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Each of Hemingway’s wives—Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha

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Antecedent of 'his' is a non-issue. We know there is only male and whom else can 'his' refer to other than Hemingway? Can 'his novels' refer to Irving Wallace's or Sidney Sheldon's novels?
We also want a possessive noun for a possessive pronoun and 'his' and 'Hemingway's' are perfect foils.
Your point that we need non-possessive noun for a possessive pronoun is not clear.
In addition, we should limit the matching between 'his' and 'Hemingway's' I suppose but not extend it to his novels and wives. Otherwise, somebody will ask how one can equate wives with novels.
Azhr, can you please see the real logic?
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New post 17 Sep 2019, 23:55
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could someone explain why d is wrong?


It's wrong because the non-underlined portion indicates a plural sv comparison (women)
Words like each, every etc. are singular in nature.
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The pronoun his in the non underlined part doest not have any noun to which it is pointing.
His points to hemingway. But Hemingway is present as possessive noun.
Help me if my understanding is wrong
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The pronoun his in the non underlined part doest not have any noun to which it is pointing.
His points to hemingway. But Hemingway is present as possessive noun.
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Hi Valt , belated welcome to GMAT Club. :)

His is a possessive pronoun. Hemingway's is a possessive noun.
Possessive pronouns are allowed to have possessive nouns as antecedents.
Correct: Jerry's frequent absences hurt his grade for the class.

I am not sure whether you are also relying on "possessive poison," which does not apply here.
Under the possessive poison rule, a possessive noun cannot not be the antecedent for a non-possessive pronoun.

What many people believe about possessive poison on the GMAT is not accurate.
In another post, I wrote,
On the GMAT, as long as meaning is clear, both object and subject pronouns may have a possessive noun as an antecedent.

In that post I explained that possessive poison is not a hard-and-fast rule on the GMAT.
I included a few examples of official questions in which the correct answer contained a subject or object pronoun whose antecedent was possessive.

You can find that post here.

I hope that helps.
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