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# Given its authoritative coverage of other science topics,

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Re: SC Revision: Given its authoritative coverage of other science topics [#permalink]

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27 Jan 2016, 06:29
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The ‘its’ refers to the textbook rather than the chapter on genetics since one can’t expect the chapter to be authoritative on other science topics. We may note that a possessive pronoun "its" can stand for a non–possessive noun (textbook) in GMAT.

A. the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative, which leads --- the textbook's chapter is wrong modification

B. the chapter of the textbook on genetics is surprisingly tentative, leading --- same as in A.

C. the textbook contains a surprising and tentative chapter on genetics, which leads --- surprising and tentative chapter is wrong construction. Surprising does not convey the contrast required in the context.

D. the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative and leads --- the textbook’s chapter is wrong.

E. the textbook is surprisingly tentative in its chapter on genetics, leading ---- correct choice.

Hi daagh,

Was confused between B and E.

B. the chapter of the textbook on genetics is surprisingly tentative, leading
E. the textbook is surprisingly tentative in its chapter on genetics, leading

According to me the modifier "Given its authoritative coverage of other science topics" can also modify the chapter of textbook

Because a chapter can also give "authoritative coverage"
Is there any other error in option B..??

Hi,
the clause has to modify textbook..
why it cannot modify 'the chapter', because it does not modify the chapter but "the chapter of the textbook on genetics"...
when the chapter is mentioned as that in genetics, ho wcan it be authoritative on other science topics...
it has to be the textbook...
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Re: SC Revision: Given its authoritative coverage of other science topics [#permalink]

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27 Jan 2016, 06:57
Hi chetan2u,

Thanks for clearing doubt.
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08 Jul 2016, 06:14
Option E - "surprisingly tentative" - Here is 'surprisingly' an adverb. I thought of it as an adverb and marked C. I went on searching a verb for the adverb, didn't find one.

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02 Aug 2016, 03:30
Given its authoritative coverage of other science topics, the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative, which leads one to doubt the author's scholarship in that particular area.

A) the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative, which leads
B) the chapter of the textbook on genetics is surprisingly tentative, leading
C) the textbook contains a surprising and tentative chapter on genetics, which leads
D) the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative and leads
E) the textbook is surprisingly tentative in its chapter on genetics, leading

In A,B and E, the subject of the modifier should be textbook not textbook's chapter or chapter.
C-- usage of relative pronoun which is wrong in this context.

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02 Aug 2016, 07:34
The book is surprisingly tentatative in its chapter
sounds odd??

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Re: Given its authoritative coverage of other science topics, [#permalink]

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21 Aug 2016, 13:30
Given its authoritative coverage of other science topics, the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative, which leads one to doubt the author's scholarship in that particular area.

A) the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative, which leads- V-ED Modifier ( "Given its authoritative coverage -who has the authoritative coverage ??? its textbook , not the chapter ) should modify the subject of the following clause "Textbook " not the textbook's chapter
B) the chapter of the textbook on genetics is surprisingly tentative, leading - V-ED Modifier ( "Given its authoritative coverage -who has the authoritative coverage ??? its textbook , not the chapter ) should modify the subject of the following clause "Textbook " not the chapter
C) the textbook contains a surprising and tentative chapter on genetics, which leads -Modifier surprisingly (Adverb) should modify tentative (Adj.) ,Surprising and tentative chapter .... change the meaning of the original sentence ,also which is ambiguous
D) the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative and leads ---V-ED Modifier ( "Given its authoritative coverage -who has the authoritative coverage ??? its textbook , not the chapter ) should modify the subject of the following clause "Textbook " not the textbook's chapter . Also as per the original sentence chapter on... tentative and leads ..changes the meaning
E) the textbook is surprisingly tentative in its chapter on genetics, leading -Correct

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Re: Given its authoritative coverage of other science topics, [#permalink]

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15 Sep 2017, 06:17
The original sentence contains several errors. First, the opening modifier "given its authoritative
coverage of other science topics" describes the textbook as a whole, yet the subject of the main clause
is "the textbook's chapter on genetics." Second, the relative pronoun "which" is used here to modify
the entire clause "the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative." Which" must modify
the immediately preceding noun only; it cannot modify the action of an entire clause, as it does here.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) The modifier issue is not corrected here, since "the chapter" remains the subject of the main
clause (as opposed to "the textbook"). However, this choice does correct the misuse of "which" by

(C) The modifier issue is corrected here by making "the textbook" the subject of the main clause.
However, the misuse of "which" is retained. The relative pronoun "which" is used here to modify the
entire clause "the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative." "Which" must modify the
immediately preceding noun only; it cannot modify the action of an entire clause, as it does here.
Also, the phrase "surprising and tentative" implies that the chapter on genetics is both
"surprising" and "tentative," two characteristics that are independent of one another.
However, it is clear in the original sentence that "surprisingly" is meant to be an adverb
that modifies the adjective "tentative." The chapter is "suprisingly tentative," not
"suprising and tentative."

(D) The modifier issue is not corrected here, since "the textbook's chapter" is the subject of the main
clause (as opposed to "the textbook").
Moreover, the verb "leads" is incorrectly parallel with "is" when it should be subordinate
(e.g., "leading"). This makes it less clear that doubting the author's scholarship is a result
of the tentativeness of the chapter on genetics.

(E) CORRECT. The modifier issue is corrected here by making "the textbook" the subject of the main
clause. Moreover, "which" is replaced by "leading," thus eliminating the incorrect use of "which" while
preserving the meaning of the sentence.
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Re: Given its authoritative coverage of other science topics, [#permalink]

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15 Sep 2017, 11:52
mrsmarthi wrote:
Given its authoritative coverage of other science topics, the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative, which leads one to doubt the author's scholarship in that particular area.

A) the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative, which leads
B) the chapter of the textbook on genetics is surprisingly tentative, leading
C) the textbook contains a surprising and tentative chapter on genetics, which leads
D) the textbook's chapter on genetics is surprisingly tentative and leads
E) the textbook is surprisingly tentative in its chapter on genetics, leading

Split 1
which is wrong it can not refer to tentative as it is not a noun

Split 2
In B which refer to genetics but the sentence does not make sense as the genetics did not cause to doubt rather it was chapter on genetics.

Split 3
The modifier "Given its authoritative coverage of other science topics" should modify text book
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