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Jenny’s dream was to become the first female mayor of her home city

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Jenny’s dream was to become the first female mayor of her home city, but while running in the mayoral election, cancer was detected and another candidate had to be chosen.


(A) while running in the mayoral election, cancer was detected and another candidate had to be chosen.

(B) while running in the mayoral election, Jenny’s cancer was detected and another candidate had to be chosen.

(C) while running in the mayoral election, cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen.

(D) while running in the mayoral election, the cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen.

(E) while running in the mayoral election, a cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen.

Originally posted by parijit on 23 Dec 2018, 01:42.
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(A) while running in the mayoral election, cancer was detected and another candidate had to be chosen.

(B) while running in the mayoral election, Jenny’s cancer was detected and another candidate had to be chosen.

(C) while running in the mayoral election, cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen.

(D) while running in the mayoral election, the cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen.

(E) while running in the mayoral election, a cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen.

Option A, C, D, and E have Modifier Error; The subordinating clause while running in the mayoral election incorrectly modifies cancer rather than Jenny. In a perfect world, even Option B must be incorrect because we must have Jenny instead of Jenny's Cancer. However, Option B is the best option. Questions such as this one ideally do not appear on the actual GMAT.
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How about the usage of “had to be chosen”? Choosing another candidate is not the first event that occured...can you pls clarify?

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This 'had' is simple past ,parallal with 'detected'.
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Jenny’s dream was to become the first female mayor of her home city, but while running in the mayoral election, cancer was detected and another candidate had to be chosen.


(A) while running in the mayoral election, cancer was detected and another candidate had to be chosen.

(B) while running in the mayoral election, Jenny’s cancer was detected and another candidate had to be chosen.

(C) while running in the mayoral election, cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen.

(D) while running in the mayoral election, the cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen.

(E) while running in the mayoral election, a cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen.



(A) while running in the mayoral election, cancer was detected and another candidate had to be chosen. In Whom?

(B) while running in the mayoral election, Jenny’s cancer was detected and another candidate had to be chosen. Though not perfect option, conveys an idea that it was jennys dream to be mayor, she could not be because of her cancer.

(C) while running in the mayoral election, cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen.

(D) while running in the mayoral election, the cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen.

(E) while running in the mayoral election, a cancer was detected and another candidate was chosen

The question essentially boils down to the meaning conveyed. A cancer, The cancer do not talk about jenny, as the underlined part does not talk of Jenny, but about Jennys dream.
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can someone Please explain why "B" is correct as its using past perfect in the 2nd event ?
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can someone Please explain why "B" is correct as its using past perfect in the 2nd event ?


In option "B", it is simple past (have to - had to) not past perfect.
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