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Of the three Bronte sisters, people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire.

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(A) people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(B) people are usually most familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people, writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people for writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

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IMO - C

(A) people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
''Of the three sisters'' should modify ''Charlotte'' and not ''people''

(B) people are usually most familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
''Of the three sisters'' should modify ''Charlotte'' and not ''people''

(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
Correct

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
People are not writing ''Jane Eyre'', it is ''Charlotte'' who wrote it

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
People are not writing ''Jane Eyre'', it is ''Charlotte'' who wrote it
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Of the three Bronte sisters, people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire.

(A) people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(B) people are usually most familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire


IMO correct answer is A.
B distorts the meaning with "most familiar"
C incorrectly modifies people with "people, a popular novel"
D and E incorrectly modify people again and distort the meaning too
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Every option with "more" is wrong. We compare 3 sisters, therefore only one can be the most familiar. If there were two it would have been "more".

E misses "for" after "to people".
C has a wrongly used modifier where it modifies people not book.
B it is.

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I chose B...
Ignored A use of "more" and we are comparing more than two people. But I didn't consider what the clause was modifying.
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Of the three Bronte sisters, people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire.

Meaning of the original sentence:
1. There are three Bronte sisters
2. Charlotte is one of the Bronte sisters
3. People are usually most familiar with Charlotte
4. Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre
5. Jane Eyre is a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

Errors of the original sentence:

We use "more" and any other comparative form to compare =2 entities.
We use "most" and any other superlative form to compare >2 entities.

So we have 3 sisters, "more" is wrong in this sentence, we need "most".

To me opening pp modifier "Of the three Bronte sisters" has to be followed after comma by the name of one of the Bronte sisters, so I treated it as an error, eliminated (B), then faced epic fail when discovered that (C), (D) and (E) is also wrong on solid grounds. So now I know that all the rest is wrong and I'm back to (B), even if I don't like it, and don't have to ;)
Seems it is more or less acceptable to have this kind of sentence constraction.
At lest GMAT is not tesing opening modifier here, but obvious split between (A)-(B) and (C)-(D)-(E) is confusing.
In such cases we have to leave this split and find other errors.

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(A) people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
(with "most" we are fine here, but n+nm is too far away from modifying entity, it seems modifing people in preceeding clause, anyway placement is not working here, it cannot jump over whole clause to modify "Jane Eyre)

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
("more" is wrong, also we have meaning shift here, now people all the time writing Jane Eyre - out)

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
(meaning shift here, now people all the time writing Jane Eyre - out)


(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
(B) people are usually most familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

Between (B) and (C) modifier placement (B) seems more logical.
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I would go with B on this one too.

Only A and B get the meaning correct and we are looking for the "most" familiar rather than for the "more" familiar sister.
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Not sure how E is the right answer. Does not make sense at all.

Will wait for your explanation

Hi pikolo2510.

(E) does not make sense, and there is no correct answer to this question.

In (A) and (B), the opening modifier is about the sisters, but the subject is "people." Since an opening noun modifier must modify the subject of the clause that follows the opening modifier, (A) and (B) are absolutely incorrect.

In (C), "people" is described as a "popular required reading novel". Gone.

In (D) more should not be used to designate one of three, and "people" are described as "writing Jane Eyre."

In (E), "most" is correctly used, but "people" are described as "writing Jane Eyre." Gone.

No correct choice. So, you can learn from the incorrect choices, but there's no way to get this one right.
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Not sure how E is the right answer. Does not make sense at all.

Will wait for your explanation

pikolo2510 - Straight I too can reject A,B,C . for sure modifier related error. But I dnt like D and E too. cause of the use of 'writing Jane Eyre' after people without using ','. Even if there is a comma before, it would not modify the verb. does not make sense ---- 'she is famous cause she is writing jane Eyre.'
Still I have to pick one between D and E, I will go for E. you see, we are talking about one among three. Most is the right call for that. comparison is for 2 things. Also Lack of 'than' is also gave me a way. A right use of 'than' could have turned thing around, but here most is the best to say the intended meaning.
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Official Explanation :

The sentence as written begins with the phrase of the three Bronte sisters which incorrectly modifies people, the noun immediately after comma. Therefore, eliminate (A) and (B), which repeats the error.

Choice (C) correctly places Charlotte net to the modifying phrase of the three Bronte sisters, but incorrectly refers to the noun people as a popular required reading novel.

Choice (D) uses the quantity word more, which compares exactly two items, and is incorrect in a sentence about three Bronte sisters.

