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Modern critics are amused by early scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as an ethnographic treatise.
(A) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as
(B) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as if
(C) scholars, categorizing of Tacitus’s Germania as
(D) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania as
(E) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania if

Okay, I made this Q incorrect. Why D is not good. Is it because critics are amused by scholars' categorizing and not by scholars.
How do we know what the writer wants to say??

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Originally posted by zoltan on 14 Nov 2007, 08:39.
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30 Jan 2008, 06:17
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I think you all have missed the point of this problem. We are trying to talk about ALL early scholars. I'll give you an example:

example 1: Early scholars who categorize.
Meaning: This is not referring to ALL early scholars, but refers only to those early scholars who categorize. Some early scholars categorized, while other early scholars did not categorize.

example 2: Early scholars, who categorize.
meaning: ALL early scholars categorize. The placement of comma created a non-essential sentence that gives some extra unimportant information about ALL early scholars.

The placement of comma makes a huge difference. In our problem, ALL modern critics are amazed by ALL early scholars. Therefore, D and E are out. In option C, "categorizing" seem to refer to "amused" which is wrong. B is out because of "if", therefore A is our correct answer.
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14 Nov 2007, 09:33
I will go with A

As correctly pointed out by Ravshonbek, amused by something and not by scholars, so eliminate C, D, and E

Between A and B, later is awkard - as if an (use of if)

so choose A

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Ravshonbek wrote:
zoltan wrote:
507. Modern critics are amused by early scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as an ethnographic treatise.
(A) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as
(B) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as if
(C) scholars, categorizing of Tacitus’s Germania as
(D) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania as
(E) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania if

Okay, I made this Q incorrect. Why D is not good. Is it because critics are amused by scholars' categorizing and not by scholars.
How do we know what the writer wants to say??

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The point here is amuse by,

amused by something

A.

I'm not sure that this is the point...
Amused by something or someone --> both are correct.

I guess the difference b/w A and D is that while in A, the critics are amused by an act committed by early scholars (categorizing), in D, the critics are amused by the scholars themselves. D changes the meaning. Therefore, A stands.
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Critics are amused by the "act" of scholars' which seems to disdain them. They are not amused by the scholars' ( unless it's mentioned they are clowns!! )

So A seems allright to me.

B is wrong because of "as if"

C is wrong ..no meaning.

D is wrong.. they are not amused by scholars. They are amused by the act of scholars', which is to categorize X as Y.

E is wrong.... again same error as in D and also "if".
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14 Nov 2007, 19:39
Okay, D is grammatically correct, but it does not convey the right meaning, therefore it is incorrect.

I am just wondering whether there is any grammatical mistake in D??
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22 Jun 2008, 05:02
zoltan wrote:
507. Modern critics are amused by early scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as an ethnographic treatise.
(A) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as
(B) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as if
(C) scholars, categorizing of Tacitus’s Germania as
(D) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania as
(E) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania if

Okay, I made this Q incorrect. Why D is not good. Is it because critics are amused by scholars' categorizing and not by scholars.
How do we know what the writer wants to say??

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Should be A.
Not B, "...categorizing T's G as if..." is awkward.
Not C, D or E- they change meaning- because modern critics are amused by the categorization not the categorizers.
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01 Jan 2011, 04:39
(A)

(A) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as
(B) scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as if
(C) scholars, categorizing of Tacitus’s Germania as
(D) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania as
(E) scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania if
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19 Jun 2012, 12:13
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I have same query, what is the difference between scholars' categorizing & scholars who categorize?

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scholars' categorizing (possessive noun) : Modern Critics are amused by what Scholars did (Their categorizing of....) - This is the intended meaning
scholars who categorize (Simple noun) : Modern Critics are amused by scholars - This is not the intended meaning because scholars themselves are not amusing, although their work could be amusing.
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I feel there is no need to get confused here between A and D. Both focus on vastly different factors. .

1. A Modern critics are amused by early scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as
2. D Modern critics are amused by early scholars who categorize Tacitus’s Germania as

Let us read them as simple sentences without the paraphrelinia.
Modern critics are amused by early scholars’ --- Is the theme complete? Unless the categorizing is attached, this will simply remain unfinished . So A is concerned about categorizing.

