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# Modern critics are amused by early scholars categorizing

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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
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03 Sep 2008, 15:05
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IMO A.

Modern critics are not amused by early scholars but they are amused by early scholar's categorizing..... hence C,D,E are out. Among A and B. A is the best.
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03 Sep 2008, 15:26
Agree with grepro. B C D E change the meaning of the original sentence.
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03 Sep 2008, 19:40
hibloom wrote:
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

I believe the answer should be D. Please provide the OA and i will explain it if I turn out to be correct.

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03 Sep 2008, 21:06
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tarek99 wrote:
hibloom wrote:
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

I believe the answer should be D. Please provide the OA and i will explain it if I turn out to be correct.

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Critics are not amused by scholars but by scholars' catergorizing practice...So, A should be the ANS.
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03 Sep 2008, 21:48
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Agree with A.

Other options change the meaning of the orignal sentence.
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04 Sep 2008, 00:26
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OA is A
Agree all the other choices change the meaning
But I read a rule in one of the notes that
possessive+present participle is always wrong
thats the reason I picked D
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Updated on: 04 Sep 2008, 09:55
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hibloom wrote:
OA is A
Agree all the other choices change the meaning
But I read a rule in one of the notes that
possessive+present participle is always wrong
thats the reason I picked D

I used the same reasoning. I don't understand what makes the exception here. Can somebody just explain rather than say changing the meaning? It changed the meaning from what to what?

Would someone please explain what meaning got changed in each answer choice?

Originally posted by tarek99 on 04 Sep 2008, 09:36.
Last edited by tarek99 on 04 Sep 2008, 09:55, edited 1 time in total.
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04 Sep 2008, 09:43
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is the proper use of idiom is "categorize x as y"?
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20 Jul 2009, 09:00
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

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20 Jul 2009, 10:10
hmsinghania 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

Ans is A

Reason:
in A, categorizing is a gerund, appropriately used. critics are amused by something that scholars did.

B and E are incorrect for using "if"
C and D imply that critics are amused by scholars, which is not the intended meaning.
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20 Jul 2009, 13:43
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I agree with the poster above, A

First of all, B and E are falling out because of "if". Remember that on GMAT when you have an "if" clause you must continue with "then"; and "then" does not show up anywhere.

C falls out because it creates ambiguity. The author intended to say that critics are amused with scholars who did something. Here it is hard to say who categorized Tacitus's Germania

A is correct because that not-underlined "by" means that you need passive voice. "who categorize" is not passive, so that should be it
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24 Jul 2009, 21:08
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tarek99 wrote:
hibloom wrote:
OA is A
Agree all the other choices change the meaning
But I read a rule in one of the notes that
possessive+present participle is always wrong
thats the reason I picked D

I used the same reasoning. I don't understand what makes the exception here. Can somebody just explain rather than say changing the meaning? It changed the meaning from what to what?

Would someone please explain what meaning got changed in each answer choice?

Modern critics are amused by the categorization, not by the scholars. Whereas option C, D and E says that critics are amused by scholars.

But still I find option A sounding awkward. Whats the source of the question?
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02 Aug 2009, 08:18
hibloom wrote:
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

A seems correct
B - 'as if' is not correct
C, D, E - i think the intent is that modern critics were amused by the categorization not the scholars who did the categorization ... so C,D,E are out
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10 Apr 2010, 18:08
looking at the sentence given you should make up your mind on whether the critics were amazed by scholars or by their categorizing

i say the sentence requires you to understand that that the critics were amazed by their categorizing

C D and E are out plus in C categorizing wrongly modifies Crtics

as if in B is redundant
so
we are left with A
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10 Apr 2010, 18:59
Can someone shed light on what does the bold portion in sentence mean. Is it a rule that if a sentence has the word "by" it has to be or is in passive voice?

A is correct because that not-underlined "by" means that you need passive voice. "who categorize" is not passive, so that should be it
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12 Apr 2010, 16:16
Nothing wrong with A. The apostrophes are in the right place, and since an ethnographic treatise refers correctly to Tacitus's Germania, a written piece,the use as is fine
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20 Jul 2010, 06:04
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My reasoning for A:

A) - weird.. uses possessives.. sounds odd.. but nothing explicitly wrong.. so hold on
B) - 'as if' is used for hypothetical situation.. Hence, changes the meaning
C) - 'categorizing' followed by comma - modifies the whole phrase - giving the impression that Modern critics categorized and not the scholars. That is not the intended meaning. Also, grammatically, 'of' following categorizing is not correct. For example: I wrote a book, listing all the chapters -- is correct but I wrote a book, listing of all the chapters -- doesn't make any sense.
D) - 'early scholar who categorize' -- problem1 -- gives the impression that critics are amused by scholars not the work. Problem2 -- gives the impression that scholars are still there and they usually categorize. The intended meaning is 'early scholar who categorizED'.
E) - same as D.

Hence A: best out of the worst.
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20 Jul 2010, 14:00
I originally picked D, but soon realized what everyone else seems to have realized... D changes the meaning of the sentence. A is not exactly the "right" answer, it is just better than the others so it's correct
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20 Jul 2010, 17:17
critics are amused by the scholar's action and not by the scholars themselves.
This leaves A and B
"as if" in option be does not make sense. Hence, original sentence is correct.

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