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# In her later poems, Phyllis Wheatley's blending of solar

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14 Jul 2014, 07:25
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ankurgupta03 wrote:
How come the usage of suggests is correct. Shouldn't it be suggest?

blending is the subject and hence, singular.

The structure of the sentence is: Phyllis Wheatley's blending of X, Y and Z suggests...

ahh ... makes sense. and thanks for the super low TAT
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26 Dec 2014, 02:08
Hi Ankur,
I know this solution won't matter much to any longer but to whoever it may help
All the shortlisted answer options use a singular verb "suggests" so this should give you some hint that the subject for the main verb HAS TO BE singular.Now look out the answer option which justifies that.
B is ruled out since comma+ singular verb suggests that the subject is singular which is not the case. It is of the type A,B, and C . AND is plural indicator.

Phrase1,phrase2,and phase3 , singular verb. SVA error.

In D Phyllis Wheatley's blending of (Subject)
solar imagery,
Judeo-Christian thought and figures,
and images borrowed from ancient classicism
suggests her range and depth of influence.
If you mask the fat , Phyllis Wheatley's blending suggests her range and depth is fine.
Hence D wins.
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27 Dec 2014, 10:21
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In her later poems, Phyllis Wheatley's blending of solar imagery, Judeo-Christian thought and figures, and the images she borrowed from ancient classicism suggesting her range and depth of influences, not the least of which is her African heritage.

(A) the images she borrowed from ancient classicism suggesting
(B) borrowing images from ancient classicism, suggests
(C) she borrowed images from ancient classicism, which suggests
(D) images borrowed from ancient classicism suggests
(E) images that she borrowed from ancient classicism, suggesting

Honestly, I even dont know where the subject, where the verb? Give me your hand! Thanks

A and E are out because of lack of verb (suggesting = participle)
B - wrong ||ism
C - wrong ||ism and 'which' used incorrectly to refer to 'classicism'
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02 Jul 2015, 10:02
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Am I right in stating that in a statement as such one cannot use She as there is not antecedent for "she"..and her can be used because there is Phyllis Wheatley's?

Hi there,

Yes, you are absolutely correct. Usage of "she" is incorrect in this sentence because this pronoun has no antecedent to refer to. Notice that "Phyllis Wheatley's" is in possessive form, meaning this entity is an adjective here and not a noun. A noun possessive noun cannot refer to this possessive noun. Only the possessive pronoun "her" can refer to this entity as we have in the beginning of the sentence.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

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Would you please explain this question using modifiers. Please explain why we cant go for suggesting.
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09 Jan 2016, 06:25
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In her later poems, Phyllis Wheatley's blending of solar imagery, Judeo-Christian thought and figures, and the images she borrowed from ancient classicism suggesting her range and depth of influences, not the least of which is her African heritage.

(A) the images she borrowed from ancient classicism suggesting
(B) borrowing images from ancient classicism, suggests
(C) she borrowed images from ancient classicism, which suggests
(D) images borrowed from ancient classicism suggests
(E) images that she borrowed from ancient classicism, suggesting

Honestly, I even dont know where the subject, where the verb? Give me your hand! Thanks

Had a hard time with this one. Initially I also couldn't see the SV connection, but here a my 20cent....

In her later poems, Phyllis Wheatley's blendingof solar imagery, Judeo-Christian thought and figures, and the images she borrowed from ancient classicism suggesting her range and depth of influences, not the least of which is her African heritage.

(A) the images she borrowed from ancient classicism suggesting --> Wrong. No verb is present. Suggesting is not a verb + classicism is NOT suggesting anything (wo. comma -ING is modifies preceding noun , but blending does so
(B) borrowing images from ancient classicism, suggests --> Wrong. 1) BORROWING is an action noun and cannot be made parallel to REAL NOUNS (only complex gerunds can be made to action nouns, but not to real nouns MGMAT) ; 2) This choice changes the meaning: we have BLENDING OF ....... IMAGES =/ BORROWING 3) I think a COMMA is reduntant here --> x,y, and Z + VERB --> EXPERTS COULD YOU PLEASE COMMENT ON THIS.....
(C) she borrowed images from ancient classicism, which suggests --> Wrong. Which cannot modifiy the whole clause + to keep the list parallel we need to start the third part with images and not with SHE, which btw has no antecedent
(D) images borrowed from ancient classicism suggests --> CORRECT
(E) images that she borrowed from ancient classicism, suggesting --> Wrong. No verb is present. Suggesting is not a verb
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20 Jan 2016, 17:52
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In her later poems, Phyllis Wheatley's blending of solar imagery, Judeo-Christian thought and figures, and the images she borrowed from ancient classicism suggesting her range and depth of influences, not the least of which is her African heritage.

(A) the images she borrowed from ancient classicism suggesting
(B) borrowing images from ancient classicism, suggests
(C) she borrowed images from ancient classicism, which suggests
(D) images borrowed from ancient classicism suggests
(E) images that she borrowed from ancient classicism, suggesting

Honestly, I even dont know where the subject, where the verb? Give me your hand! Thanks

Phyllis Wheatley's X,Y and Z . X||Y||Z

She is either redundant or has no antecedent -> A,C,E eliminated.

