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22 Oct 2015, 05:57
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In her 1851 magazine series, later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause.

The first part In her 1851 magazine series is prepositional phrase. prepositional phrase doesn't contain subject. how second part, later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin---- modifier, modifies the first part.

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So, the modifier cannot modify another modifier?

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28 Oct 2015, 22:36
In this case, using 2 SUCH modifiers (Prepositional Phrase and Noun/Verb modifier - ing form) doesn't bring clarity in meaning. "Who" is modifying "What"... So, in this case, this situation brings ambiguity and is incorrect.
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29 Oct 2015, 06:12
AryamaDuttaSaikia wrote:
In this case, using 2 SUCH modifiers (Prepositional Phrase and Noun/Verb modifier - ing form) doesn't bring clarity in meaning. "Who" is modifying "What"... So, in this case, this situation brings ambiguity and is incorrect.

Hi Aryama,

I think its very clear (at least to me) that "later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin" modifies "her magazine series" because logically it cannot modify anything else. However, I don't know if this is grammatically possible since in this situation we will have a -ing form modifying a prepositional phrase. Could you please shed some light in this issue?

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30 Oct 2015, 21:26
Logically (Meaningwise) - "later becoming" can modify magazine series or In her magazine series - Ambiguous

Technically - "later becoming" is verbing modifier after comma. In this respect (apart from modifying the entire previous clause) , the modifier needs to match with the subject and we know that there is no subject in the prepositional phrase. So, ambiguous.
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03 Nov 2015, 10:46
KyleWiddison wrote:
akashaggarwal88 wrote:
In her 1851 magazine series, later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause.

1. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
2. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery further, and the abolitionist cause
3. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
4. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery, furthering the abolitionist cause
5. which had later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause

This question is heavy on the modifiers...

The first issue involves the phrase 'in her 1851 magazine series'. That phrase is meant to modify Harriet Beacher Stowe, but in choices B and D the phrase is incorrectly modifying her 'mission' and not Stowe herself.

The second modifier issue is whether to start the next modifying phrase (the part in commas) with 'later becoming' or 'which'. When you start the modifier with 'later becoming' it is unclear exactly what you are modifiying - the series, her, the entire previous section - but when you start with 'which' you can only be modifying the preceding noun - her 'magazine series'. We want to modify the 'series', so we can eliminate A.

That leaves C and E, but E incorrectly uses the past perfect tense 'had become', so we are left with C.

KW

Hi Kyle-
I am also aligned with Option C. However, I have a query. In option C, is the use of "would" is correct?? Won't it changes the meaning of the sentence (little bit) as originally stated in the question stem?? conveyed the same statement as more like a "possibility"

Any thoughts?

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24 Nov 2015, 06:52
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KyleWiddison wrote:
akashaggarwal88 wrote:
In her 1851 magazine series, later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause.

1. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
2. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery further, and the abolitionist cause
3. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
4. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery, furthering the abolitionist cause
5. which had later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause

This question is heavy on the modifiers...

The first issue involves the phrase 'in her 1851 magazine series'. That phrase is meant to modify Harriet Beacher Stowe, but in choices B and D the phrase is incorrectly modifying her 'mission' and not Stowe herself.

The second modifier issue is whether to start the next modifying phrase (the part in commas) with 'later becoming' or 'which'. When you start the modifier with 'later becoming' it is unclear exactly what you are modifiying - the series, her, the entire previous section - but when you start with 'which' you can only be modifying the preceding noun - her 'magazine series'. We want to modify the 'series', so we can eliminate A.

That leaves C and E, but E incorrectly uses the past perfect tense 'had become', so we are left with C.

KW

Hi Kyle-
I am also aligned with Option C. However, I have a query. In option C, is the use of "would" is correct?? Won't it changes the meaning of the sentence (little bit) as originally stated in the question stem?? conveyed the same statement as more like a "possibility"

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Chanakya

This is a good point you bring up. The issue of "intent" is tricky one sentence correction. It's tempting to pull from the original sentence for the intent, but you have to keep in mind that the original sentence is only 1 of 5 different choices but it happens to appear first. The meaning that we do have to "maintain" is from the non-underlined portion of the sentence. Any correct answer will need to have proper meaning when combined with the non-underlined portion of the sentence. In this question, the non-underlined portion is simply "In her 1851 magazine series" and so there really isn't much meaning to maintain there. The use of "would" has perfectly logical meaning with the non-underlined portion so we are fine to keep it as our answer.

KW
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01 Apr 2016, 10:15
KyleWiddison wrote:
akashaggarwal88 wrote:
In her 1851 magazine series, later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause.

1. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
2. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery further, and the abolitionist cause
3. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
4. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery, furthering the abolitionist cause
5. which had later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause

This question is heavy on the modifiers...

The first issue involves the phrase 'in her 1851 magazine series'. That phrase is meant to modify Harriet Beacher Stowe, but in choices B and D the phrase is incorrectly modifying her 'mission' and not Stowe herself.

