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Media experts have attributed the long lasting intrigue of Marilyn Munroe to everything from having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired, to her association with the rich and powerful families in America.

A) having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired
B) having a charismatic beauty, which has always been admired
C) her charismatic beauty, for which there has always been an admiration
D) her charismatic beauty, which has always been admired
E) having a charismatic beauty, for which there has always been an admired

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05 May 2013, 12:13
From X to Y is the idiom so X ad Y should be parallel

Left with c and D

D seems to be more parallel with Non underlined part of sentence.
Hence D my choice
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06 May 2013, 05:16
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Media experts have attributed the long lasting intrigue of Marilyn Munroe to everything from having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired, to her association with the rich and powerful families in America.

From x to y. X and Y must be parallel. Since ", to her association" is not underlined, we have to adjust the X to the form of Y.

A) having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired
"having" is unparallel to "her association". However, after the preponderance over AC D), I am chaniging my judgement from "unparallel" to "not elegantly parallel". So I am picking A.
B) having a charismatic beauty, which has always been admired
"having" is unparallel to "her association". Present Perfect tense is ungrammatical here.
C) her enigmatic beauty, for which there has always been an admiration
Very wordy.
D) her enigmatic beauty, which has always been admired
Hm. Although "her enigmatic beauty" nicely parallels the "her association", the change from "charismatic" to "enigmatic" makes me doubt. I've learnt once that the change of meaning is crucial to the GMAT, so... let's move back to the Gerund form "having". Maybe it's the lesser evil. Has anyone else also concluded that changed meaning indicates WRONG answer in 99% of cases?
E) having a charismatic beauty, for which there has always been an admired
Ungrammatical.
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06 May 2013, 22:21
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Media experts have attributed the long lasting intrigue of Marilyn Munroe to everything from having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired, to her association with the rich and powerful families in America.

A) having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired
B) having a charismatic beauty, which has always been admired
C) her enigmatic beauty, for which there has always been an admiration
D) her enigmatic beauty, which has always been admired
E) having a charismatic beauty, for which there has always been an admired

OA after discussion

IMO, D is correct because

(1) parallel: ......from her ..... to her..........
(2) "beauty, which has been admired" conveys better meaning. If we use "which was admired", we mean nobody admires her beauty anymore. The admiration is no longer available.

In addition, I eliminate "having...." because I asked myself should the structure be "......from having..... to associating........". But the second part is "her association".

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06 May 2013, 23:36
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Media experts have attributed the long lasting intrigue of Marilyn Munroe to everything from having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired, to her association with the rich and powerful families in America.

From x to y. X and Y must be parallel. Since ", to her association" is not underlined, we have to adjust the X to the form of Y.

A) having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired
"having" is unparallel to "her association". However, after the preponderance over AC D), I am chaniging my judgement from "unparallel" to "not elegantly parallel". So I am picking A.
B) having a charismatic beauty, which has always been admired
"having" is unparallel to "her association". Present Perfect tense is ungrammatical here.
C) her enigmatic beauty, for which there has always been an admiration
Very wordy.
D) her enigmatic beauty, which has always been admired
Hm. Although "her enigmatic beauty" nicely parallels the "her association", the change from "charismatic" to "enigmatic" makes me doubt. I've learnt once that the change of meaning is crucial to the GMAT, so... let's move back to the Gerund form "having". Maybe it's the lesser evil. Has anyone else also concluded that changed meaning indicates WRONG answer in 99% of cases?
E) having a charismatic beauty, for which there has always been an admired
Ungrammatical.

Even with the change of one word (D) will be the correct answer; It is very rare that you will see a dramatic change in meaning. However, if change in meaning makes the grammatically incorrect choice correct then you must select the grammatically correct one. Note that first the grammatical correctness comes then meaning. In some question on the GMAT, two grammatically correct choices have a difference in meaning and the one that preserves the intended meaning of the original sentence is the correct answer choice. Anyways, to avoid any confusion, I have changed the word in my question.

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07 May 2013, 00:00
Well, after amending the question to suit a desirable answer, it does not matter much to discuss the correctness of the choice D. . . But IMO, there is more than what meets the eye, if enigmatic was the original choice over charismatic. The liberty to change the original if the intended meaning is a change for the better is manifest in the GMAT. Remember charismatic –- means captivating, while -enigmatic means something beyond fathom. What gives pep to this enigma is the word - intrigue – which means to arouse the interest in an unusual and fascinating means. Enigmatic is improvement over charismatic in this context, and I would welcome the change
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Media experts have attributed the long lasting intrigue of Marilyn Munroe to everything from having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired, to her association with the rich and powerful families in America.

A) having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired
B) having a charismatic beauty, which has always been admired
C) her charismatic beauty, for which there has always been an admiration
D) her charismatic beauty, which has always been admired
E) having a charismatic beauty, for which there has always been an admired

A,B,E are direclty ruled out due to the parallelism issues,
Out of C and D, D is correct, due to the correct tense and brevity
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18 May 2013, 03:31
Nice explanations every one, here is the OE

Media experts have attributed the long lasting intrigue of Marilyn Munroe to everything from having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired, to her association with the rich and powerful families in America.

(A) having a charismatic beauty, which was always admired

The expression "from X to Y" requires X and Y to be in parallel form, but "having a charismatic beauty" and "her association with the rich and powerful families in America" are not parallel. The first is a verb construction while the second is a noun construction. Since the second construction is not underlined, the first construction must be altered. The simple past construction "which was never explained” though not grammatically incorrect, is less preferred than the present perfect.

(B) having a charismatic beauty, which has always been admired

The parallelism error is not corrected here: "from having a charismatic beauty" is the same as in the original sentence.

(C) her charismatic beauty, for which there has always been an admiration

The parallelism error is corrected, However, "for which there has never been an explanation" is wordy.

(D) her charismatic beauty, which has always been admired

CORRECT. Here, "her charismatic beauty" is parallel with "her association with the rich and powerful families of Europe." Moreover, "which has never been explained" is concise and properly in the present perfect tense.

(E) having a charismatic beauty, for which there has always been an admired

The parallelism error is not corrected here: "having a charismatic beauty" is the same as in the original sentence. Moreover, "for which there has never been an explanation" is wordy.
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