Between B and C, I'd go with B because "after he died" sounds like inmediately

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31 Jan 2009, 12:44
Thanks for the explanation guys. OA is indeed B.

However, I have a question regarding the modifier:

In this sentence shouldn't Created in 1731 be modifier by original thermometer .

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25 Nov 2011, 16:10
Created in 1731, the original thermometer by Anders Celsius had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

a)in 1731, the original thermometer by Anders Celsius had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form

B)in 1731, the original thermometer by Anders Celsius had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form

C)in 1731, the original thermometer by Anders Celsius had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale had reversed to its present form

D)by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744

E)by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form
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IMO B

a) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
b) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
c) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
d) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.
e) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.

D out: "; reversing "
E out: the scale reversed is wrong, it should be in pasive voice
A out: where is for places, not for things

Between B and C, I'd go with B because "after he died" sounds like inmediately

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The reason is not that is 'sounds' like that.

between B and C following is the difference :

In B, 'his' is a possessive pronoun (check the context) and therefore it can refer to a possessive noun 'Anders Celsius' while as in C, 'he' is a non-possesive pronoun and lacks an antecedent ; therefore option B is correct.

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Created in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

a) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
b) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
c) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
d) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.
e) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.

Looks like it is (E). A,B,C have no clear antecedent. In (D) the second part of the sentence starting with 'reversing the scale..." is wrong. Who reversed it?
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Created in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

a) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
b) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
c) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
d) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.
e) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.

Looks like it is (E). A,B,C have no clear antecedent. In (D) the second part of the sentence starting with 'reversing the scale..." is wrong. Who reversed it?
OA please will be very much appreciated.

This is a Manhattan Gmat question and the OA is B
For the OE pls refer to this link http://www.beatthegmat.com/thermometer-t47674.html , which has the comments of Ron and Stacy from Manhattan Gmat

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a)In 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form. ---- faulty combination of possessive noun plus non possessive pronoun --- wrong

b) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.------ Correct combination of possessive noun plus possessive pronoun
Correct choice

c) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form. ------ Same as A

d) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744. ---------------- Straight out; the second IC after semi-colon is a glaring fragment

e) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form. --- can we expect a lifeless scale to reverse itself?

Why the first three choices do not indicate who reversed it, is because, the focus of the issue is more on the reversal rather than on the agent of reversal, I suppose.
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a)In 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form. ---- faulty combination of possessive noun plus non possessive pronoun --- wrong

b) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.------ Correct combination of possessive noun plus possessive pronoun
Correct choice

c) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form. ------ Same as A

d) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744. ---------------- Straight out; the second IC after semi-colon is a glaring fragment

e) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form. --- can we expect a lifeless scale to reverse itself?

Why the first three choices do not indicate who reversed it, is because, the focus of the issue is more on the reversal rather than on the agent of reversal, I suppose.

Hi daagh - So if I understood correctly possessive pronouns can refer back to possessive's even if the noun is not stated as such. In this case 'his' can correctly refer to Anders Celsius which is only expressed in the sentence as Anders Celsius's thermometer.

Would be nice if you clarified this as I have been encountering this issue quite often
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Created in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

a) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale wherethe value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
b) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form....CORRECT
c) in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; afterhe died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
d) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.
e) by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.

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B for me,,,

his death,,,his is possessive and properly refers to posessive noun,,,

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B by POE method.

Also based on the previous link, as per the experts Ron a Stacey Koprince - I have updated the OE for this question.
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