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# In 1986, socialist President Mitterrand was forced to appoint conserva

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In 1986, socialist President Mitterrand was forced to appoint conservative Jacques Chirac as prime minister, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.

(A) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.
(B) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where them governed together.
(C) where him and Chirac governed together, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation.
(D) where he and Chirac, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, governed together.
(E) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where he and Chirac governed together.

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(A) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.
(B) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where them governed together.
(C) where him and Chirac governed together, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation.
(D) where he and Chirac, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, governed together...........incorrect usage of modifier
(E) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where he and Chirac governed together......Correct modifier usage

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IMO E: resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where he and Chirac governed together.
pronoun agreement

In 1986, socialist President Mitterrand was forced to appoint conservative Jacques Chirac as prime minister, [url]resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.[/url]

(A) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.
(B) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where them governed together.
(C) where him and Chirac governed together, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation.
(D) where he and Chirac, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, governed together.
(E) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where he and Chirac governed together.
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(A) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.
(B) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where them governed together.
(C) where him and Chirac governed together, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation.
(D) where he and Chirac, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, governed together --> Wrong meaning [Seems as if President and Chirac resulting in something]
(E) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where he and Chirac governed together. --> Correct

IMO Option E
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A,B, and C are out for using object pronouns 'him' and 'them' in the place of subject pronouns 'he' and 'they'. In D, the structure gives room to twist and change the meaning. E seems to be the final choice in this most unlikely question in a GMAT. It is difficult to digest that 'where' could be used to refer to cohabitation or the Prime Minister.
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In 1986, socialist President Mitterrand was forced to appoint conservative Jacques Chirac as prime minister, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.

(A) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.
(B) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where them governed together.
(C) where him and Chirac governed together, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation.
(D) where he and Chirac, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, governed together.
(E) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where he and Chirac governed together.

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M was forced to appoint JC as minister, resulting in a period called x, where he [M] and JC gov together.

Ans (E)

Originally posted by exc4libur on 26 Nov 2019, 03:50.
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In 1986, socialist President Mitterrand was forced to appoint conservative Jacques Chirac as prime minister, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.

The first thing, which jumps at me is "where" which on GMAT has to modify places; the use of "where" to modify conceptual places is wrong.
Wrong: "We discussed the topic at the meeting, where heads of all departments were able to present their concerns"
Correct: "We discussed the topic at the meeting, at which heads of all departments were able to present their concerns"
All of a sudden, "where" is present in all five answers choices

So, next split is him/them/he: as we need a subject for subordinate clause, we need "he" (or "they")

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(A) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.

We need "he" instead of "him" to play as a subject.
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(B) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where them governed together.
Same as in A, we need "they" instead of "them"
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(C) where him and Chirac governed together, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation.

Placement of "where" is incorrect, the modifier is supposed to describe "the period known as the Cohabitation"

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(D) where he and Chirac, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, governed together.
the error from A ("him" > "he") is fixed, but the error from D is introduced.
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(E) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where he and Chirac governed together.

Seems the best from available options. Correct choice
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26 Nov 2019, 04:38
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The right answer is option E.

Options A, B, and C use the object pronouns him, them, and him instead of subject pronouns respectively. Hence, A, B, and C can be eliminated.
Option D has a misplaced modifier resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation. The best answer is, therefore, option E, in which the modifier resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation rightly states the result of the preceding clause. It makes sense to say that the forced appointment of conservative Jacques Chirac by President Mitterand resulted in a period known as the Cohabitation.

In 1986, socialist President Mitterrand was forced to appoint conservative Jacques Chirac as prime minister, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.

(A) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.
(B) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where them governed together.
(C) where him and Chirac governed together, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation.
(D) where he and Chirac, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, governed together.
(E) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where he and Chirac governed together.
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In 1986, socialist President Mitterrand was forced to appoint conservative Jacques Chirac as prime minister, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.

(A) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.- since him is the subject of the sentence it should be replaced with he
(B) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where them governed together.- awkward
(C) where him and Chirac governed together, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation.- where illogically refers to the prime minister
(D) where he and Chirac, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, governed together.- "where" illogically refers to the prime minister
(E) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where he and Chirac governed together. - correct!
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IMO E

The ing modifier is correctly modifying the preceding clause followed. The correct use of pronoun he

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26 Nov 2019, 23:08
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In 1986, socialist President Mitterrand was forced to appoint conservative Jacques Chirac as prime minister, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.

(A) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where him and Chirac governed together.
(B) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where them governed together.
(C) where him and Chirac governed together, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation.
(D) where he and Chirac, resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, governed together.
(E) resulting in a period known as the Cohabitation, where he and Chirac governed together.

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

In the underlined portion two people govern together. They are the subjects of the sentence. The pronoun him is an objective pronoun, meaning it is used to show the object of a sentence. Thus it in the wrong case and must be changed to he- the subjective pronoun: (1) him and Chirac governed together. OR (2) he and Chirac governed together.

A. Uses him, an objective pronoun in place of the subject.
B. Uses them, another objective pronoun. They would be correct.
C. Uses him, an objective pronoun in place of the subject.
D. Sentence structure confuses meaning: it seems that he and Chirac resulted in a period known as Cohabitation
E. contains pronoun agreement without sacrificing meaning or flow.
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