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# Daniel Bernoulli derived the famous fluid equation

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08 Sep 2017, 21:42
I too couldn't get my head around this: 'named for him'.
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05 Dec 2017, 18:19
mikemcgarry,
why "which" does not refer to fluid?
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06 Dec 2017, 17:36
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chesstitans wrote:
mikemcgarry,
why "which" does not refer to fluid?

Dear chesstitans,

I'm happy to respond.

In the construction "fluid equation," we have a pair of nouns in which one is essentially modifying the other. Even though "fluid" is a noun, in a way it is acting like an adjective here. It's subordinate to the second noun, "equation." Because the second noun has rhetorical priority, no modifier would ever pass over it to refer to the first noun.

Rhetorical priority is an underestimated dimension of pronoun-antecedent agreement.

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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06 Dec 2017, 18:08
mikemcgarry wrote:
chesstitans wrote:
mikemcgarry,
why "which" does not refer to fluid?

Dear chesstitans,

I'm happy to respond.

In the construction "fluid equation," we have a pair of nouns in which one is essentially modifying the other. Even though "fluid" is a noun, in a way it is acting like an adjective here. It's subordinate to the second noun, "equation." Because the second noun has rhetorical priority, no modifier would ever pass over it to refer to the first noun.

Rhetorical priority is an underestimated dimension of pronoun-antecedent agreement.

Does all this make sense?
Mike

yeah, first, it all makes sense to me now.
Secondly, wow, it is interesting. Today, I learn one new thing from gmat; the issue here is a pair of noun and the Rhetorical priority.
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