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Of all the things that Washington could have done in conducting the American Revolution, the war against the British would not have succeeded without French intervention.

(A) Of all the things that Washington could have done in conducting the American Revolution

(B) Washington might have conducted the American Revolution in a number of ways

(C) Besides what Washington did in conducting the American Revolution

(D) However Washington may have conducted the American Revolution

(E) Washington conducted the American Revolution, however


Some of the choices in this sentence use the word "however" is a sense not familiar to some modern readers, but this more sophisticated usage will appear on the GMAT. To get the full story, see this blog:
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Of all the things that Washington could have done in conducting the American Revolution, the war against the British would not have succeeded without French intervention.

The correct meaning here is that (although/despite/ in spite of) Washington did conduct the American Revolution (meaning the war against the British), the French intervention was a great help for the Americans to decisively win the war and declare independence.
That is why the correct answer is D; ‘however’ is used in the meaning of ‘whatever great way’ or ‘in spite of the great way’ ….. still one cannot undervalue the French connection.



(A) Of all the things that Washington could have done in conducting the American Revolution --- Of all the things, means that The French help was one those things the General did – wrong meaning.

(B) Washington might have conducted the American Revolution in a number of ways --- This is a run-on.

(C) Besides what Washington did in conducting the American Revolution -- 'besides’ means ‘in addition to; we need a meaning of ‘in spite of”

(D) However Washington may have conducted the American Revolution – Best choice as explained above.

(E) Washington conducted the American Revolution, however -- Two independent clauses cannot be joined with a however using a comma before and after however. The proper way would be to use ‘a semi-colon +however+ comma’. This is as good as a run-on.

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Of all the things that Washington could have done in conducting the American Revolution, the war against the British would not have succeeded without French intervention.

It appears that Washington has done few things , one of it is war against British and french played a major role in that war.

(A) Of all the things that Washington could have done in conducting the American Revolution

(B) Washington might have conducted the American Revolution in a number of ways........both the independent sentences are connected by simply a comma.............Comma splice error.

(C) Besides what Washington did in conducting the American Revolution.............the stricture is as Besides what X did, Y happened. Besides is an incorrect connecting word and sentence structure is also incorrect.


(E) Washington conducted the American Revolution, however................however here to infer the meaning of but which is incorrect here.

(D) However Washington may have conducted the American Revolution

out of A and D, I chose A.
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Of all the things that Washington could have done in conducting the American Revolution, the war against the British would not have succeeded without French intervention.

It appears that Washington has done few things , one of it is war against British and french played a major role in that war.

(A) Of all the things that Washington could have done in conducting the American Revolution

(B) Washington might have conducted the American Revolution in a number of ways........both the independent sentences are connected by simply a comma.............Comma splice error.

(C) Besides what Washington did in conducting the American Revolution.............the stricture is as Besides what X did, Y happened. Besides is an incorrect connecting word and sentence structure is also incorrect.


(E) Washington conducted the American Revolution, however................however here to infer the meaning of but which is incorrect here.

(D) However Washington may have conducted the American Revolution

out of A and D, I chose A.


Hi,
why A is wrong?..

if you look at the subordinate clause...
Of all the things that Washington could have done in conducting the American Revolution..
I would expect something immediately after that to be getting modified...
and WHAT should it be--?
it will be one of "all the things the sentence is talking about"...

And Is "the war against the British " that thing .. NO

so, the choice is not conveying the meaning properly and has modifier problem..

Hope it helps you in eliminating A..
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Hi mikemcgarry,

Can you please post official explanation of this question.

I am not able to comprehend how "However Washington may have conducted the American Revolution" is modifying "The war"..??


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Hi daagh,

Thank you so much for such an explanation.

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Hi mikemcgarry,

Can you please post official explanation of this question.

I am not able to comprehend how "However Washington may have conducted the American Revolution" is modifying "The war"..??

Thanks and Regards,
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Dear Prakhar,
I'm very glad you found the words of daagh helpful: daagh is an impressive individual on this site. If this use of "however" is relatively new to you, I want to recommend this blog, which I think you will find illuminating:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2016/the-word-h ... -the-gmat/
That blog discusses the two completely different uses of "however," and the rules governing each. That blog also contains the OE of the question.

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Official Explanation Magoosh :



Version (A) is clumsy and wordy. We get the idea of Washington's choices, but this is a poor colloquial construction that has, at best, a tenuous connection to the rest of the sentence. This is incorrect.

Version (B) is grammatically correct, but it greatly obscures the meaning of the sentence. "Might have..." implies that we do not know how Washington actually conducted the war. It does imply that the war could not have been won irrespective of Washington's decisions.

Version (C) changes the meaning: in the whole sentence, it almost makes Washington's actions sound detrimental to the American cause!

Version (D) conveys the meaning in a grammatical correct form, using the original meaning of the word "however." This one is promising.

(E) is a run-on sentence. We cannot separate two independent clauses using only "however" and commas. Rather, we would need a semicolon before "however" for (E) to be grammatically sound.

The only possible answer is (D).
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Hi mikemcgarry

Thank you for the great question. I would like to clarify the usage of verb tenses here. Usually "would have + been" is used when we have past perfect in another clause. Why "may have conducted"? And if so, why not might have conducted "?

However Washington may have conducted the American Revolution, the war against the British would not have succeeded without French intervention.

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I went through shared link.

It is really good help to understand "HOWEVER" technically.

mikemcgarry wrote:
RAHKARP27071989 wrote:
Hi mikemcgarry,

Can you please post official explanation of this question.

I am not able to comprehend how "However Washington may have conducted the American Revolution" is modifying "The war"..??

Thanks and Regards,
Prakhar

Dear Prakhar,
I'm very glad you found the words of daagh helpful: daagh is an impressive individual on this site. If this use of "however" is relatively new to you, I want to recommend this blog, which I think you will find illuminating:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2016/the-word-h ... -the-gmat/
That blog discusses the two completely different uses of "however," and the rules governing each. That blog also contains the OE of the question.

Best of luck, my friend!
Mike :-)
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