On the contrary, D can survive without the relative clause introduced by who
Therefore, D is concerned about scholars. This is the basic difference between the two.
The original intends to converge on categorizing, while D distorts that intent.

I don't think, we have permission to distort the intention in SC . Therefore, A is correct
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I think both options are having different meanings.

A) scholars' categorizing Bach's Cello Suites as : Means critics are amused by scholars action.
D) scholars who categorize Bach's Cello Suites as : Means critics are amused by scholars. This choice distorts the original meaning.
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27 Aug 2012, 04:51
I also think that 'meaning' is in the play. Per the original sentence, scholars are amused by the act of categorizing, not by the people who did this.So D and E are out.
In choice c as well the original sentence has been changed into wrongly suggesting that the critics do the act of categorizing while they are amused by the scholars.
Use of as if in B is non nonsensical. A is the correct answer.
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"Of" would be used for "categorization OF Bach's Cello Suites".
But the way categorizing is used in the sentence, it's an action verb. Someone is "categorizing" (as a verb) Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces. Who? It's the scholars. Their "categorizing Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces" amused modern critics.
Their [something] amused modern critics.
And that [something] is their [categorizing Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces].
So since we are using action verb categorizING and not the noun of "categorization" - we do not use OF.

The key here is to focus on what the critics are amused by. They are not amused by scholars. Rather, they are amused by scholar's [something].
That [something] is a phrase. That phrase is not just limited to the portion underlined. In this case, it would be [categorizing Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces.]
So, modern critics are amused by scholars' [categorizing Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces.]
You can also say they are amused by scholars' categorization - however, the use of categorization is not one of the answer choices. Instead, you have to find another phrase that captures a noun phrase and the above example (A) does that.
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"Of" would be used for "categorization OF Bach's Cello Suites".
But the way categorizing is used in the sentence, it's an action verb. Someone is "categorizing" (as a verb) Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces. Who? It's the scholars. Their "categorizing Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces" amused modern critics.
Their [something] amused modern critics.
And that [something] is their [categorizing Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces].
So since we are using action verb categorizING and not the noun of "categorization" - we do not use OF.

The key here is to focus on what the critics are amused by. They are not amused by scholars. Rather, they are amused by scholar's [something].
That [something] is a phrase. That phrase is not just limited to the portion underlined. In this case, it would be [categorizing Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces.]
So, modern critics are amused by scholars' [categorizing Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces.]
You can also say they are amused by scholars' categorization - however, the use of categorization is not one of the answer choices. Instead, you have to find another phrase that captures a noun phrase and the above example (A) does that.
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Modern critics are amused by early scholars’ categorizing Tacitus’s Germania as an ethnographic treatise.

Idiom - Amused by - Something

Modern critics should be amused by something but not someone
Hence modern critics are amused by scholars' categorizing but not by scholars

A - Right choice.
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Modern critics are amused by early scholars' categorizing Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces.

This signals its going to be plural so D & E are ruled out. Out of A,B and C. A is simpler and doesn't sound awkward so A it is

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10 Jul 2014, 22:01
Even in A shouldn't it be early "scholars' categorizing of" ?

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apoorva2890 wrote:
Then shouldn't it be Scholars' categorization

janxavier wrote:

Modern critics are amused by early scholars' categorizing Bach's Cello Suites as artistic masterpieces.

The Original sentence intends to mean that the Modern critics are happy to see that Scholars have categorized Bach’s Cello Suites as a artistic masterpiece.
If It Includes “of” then the meaning would change to
Critics are happy to see the Categorization process performed by the Scholars on Bach's Cello Suites.

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I decided to go with A.

I crossed off C, D and E because it felt as if those answer choices were saying that the critics were amused by early scholars(whereas they were amused by part of their work/beliefs).

Between A and B I went with A because I couldn't see any reason to put an 'as if' on the end. How could the sentence be structured differently to make the 'as if' work?
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22 Mar 2017, 02:00
Hi,

Although I understood the explanation given for A, I am not sure how would we know whether one should select A or D.

A looks very awkward while D looks very clear and concise.

Are we rejecting D only because Amused by cannot be followed by Scholar? Please confirm.
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