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# In contrast to the tense private drama, Act III is brought

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11 Nov 2013, 21:25
ronr34 wrote:
vishalrastogi wrote:
(A) In contrast to the tense private drama, Act III is brought to a thrilling conclusion by King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church, as he defies the papal legate, divorces Catherine, takes Anne as his wife, and proclaims himself head of the Church of England. - passive voice. incorrect.

(B) In contrast to the tense private drama, a thrilling conclusion of Act III is brought by King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church, as he defies the papal legate, divorces Catherine, takes Anne as his wife, and proclaims himself head of the Church of England. - passive voice. incorrect.

(C) In contrast to the tense private drama, King Henry publicly defies the Roman Catholic Church by defying the papal legate, divorcing Catherine, taking Anne as his wife, and proclaiming himself head of the Church of England, bringing Act III to a thrilling conclusion. - modifier issue, TENSE issue. incorrect.

(D) In contrast to the tense private drama, King Henry's defiance of the papal legate, divorce from Catherine, marriage to Anne, and self-proclamation as head of the Church of England, all a public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church which brings Act III to a thrilling conclusion. - same as C. incorrect.

(E)In contrast to the tense private drama, King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church brings Act III to a thrilling conclusion, as he defies the papal legate, divorces Catherine, takes Anne as his wife, and proclaims himself head of the Church of England. - active voice, no modifier issue. correct.

If I remember correctly, passive voice is not a reason for ruling out an option.
Is there anything else wrong with it?
It seems fine to me....?

There should not be a change of voice in a sentence. Here in (A), there is a change from passive voice to the active voice towards the end. I think this is sufficient enough for discarding this option.
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01 Apr 2014, 14:41
Actually I don't quite get why is answer A wrong? I also thought that active voice was preferred here

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06 Jul 2015, 06:28
In contrast to the tense private drama, Act III is brought to a thrilling conclusion by King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church, as he defies the papal legate, divorces Catherine, takes Anne as his wife, and proclaims himself head of the Church of England.

(A) In contrast to the tense private drama, Act III is brought to a thrilling conclusion by King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church, as he defies the papal legate, divorces Catherine, takes Anne as his wife, and proclaims himself head of the Church of England.

(B) In contrast to the tense private drama, a thrilling conclusion of Act III is brought by King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church, as he defies the papal legate, divorces Catherine, takes Anne as his wife, and proclaims himself head of the Church of England.

(C) In contrast to the tense private drama, King Henry publicly defies the Roman Catholic Church by defying the papal legate, divorcing Catherine, taking Anne as his wife, and proclaiming himself head of the Church of England, bringing Act III to a thrilling conclusion.

(D) In contrast to the tense private drama, King Henry's defiance of the papal legate, divorce from Catherine, marriage to Anne, and self-proclamation as head of the Church of England, all a public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church which brings Act III to a thrilling conclusion.

(E)
In contrast to the tense private drama, King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church brings Act III to a thrilling conclusion, as he defies the papal legate, divorces Catherine, takes Anne as his wife, and proclaims himself head of the Church of England.

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05 Nov 2015, 00:43
I believe , in addition to comparison, the use of Active Voice in option E , is also an important factor which makes it correct.

King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church brings Act III to a thrilling conclusion
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05 Nov 2015, 21:21
none of the answers is correct.
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24 Mar 2017, 07:31
jumsumtak wrote:
gmatbull wrote:
Hi Jumsumtak,

I actually encountered a number of "official" questions from recognized Test Preps, which violate the so-called
"Possessive Poison" rule.
Am sorry, I have not been able to trace the questions, but the post from Manhattan (the originator or the concept)
may be of help.
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sc- ... t5164.html

http://gmatclub.com/forum/here-is-the-l ... 08522.html

Just google "possessive poison" on gmat forums.

Hey gmatbull,

Request you to re-read the Manhattan post you mentioned. It says the same thing as I wrote in my post above. In fact I picked a part of it from there itself.

I quote Ron here:

the "rule" is:
* POSSESSIVE NOUN with NON-POSSESSIVE PRONOUN is NOT OK.
BUT
ALL OTHER COMBINATIONS are ok.
i.e.
possessive noun with possessive pronoun is ok.
non-possessive noun with non-possessive pronoun is ok.
non-possessive noun with possessive pronoun is ok.

that's the complete version of the rule -- which, not surprisingly, tends to confuse a lot more than it tends to enlighten. also, although it may help you eliminate the odd answer choice here and there, it has NEVER actually been required to solve an official problem.

so:
ONLY use this "rule" if you understand it 100.0000%. if there is absolutely any confusion at all, just ignore this rule and pretend that you have never seen it.

Hope this helps.

Best

Hi jumsumtak,

kudos to the Rule.
but i am still confused. As per OA (option E), "KING HENRY'S public....." is possessive noun + "as HE defies..." is non possessive pronoun, as per rule this must be incorrect. Am i correct. Please send your inputs.
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25 Mar 2017, 09:33
In contrast to the tense private drama, Act III is brought to a thrilling conclusion by King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church, as he defies the papal legate, divorces Catherine, takes Anne as his wife, and proclaims himself head of the Church of England.

King Henry's public defiance is compared with 'tense private drama'.

(A) In contrast to the tense private drama, Act III is brought to a thrilling conclusion by King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church, as he defies the papal legate, divorces Catherine, takes Anne as his wife, and proclaims himself head of the Church of England.
Act III is not in contrast to tense private drama

(B) In contrast to the tense private drama, a thrilling conclusion of Act III is brought by King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church, as he defies the papal legate, divorces Catherine, takes Anne as his wife, and proclaims himself head of the Church of England.

a thrilling conclusion is not in contrast to the tense private drama.

(C) In contrast to the tense private drama, King Henry publicly defies the Roman Catholic Church by defying the papal legate, divorcing Catherine, taking Anne as his wife, and proclaiming himself head of the Church of England, bringing Act III to a thrilling conclusion.

King Henry is not ' In contrast to the tense private drama'
(D) In contrast to the tense private drama, King Henry's defiance of the papal legate, divorce from Catherine, marriage to Anne, and self-proclamation as head of the Church of England, all a public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church which brings Act III to a thrilling conclusion.
wrong sentence construction.

(E)In contrast to the tense private drama, King Henry's public defiance of the Roman Catholic Church brings Act III to a thrilling conclusion, as he defies the papal legate, divorces Catherine, takes Anne as his wife, and proclaims himself head of the Church of England.
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26 Mar 2017, 00:44
Hi Expert,

please help why choice A is incorrect and Choice C is correct. Choice A correctly compares tense private drama with Act III, and there is no other difference between choice A and choice other than choice a is passive and choice E is active. To me, choice A makes more sense.
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Hi Expert,

please help why choice A is incorrect and Choice C is correct. Choice A correctly compares tense private drama with Act III, and there is no other difference between choice A and choice other than choice a is passive and choice E is active. To me, choice A makes more sense.

You are right - in the real test it is not expected that an answer is eliminated just because of the voice issue - passive voice is NOT grammatically wrong.

Moreover note the pronoun error - "he" does not have an antecedent ("King Henry's" is possessive and hence cannot be an antecedent of a subject pronoun).
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