The second modifier issue is whether to start the next modifying phrase (the part in commas) with 'later becoming' or 'which'. When you start the modifier with 'later becoming' it is unclear exactly what you are modifiying - the series, her, the entire previous section - but when you start with 'which' you can only be modifying the preceding noun - her 'magazine series'. We want to modify the 'series', so we can eliminate A.

That leaves C and E, but E incorrectly uses the past perfect tense 'had become', so we are left with C.

KW

The only reason I rejected option C and chose option A was because "would later" appeared to be redundant to me. I thought "would" was clearly suggesting here that this event occurred after "In her 1851 magazine series" and there was no need to write "later".

Would really appreciate if experts can guide me on this.
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01 Apr 2016, 14:35
Devlikes wrote:
KyleWiddison wrote:
akashaggarwal88 wrote:
In her 1851 magazine series, later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause.

1. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
2. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery further, and the abolitionist cause
3. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
4. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery, furthering the abolitionist cause
5. which had later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause

This question is heavy on the modifiers...

The first issue involves the phrase 'in her 1851 magazine series'. That phrase is meant to modify Harriet Beacher Stowe, but in choices B and D the phrase is incorrectly modifying her 'mission' and not Stowe herself.

The second modifier issue is whether to start the next modifying phrase (the part in commas) with 'later becoming' or 'which'. When you start the modifier with 'later becoming' it is unclear exactly what you are modifiying - the series, her, the entire previous section - but when you start with 'which' you can only be modifying the preceding noun - her 'magazine series'. We want to modify the 'series', so we can eliminate A.

That leaves C and E, but E incorrectly uses the past perfect tense 'had become', so we are left with C.

KW

The only reason I rejected option C and chose option A was because "would later" appeared to be redundant to me. I thought "would" was clearly suggesting here that this event occurred after "In her 1851 magazine series" and there was no need to write "later".

Would really appreciate if experts can guide me on this.
Thanks
Devansh

Consider this sentence: I shall come later.

Here although it is very evident that the action will happen in future, the adverb "later" is not redundant. The fact that adverbs such as later, afterwards generally go with will / would does not make those adverbs redundant.

A different point I noted in your sentence:

The reason because ...... incorrect. ("because" is a conjunction)
The reason that ...... correct.

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KyleWiddison wrote:
akashaggarwal88 wrote:
In her 1851 magazine series, later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause.

1. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
2. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery further, and the abolitionist cause
3. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
4. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery, furthering the abolitionist cause
5. which had later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause

This question is heavy on the modifiers...

The first issue involves the phrase 'in her 1851 magazine series'. That phrase is meant to modify Harriet Beacher Stowe, but in choices B and D the phrase is incorrectly modifying her 'mission' and not Stowe herself.

The second modifier issue is whether to start the next modifying phrase (the part in commas) with 'later becoming' or 'which'. When you start the modifier with 'later becoming' it is unclear exactly what you are modifiying - the series, her, the entire previous section - but when you start with 'which' you can only be modifying the preceding noun - her 'magazine series'. We want to modify the 'series', so we can eliminate A.

That leaves C and E, but E incorrectly uses the past perfect tense 'had become', so we are left with C.

KW

Just a quick question. I understand why the answer is C. However, in A, you stated that you're not sure what "later becoming" is referring to. Isn't it illogical to state that "later becoming" could refer to Harriet Stowe..... as a person can't "become" a book. Doesn't this mean that later becoming has to refer to the magazine series.

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17 Mar 2017, 01:51
Answer should be C . Modifier errors are corrected in this option
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12 Sep 2017, 02:44
KyleWiddison wrote:
akashaggarwal88 wrote:
In her 1851 magazine series, later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause.

1. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
2. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery further, and the abolitionist cause
3. which would later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause
4. later becoming the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s mission was to portray the impact of slavery, furthering the abolitionist cause
5. which had later become the famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to portray the impact of slavery and further the abolitionist cause

This question is heavy on the modifiers...

The first issue involves the phrase 'in her 1851 magazine series'. That phrase is meant to modify Harriet Beacher Stowe, but in choices B and D the phrase is incorrectly modifying her 'mission' and not Stowe herself.

The second modifier issue is whether to start the next modifying phrase (the part in commas) with 'later becoming' or 'which'. When you start the modifier with 'later becoming' it is unclear exactly what you are modifiying - the series, her, the entire previous section - but when you start with 'which' you can only be modifying the preceding noun - her 'magazine series'. We want to modify the 'series', so we can eliminate A.

That leaves C and E, but E incorrectly uses the past perfect tense 'had become', so we are left with C.

KW

Hello mikemcgarry, GMATNinja, and @e-gmat

In the above explanation, the expert has mentioned that 'later becoming' can refer to her or series. But how does this make sense?
Series later became .................
vs
Her later became.................

It would be great if you could reply.

Thanks.

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