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Joan of Arc, a young Frenchwoman who claimed to be divinely inspired,

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Re: Joan of Arc, a young Frenchwoman who claimed to be divinely inspired,  [#permalink]

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New post 30 Jan 2018, 16:45
Hi betterscore,

Thank you for your question. Let's start by finding the most obvious differences between each answer and narrowing things down from there.

The first thing that jumped out after glancing over this quickly is the difference between persuaded/persuading. This is a case of using parallel format between both actions Joan of Arc does: "turned the tide of the English victories" and "persuaded Charles VII." These both need to be in past tense to be parallel, so let's rule out the answers that use "persuading": C & E.

Next, let's get rid of answer A because the added pronoun "she" is confusing and unnecessary. It might mislead readers to think Joan of Arc turned the tide, but some other woman persuaded Charles VII.

Finally, we're left with answers B & D. Let's break down what each answer really means:

B: persuaded Charles VII of France in claiming his throne
This is an indirect way of saying this, and could be confusing for readers. Readers might mistake this to mean Joan of Arc would be taking the throne and not the king.

D: persuaded Charles VII of France to claim his throne
This is the CORRECT answer because it's clear and concise. There is no mistaking what the sentence means, and it uses parallel format.
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New post 31 Jan 2018, 21:45
thangvietnam wrote:
problem in choice A is that
"she" dosenot seemingly refer to Jone arc. why we add 'she" to make confusion./

this point is more basic than "COMMA+FANBOYS". I dont think gmat test comma+fansboy.



Hello thangvietnam,

I do not quite agree to your analysis.

In this official sentence, the name of only one woman is mentioned - Joan of Arc. Hence Joan of Arc is the only logical noun antecedent for the pronoun she.

The sentence most certainly has the structure error. The two independent clauses have been connected just be and. Such connection is certainly an error on GMAT SC. GMAT SC does test the correct usage of connectors in such cases.


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daagh wrote:
An important thumb rule to follow while handling compound sentences is the omission of the subject in the second IC, if the subject of first IC can fit in as well as the subject. Here the subject of both the ICs is Joan and hence you can drop the pronoun – she - in the second IC. The whole sentence will still be //. Secondly, the right idiom is to claim. Both these combinations, you find in choice D only


Sir, Please explain why in claiming is wrong?
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Priyansha7 wrote:
daagh wrote:
An important thumb rule to follow while handling compound sentences is the omission of the subject in the second IC, if the subject of first IC can fit in as well as the subject. Here the subject of both the ICs is Joan and hence you can drop the pronoun – she - in the second IC. The whole sentence will still be //. Secondly, the right idiom is to claim. Both these combinations, you find in choice D only


Sir, Please explain why in claiming is wrong?

Hi Priyansha7, I believe Sir meant that persuade someone to do something is correct idiom, whereas persuade someone in doing something is not.
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