B is not parallel. Hence, D
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08 May 2016, 06:41
Hi everyone, why is B wrong here? borrowing is a noun form of verb to borrow, so we get 3 nouns in parallel.
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08 May 2016, 13:31
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Hi everyone, why is B wrong here? borrowing is a noun form of verb to borrow, so we get 3 nouns in parallel.

There are two types of gerunds:

1. Simple gerund: Smoking cigarettes is injurious to health. (noun out, verb in - "smoking cigarettes" can be made into a verb phrase: I am smoking cigarettes.)

2. Complex gerund: The continuous smoking of cigarettes killed him. (noun out, noun in: often preceded by an article and followed by preposition "of")

A simple gerund can NEVER be parallel to a complex gerund.

Phyllis Wheatley's blending of solar imagery: complex gerund
borrowing images from ancient classicism: simple gerund

Hence they cannot be parallel.
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08 May 2016, 14:59
Sayan, nice one!

So imagine the B option said:

(Instead of) (B) borrowing images from ancient classicism, suggests

borrowing of images from ancient classicism, suggests

would it be correct?

And btw, why suggests? and not suggest? Isn't there a list of "A, B and C" acting as a compound noun?

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08 May 2016, 15:16
iliavko wrote:
Sayan, nice one!

So imagine the B option said:

(Instead of) (B) borrowing images from ancient classicism, suggests

borrowing of images from ancient classicism, suggests

would it be correct?

And btw, why suggests? and not suggest? Isn't there a list of "A, B and C" acting as a compound noun?

Thanks!

There is one more rule:

In general complex gerunds can be parallel to action nouns ( e.g. withdrawal, reduction, increase etc.), but not concrete nouns. The second item in the list is a couple of concrete nouns ("thoughts" and "figures"). Hence even after the change you suggested, the parallelism would not work.

The verb should be plural in order to agree with plural subject.
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09 May 2016, 06:03
But gerunds as action nouns can be parallel to "normal" nouns, right?

Omg this is such a mess! lol..

The first item in the list is simple gerund then? It looked like a complex ger to me.. grrrr
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09 May 2016, 06:16
BTW I just finally understood the sentence!

She blends A, B and C and blending is the action noun here. Plus it's the subject. Pff this is a messy one.

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10 May 2016, 09:52
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But gerunds as action nouns can be parallel to "normal" nouns, right?

Omg this is such a mess! lol..

The first item in the list is simple gerund then? It looked like a complex ger to me.. grrrr

Ok.. take it this way: There are 3 categories:

(1) Concrete Nouns
(2) Action Nouns and Complex Gerunds
(3) Simple Gerunds.

MGMAT SC guide suggests not to mix these categories.

The first item ( "Phyllis Wheatley's blending of solar imagery") is a complex gerund phrase- "blending solar imagery" would be a simple gerund phrase.
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02 Jul 2016, 23:06
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03 Jul 2016, 03:27
A,C and E is incorrect because phyllis wheatley is used in possessive sense in the sentence so the use of "She" is incorrect....

B lacks parallelism

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In her later poems, Phyllis Wheatley's blending of solar imagery, Judeo-Christian thought and figures, and the images she borrowed from ancient classicism suggesting her range and depth of influences, not the least of which is her African heritage

original sentence- verb is missing for the noun "blending"

choice d is correct- 03 noun phrase are parellel now. blending is singular, so singular verb suggests is fine. also for three parallel things- images borrowed( is ed modifier)

In her later poems, Phyllis Wheatley's blending of
solar imagery,
Judeo-Christian thought and figures, and
the images borrowed from ancient classicism

suggests her range and depth of influences, not the least of which is her African heritage ( noun modifier and you can omit that)
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26 Mar 2017, 03:40
Hi,

I have a question here. Should it not be "suggest" instead of "suggests".
PW's blending... and images - does this make the subject plural?

For example: X and Y suggest taking the car to the movies v/s X suggests taking the car to the movies.

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Hi,

I have a question here. Should it not be "suggest" instead of "suggests".
PW's blending... and images - does this make the subject plural?

For example: X and Y suggest taking the car to the movies v/s X suggests taking the car to the movies.

Thanks!
The subject is (the) blending of X, Y, and Z. So when we write Phyllis Wheatley's blending of solar imagery, Judeo-Christian thought and figures, and images borrowed from ancient classicism, we're saying that she combined three things. Within blending of X, Y, and Z, the subject is blending (singular). Images does not make blending plural, and therefore we need to go for suggests (singular).
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In her later poems, Phyllis Wheatley's blending of solar imagery, Judeo-Christian thought and figures, and the images she borrowed from ancient classicism suggesting her range and depth of influences, not the least of which is her African heritage.

blending.... suggests.

(A) the images she borrowed from ancient classicism suggesting
(B) borrowing images from ancient classicism, suggests
not parallel.
(C) she borrowed images from ancient classicism, which suggests
Wrong.
no antecedent.
(D) images borrowed from ancient classicism suggests
Correct.
(E) images that she borrowed from ancient classicism, suggesting
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