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New post 29 Mar 2018, 23:18
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In A.D. 391, resulting from the destruction of the largest library of the ancient world at Alexandria, later generations lost all but the Iliad and Odyssey among Greek epics, most of the poetry of Pindar and Sappho, and dozens of plays by Aeschylus and Euripides.
A. resulting from the destruction of the largest library of the ancient world at Alexandria,
B. the destroying of the largest library of the ancient world at Alexandria resulted and
C. because of the result of the destruction of the library at Alexandria, the largest of the ancient world,
D. as a result of the destruction of the library at Alexandria, the largest of the ancient world,
E. Alexandria’s largest library of the ancient world was destroyed, and the result was


Hi mikemcgarry, GMATNinjaTwo, GMATNinja, MagooshExpert Carolyn, sayantanc2k,
I start to doubt that my interpretation about participle modifier is incorrect after reading a correct example.

One correct example:
i dropped the groceries onto the floor, scaring the baby.
this is a "modifying the entire action" type of modifier.
what scared the baby? well, my dropping the groceries onto the floor did.
did *i* directly scare the baby? no.

similary,
the original sentence
resulting from the destruction of the largest library of the ancient world at Alexandria, later generations lost all but the Iliad and Odyssey among Greek epics,
anyone think this is another "modifying the entire action" type of modifier.
what resulted the loss? the destruction of the largest library.
Did "later generation" directly result from the destruction? no, their lost result from detruciton

Any expert help to clarify what's the difference between above two sentences?
Please point out my fault.

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Hi zoezhuyan!

I think your understanding is generally correct -- in general, it's perfectly fine to have a modifier which modifies the entire action, not just a noun. However, the problem here is resulting from. When we use "resulting from", it must always modify a noun or a noun phrase. If we instead use "as a result...", then that can modify an entire phrase/clause/action. For example,

CORRECT: Our bags got wet, as a result of the rain.
INCORRECT: Our bags got wet, resulting from the rain.

In both cases, we are modifying the entire action (our bags getting wet). However, we can't use "resulting from" to describe the whole action. This would be a correct use of "resulting from":

CORRECT: The damage to the house resulting from the rain was extensive.

Here, "resulting from the rain" is modifying "damage", which is a noun.

I hope that helps! :-)


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Thanks Carolyn,
would you please list more words like "result", which only modify noun or noun phrases?

In case of I make the same mistake

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Thanks Carolyn,
would you please list more words like "result", which only modify noun or noun phrases?

In case of I make the same mistake

Have a nice day
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Hi zoezhuyan!

Here are some similar phrases which can only modify nouns or noun phrases:

due to
attributable to
caused by


I believe those are the most common ones :-)
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D) as a result of the destruction of the library at Alexandria, the largest of the ancient world,
Isn't "the largest of the ancient world" wrongly modifying Alexandria?

Can some one please explain this .
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D) as a result of the destruction of the library at Alexandria, the largest of the ancient world,
Isn't "the largest of the ancient world" wrongly modifying Alexandria?

Can some one please explain this .

Hi tejyr, the largest of the ancient world is called an appositive modifier, describing library at Alexandria.

It's like this:

Donald Trump, the US President, has had a bumpy ride in office till now.

Again, the US President is an appositive modifier, modifying Donald Trump.

as a result of the destruction of the library at Alexandria is actually a prepositional phrase. Such Prepositional phrases are Adverbial modifiers and so, don't modify Nouns (such as the largest of the ancient world in this case).

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Hi,

I was selecting D, but I rejected it because I thought the largest of the ancient world is modifying Alexandria. Can you please shed some light on such kind of modifier?

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I was selecting D, but I rejected it because I thought the largest of the ancient world is modifying Alexandria. Can you please shed some light on such kind of modifier?

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It's often the case that a modifier doesn't touch the noun it describes, and when we see this, it's usually because there's a prepositional phrase separating the two.

Take a silly example: "The car in my garage, a Toyota Corolla, hasn't had an oil change in 8 years." Notice that "a Toyota Corolla" is describing the car even though it's touching "my garage." This is fine, as no sensible reader would see that sentence and assume that my garage was the Toyota Corolla. Rather, we can think of "a Toyota Corolla" as modifying the entire noun phrase, "the car in my garage," as opposed to, say, the car illegally parked at the Dunkin' Donuts down the street. (Mmm... doughnuts.)

It's the same issue here. "The largest of the ancient world" is modifying the entire noun phrase "the library at Alexandria", as opposed to the library near the Dunkin' Donuts where my car illegally parked. :) (Mmm... doughnuts.)

Takeaway: if a modifier doesn't touch what it should modify, and an intervening prepositional phrase is the main culprit, the construction isn't inherently wrong. We always need to use context and logic when evaluating these answer choices.

I hope that helps!
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For choice C, why "the largest of the ancient world" is correct? Is it supposed to be "The largest library of the ancient world"?
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Because it is introduced by a participle, the phrase that begins resulting from illogically modifies later generations. Substituting the idiom as a result of for resulting from corrects this error. The largest library of the ancient world at Alexandria is both cumbersome and ambiguous because it suggests that the ancient world was located at (and only at) Alexandria.

This problem is best corrected by breaking the series of phrases into two distinct parts: the library at Alexandria, the largest of the ancient world. Here, the second phrase clearly modifies the first.

a. Resulting from illogically modifies later generations. The series of prepositional phrases is confusing and ambiguous.
b. The destroying of is wordy and awkward. And creates a second main clause, which would need to be appropriately punctuated with a comma before and.
c. Because of the result of is redundant.
d. Correct. As a result of begins the phrase clearly and correctly in this sentence; the library rather than the ancient world is properly located at Alexandria; the largest of the ancient world correctly modifies library.
e. Alexandria’s largest library of the ancient world is an illogical reference. The result was must be followed by that.
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