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Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each play a dramatic twist of fate.

A) Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each piece a tragic twist of fate.
B) Noted for using tragedy in a consummate way, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author slowly revealing a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.
C) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of how he notably and consummately uses tragedy, evident in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.
D) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author's noted and consummate use of tragedy, evidenced in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.
E) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because he slowly revealed a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece, demonstrating his noted and consummate use of tragedy.

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Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each play a dramatic twist of fate.

(A)Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each piece a tragic twist of fate.

The sentence begins with the modifier, which requires a person (noun) as its subject but, "many of Shakespeare’s plays" is the subject. Additionally, the phrase "due to the author slowly revealing" is awkward.

(B) Noted for using tragedy in a consummate way, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author slowly revealing a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

The opening modifier "Noted for using tragedy in a consummate way" incorrectly modifies "plays" instead of Shakespeare himself. This choice also contains an awkward construction "because of the author slowly revealing."

(C) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of how he notably and consummately uses tragedy, evident in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

Pronoun “he" cannot refer to "Shakespeare" here, since the name is part of a possessive phrase: "Shakespeare’s plays". The author himself is not grammatically present in the sentence.

(D) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author's noted and consummate use of tragedy, evidenced in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

Correct, this choice corrects the modifier by rewriting the sentence to avoid it. Moreover this choice also replaces the awkward construction "due to the author's revealing" with a better one - “evidenced in the slow revelation."

(E) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because he slowly revealed a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece, demonstrating his noted and consummate use of tragedy.

Like choice (C) this choice also incorrectly uses the pronoun "he" without a grammatical antecedent in the sentence.
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Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each play a dramatic twist of fate.

Who uses tragedy? Shakespeare or his plays? To me more logic makes Shakespeare using tragedy, although not necessarily. But in business environment personifyig a play is worse than the other choice.

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A) Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each piece a tragic twist of fate.

Opening participial modifier must modify the noun after the comma. If so, plays cannot use tragedy.
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B) Noted for using tragedy in a consummate way, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author slowly revealing a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

As A. Besides, the noun phrase after the "because of" is grammatically correct, but very verbose.
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C) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of how he notably and consummately uses tragedy, evident in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

A clause cannot follow "because of".
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D) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author's noted and consummate use of tragedy, evidenced in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

It's clear that the author used the tragedy. The "because of" is properly followed by noun phrase. "evidenced in the slow revelation" is somehow cumbersome but good enough compared to other ACs.
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E) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because he slowly revealed a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece, demonstrating his noted and consummate use of tragedy.

Not sure if subject pronouns can refer to genitive. Experts please explain. If yes, I'd choose this one, if not: D.
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Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each play a dramatic twist of fate.

Who uses tragedy? Shakespeare or his plays? To me more logic makes Shakespeare using tragedy, although not necessarily. But in business environment personifyig a play is worse than the other choice.

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A) Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each piece a tragic twist of fate.

Opening participial modifier must modify the noun after the comma. If so, plays cannot use tragedy.
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B) Noted for using tragedy in a consummate way, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author slowly revealing a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

As A. Besides, the noun phrase after the "because of" is grammatically correct, but very verbose.
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C) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of how he notably and consummately uses tragedy, evident in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

A clause cannot follow "because of".
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D) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author's noted and consummate use of tragedy, evidenced in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

It's clear that the author used the tragedy. The "because of" is properly followed by noun phrase. "evidenced in the slow revelation" is somehow cumbersome but good enough compared to other ACs.
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E) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because he slowly revealed a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece, demonstrating his noted and consummate use of tragedy.

Not sure if subject pronouns can refer to genitive. Experts please explain. If yes, I'd choose this one, if not: D.

Hi Humpty,

The pronoun 'he' can not refer to the 'Shakespeare's plays', this makes (E) incorrect. The pronoun referring to a possessive noun has to be possessive if we want to refer to the noun that is possessing something. (D) correctly uses 'author's' in the possessive form to refer to something that Shakespeare possessed.

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The problem with A stems mainly from its ill-designed structure. First, the possessive pronoun ‘his’ must be revealed of its antecedent as soon as possible, but in A, the referent is not literally stated We have to only surmise it is Shakespeare by perception. Second the word order is rather inferior in A.
-due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each piece a tragic twist of fate - is not so appropriate as - due to the author slowly revealing a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece; this is what we have in D
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05 May 2013, 14:04
My choice B
What is Noted for his consummate use of tragedy -shakesphere play is noted..SO it should modify his plays

C,D,E are out becoz Shakespeare’s plays which is a possessive representing his plays ...He is used wrongly ....Only play is used as noun we can't use shakesphere as a noun
A is wrong becoz author slowly revealing at the end is due to classics which doesn't make sense so wrong usage of due to
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HumptyDumpty wrote:
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Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each play a dramatic twist of fate.

Who uses tragedy? Shakespeare or his plays? To me more logic makes Shakespeare using tragedy, although not necessarily. But in business environment personifyig a play is worse than the other choice.

Quote:
A) Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each piece a tragic twist of fate.