Choice (E) places Charlotte next to the modifying phrase of the three Bronte sisters and makes no other errors, so this answer choice is correct.
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(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
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could you please share the rule to describe this construction?
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(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire
(meaning shift here, now people all the time writing Jane Eyre - out)

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Dear generis aragonn sudarshan22

could you please share the rule to describe this construction?

GKomoku , there is no such rule. :(

There was a typo in Option E.
I just caught it.

I have corrected that typo. Thanks for tagging me. :)
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Of the three Bronte sisters, people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire.

(A) people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(B) people are usually most familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people [, ] writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people for writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire


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In the originally posted question, there was a typographical error in option E.
The word "for" was missing.

I have edited the question.
I also added a comma to D, after people

sudarshan22 had a rough day on the keyboard front!

I have had those kind of days.

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3) If that tagging does not work, PM me. (All three of us work at demanding full-time jobs. We also sleep occasionally. :) )

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Of the three Bronte sisters, people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire.

(A) people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(B) people are usually most familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people [, ] writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people for writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire


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In the originally posted question, there was a typographical error in option E.
The word "for" was missing.

I have edited the question.
I also added a comma to D, after people

sudarshan22 had a rough day on the keyboard front!

I have had those kind of days.

Please, if there are issues with the questions themselves (structural problems, no correct answer, no OA, etc.):

1) report the post. Report a problem is the third option in from the right of the screen.
Click it. You just type in the problem.
Using that button is almost always the fastest way to get help with a question that has errors.

That Report a Problem button is NOT for regular posts whose answers you don't like or whose answers are wrong.
Report a Problem is for issues such as this one in which the question from which you work seems to have no correct answer.

If Report a Problem does not work,

2) tag generis (me), or sudarshan22 , or aragonn

3) If that tagging does not work, PM me. (All three of us work at demanding full-time jobs. We also sleep occasionally. :) )

Apologies, everyone.


Thank you for clarifying :)

I went through the other replies and had significant difficulties understanding why "E" was the correct choice, the new sentence, including the "for", makes much more sense however.
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In (E),"most" is correctly used, but "people" are described as "writing Jane Eyre." Gone.

As far I know that "most" indicates more than 50%. So, where is the consistency of the word "most" in the choice E?
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Of the three Bronte sisters, people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire.

(A) people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire : who among the three sisters? Charlotte. The noun subject must be as close to the modifier as possible.

(B) people are usually most familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire : Same as A

(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire : What is popular? Jane Eyre. The noun subject must be as close to the modifier as possible.

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people, writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire : Awkward construction

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people for writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire : Correct answer, but the use of "usually most famous" is awkward
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Of the three Bronte sisters, people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire.

(A) people are usually more familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire : Subject Charlotte must be as close to the modifier "of the three sisters" as possible

(B) people are usually most familiar with Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire : Same as the case in A

(C) Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, is usually most familiar to people, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire : "Popular" modifying "Jane Eyre" must be as close to it as possible.

(D) Charlotte is usually more familiar to people, writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire : Awkward construction

(E) Charlotte is usually most familiar to people for writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire : Correct and better than the rest, but the use of "usually most familiar" is weird.
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Charlotte is usually most familiar to people for writing Jane Eyre, a popular required reading novel in the high school repertoire


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In (E),"most" is correctly used, but "people" are described as "writing Jane Eyre." Gone.

As far I know that "most" indicates more than 50%. So, where is the consistency of the word "most" in the choice E?
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AsadAbu Nothing is wrong with most.

In this kind of sentence, most does not mean OR "indicate" more than 50%.
What source gave you the idea that most is always defined in that manner?

Most is an adverb that modifies familiar.
Familiar is a subject complement of Charlotte.
Familiar is also an adjective.

Most helps to form the superlative of some adjectives and adverbs.
These adjectives and adverbs tend to have more than one syllable.

When we need to make a word a superlative, we use
most in English when we cannot tack an -EST onto the end of a word.

steady → steadiest
famous → most famous
odd → oddest
obtuse → most obtuse

familiar → familiarest?
No.
familiar → most familiar

Here is a similar sentence in which I substituted well-known for familiar:
Michelangelo is typically most well known to people for painting the Sistine Chapel, but he loved sculpting more than all other art forms.

When in doubt about what words mean—or perhaps even when not in doubt—consult a dictionary.
Look at the section titled "adverb" in the definition of "most" in Oxford Dictionary online, here

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