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# In October 2001, responding to the devastating attack

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In October 2001, responding to the devastating attack on New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, President Bush ordered an invasion of Afghanistan in order to remove the Taliban from power, destroy the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, and capture Osama bin Laden.

A)responding to the devastating attack on New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, President Bush
B)the devastation of the attack on New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers occurred and, responding, President Bush
C)because of the devastating attack on the Twin Towers, part of New York’s World Trade Center, President Bush responded and
D)in response to the devastating attack on the Twin Towers, part of New York’s World Trade Center, President Bush
E)New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers were devastatingly attacked, and the response was that President Bush

Originally posted by guygmat on 19 Jun 2011, 08:20.
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19 Sep 2013, 17:24
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I really don't get why A is not the best choice. It conveys the meaning and is more concise than D!!!! Also it doesn't add "part" in the sentense which can make it wordier.

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Hi spreen.

D is better than A because of the phrase "in response to". The difference between "in response to" and "responding to" is:
- in response to: means you response to something that is done. In this question, the devastating attack on the Twin Towers is done. Thus, "in response to" is better than "responding to".
- responding to: means you response to something that is still happening at the time of your action.

Similar grammars: "in accordance with" vs. "according to".

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19 Jun 2011, 09:20
@ guygmat
The title says it is a modifier problem. Can I know whether the problem is a dangling modifier or a misplaced modifier in choice A?
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29 Jan 2012, 22:17
hey what's d problem with A..is it that too many possesives..
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@daag-there is no modifier error in this question .
@rajeev-the only reason why A is wrong in the sentence is because it uses a subordinate adjective clause starting with -ing .Whenever we can avoid the '-ing' form and the idea can be conveyed in a better and concise way try to avoid -ing.But check twice before you omit the option with -ing,cause it might be the best among the worst options at times .
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30 Jan 2012, 01:40
Go with "A", but after i have read the explanation of saikarthikreddy it makes more sense. Great tip to remember.
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@rajeev-the only reason why A is wrong in the sentence is because it uses a subordinate adjective clause starting with -ing .Whenever we can avoid the '-ing' form and the idea can be conveyed in a better and concise way try to avoid -ing.But check twice before you omit the option with -ing,cause it might be the best among the worst options at times .

Buddy, i disagree with u on the usage of verb+ ing..i think this form of modifier is used more often than any other form of modifier( be it relative clause or past participle or adjective). There are numerous examples(even in OG 12 n verbal 2) to prove that verb +ing modifiers are correct rather i haven't come across a single explanation that says the use of Verb + ing modifier is not correct or not preferred..
IMO the mistake in choice A is the phrase New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers . It is possessive with possessive which is making the sentence awkward.
I think the prepositional phrase in D and the Verb+ ing modifier in A are both correct usage, the problem lies in what is following them.
Do correct me if i am wrong.
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19 Sep 2013, 11:38
I really don't get why A is not the best choice. It conveys the meaning and is more concise than D!!!! Also it doesn't add "part" in the sentense which can make it wordier.

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19 Sep 2013, 11:59
I think grammatically both are A and D are right, however according to me the awkwardness comes when you see the attack on.It would be much better if we write attack on something which is direct like TWIN TOWER here to make it more concise.Remember GMAT asks you to check the shorter and concise one if everything is right grammatically.
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I really don't get why A is not the best choice. It conveys the meaning and is more concise than D!!!! Also it doesn't add "part" in the sentense which can make it wordier.

Plz smo can help

Hi spreen.

D is better than A because of the phrase "in response to". The difference between "in response to" and "responding to" is:
- in response to: means you response to something that is done. In this question, the devastating attack on the Twin Towers is done. Thus, "in response to" is better than "responding to".
- responding to: means you response to something that is still happening at the time of your action.

Similar grammars: "in accordance with" vs. "according to".

Hope it helps.

thank you. That make more sens to me
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In October 2001, responding to the devastating attack on New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, President Bush ordered an invasion of Afghanistan in order to remove the Taliban from power, destroy the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, and capture Osama bin Laden.

A)responding to the devastating attack on New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, President Bush
B)the devastation of the attack on New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers occurred and, responding, President Bush
C)because of the devastating attack on the Twin Towers, part of New York’s World Trade Center, President Bush responded and
D)in response to the devastating attack on the Twin Towers, part of New York’s World Trade Center, President Bush
E)New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers were devastatingly attacked, and the response was that President Bush

There is difference in meaning of responding and to respond.
"responding to the devastating attack " What a funny phrase. A eliminated

B, C and E are awkward and ungrametical.
D is correct as "In respons to a attack " It is feasible . One can respond to an action. Correct choice.
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05 Jul 2015, 03:05
Option D looks great as long as you see it individually. However, as soon as you put it back into the sentence, the start looks awkward.

Consider it once again.
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in response to the devastating attack on the Twin Towers, part of New York’s World Trade Center, President Bush

Twin Towers ,part of New York’s World Trade Center... is this correct?
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20 Nov 2016, 23:22
@sayantanc2k,@chetan2u
I don't understand what's the problem in A.
is it the Phrase New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers Or any other factor.
Please provide your insights.
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@sayantanc2k,@chetan2u
I don't understand what's the problem in A.
is it the Phrase New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers Or any other factor.
Please provide your insights.

Yes, you are right - "in response to" and "responding to" both are alright.
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In October 2001, responding to the devastating attack on New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, President Bush ordered an invasion of Afghanistan in order to remove the Taliban from power, destroy the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, and capture Osama bin Laden.

A)responding to the devastating attack on New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, President Bush

B)the devastation of the attack on New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers occurred and, responding, President Bush
--> wordy and awkward.

C)because of the devastating attack on the Twin Towers, part of New York’s World Trade Center, President Bush responded and

D)in response to the devastating attack on the Twin Towers, part of New York’s World Trade Center, President Bush
--> correct.

E)New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers were devastatingly attacked, and the response was that President Bush
--> wordy and awkward.
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