Opening participial modifier must modify the noun after the comma. If so, plays cannot use tragedy.
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B) Noted for using tragedy in a consummate way, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author slowly revealing a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

As A. Besides, the noun phrase after the "because of" is grammatically correct, but very verbose.
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C) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of how he notably and consummately uses tragedy, evident in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

A clause cannot follow "because of".
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D) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author's noted and consummate use of tragedy, evidenced in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

It's clear that the author used the tragedy. The "because of" is properly followed by noun phrase. "evidenced in the slow revelation" is somehow cumbersome but good enough compared to other ACs.
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E) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because he slowly revealed a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece, demonstrating his noted and consummate use of tragedy.

Not sure if subject pronouns can refer to genitive. Experts please explain. If yes, I'd choose this one, if not: D.

Hi Humpty,

The pronoun 'he' can not refer to the 'Shakespeare's plays', this makes (E) incorrect. The pronoun referring to a possessive noun has to be possessive if we want to refer to the noun that is possessing something. (D) correctly uses 'author's' in the possessive form to refer to something that Shakespeare possessed.

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Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each play a dramatic twist of fate.

A) Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each piece a tragic twist of fate.
, should be followed by Shakespeare not many of Shakes peare's plays as the first line talks about Shakespeare
B) Noted for using tragedy in a consummate way, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author slowly revealing a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.
, should be followed by Shakespeare not many of Shakes peare's plays as the first line talks about Shakespeare
C) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of how he notably and consummately uses tragedy, evident in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.
Correct
D) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author's noted and consummate use of tragedy, evidenced in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.
usage of evidenced is wrong here
E) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because he slowly revealed a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece, demonstrating his noted and consummate use of tragedy.
The intent of the sentence is changed here.The reason for the plays becoming classic is the noted and consummate use of tragedy and here it is shown as a result
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Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each play a dramatic twist of fate.

(A)Noted for his consummate use of tragedy, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics due to the author slowly revealing at the end of each piece a tragic twist of fate.

The sentence begins with the modifier, which requires a person (noun) as its subject but, "many of Shakespeare’s plays" is the subject. Additionally, the phrase "due to the author slowly revealing" is awkward.

(B) Noted for using tragedy in a consummate way, many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author slowly revealing a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

The opening modifier "Noted for using tragedy in a consummate way" incorrectly modifies "plays" instead of Shakespeare himself. This choice also contains an awkward construction "because of the author slowly revealing."

(C) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of how he notably and consummately uses tragedy, evident in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

Pronoun “he" cannot refer to "Shakespeare" here, since the name is part of a possessive phrase: "Shakespeare’s plays". The author himself is not grammatically present in the sentence.

(D) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author's noted and consummate use of tragedy, evidenced in the slow revelation of a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece.

Correct, this choice corrects the modifier by rewriting the sentence to avoid it. Moreover this choice also replaces the awkward construction "due to the author's revealing" with a better one - “evidenced in the slow revelation."

(E) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because he slowly revealed a tragic twist of fate at the end of each piece, demonstrating his noted and consummate use of tragedy.

Like choice (C) this choice also incorrectly uses the pronoun "he" without a grammatical antecedent in the sentence.

I agree that "he" cannot be used here, but evidenced depicts something else, dont you think evident is a better word to use here?
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Would be really curious to know the source of this question. Few things:

A: I can’t see any modifier issue here. Why can’t Shakespeare’s plays be noted for his consummate use of tragedy?

As for D (which is cited to be the correct answer), completely changes the meaning of the original sentence. In the original sentence, clearly Shakespeare (or Shakespeare’s plays) are noted for Shakespeare’s consummate use of tragedy. But D changes it to author's noted and consummate use of tragedy! In the original sentence, noted modifies Shakespeare (or Shakespeare’s plays), but in D, noted modifies use. There are other issues as well.
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The problem with A stems mainly from its ill-designed structure. First, the possessive pronoun ‘his’ must be revealed of its antecedent as soon as possible, but in A, the referent is not literally stated We have to only surmise it is Shakespeare by perception.

Actually "his" is not referring to "Shakespeare"; "his" is referring to "Shakespeare's". Since the sentence uses only two possessives: a pronoun possessive (his) and a noun possessive (Shakespeare's), it is very clear what "his" is referring to. Also, there is no other noun that qualifies to be the antecedent.

In fact, GMAT seems to much more "lenient" with this kind of pronoun usage. For example:

Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health, the chief executive announced plans Wednesday to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months.

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Second the word order is rather inferior in A.

Yes, but since the OE posted above seemed to suggest an issue with the modifier, I was challenging that.

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this is what we have in D

As I mentioned, D changes the meaning of the original sentence.
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D is the correct answer.

This is what sentence means:

- Shakespeare’s plays have become classics because of the author's noted and consummate use of tragedy
- This use of tragedy is visible in the end of each piece or each plays written by shakespeare

A & B are out because there is subject verb issue
C related 'play becoming classics' with 'skill of shakespeare'. That is, play became classics because of the skills possessed by the writer. Secondly, he shouls rfer to shakespear; whereas, the subject is plays and not shakespear.
D again connect the reasoning of 'why plays became classics' to he. It should have been connected to use of skills or tragedy usage.

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