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# Philosopher Sentence Correction Issue...

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Philosopher Sentence Correction Issue... [#permalink]

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03 Apr 2006, 18:26
1. The philosopher ABC, a native of Germany and naturalized citizen of Switzerland, preferred to describe himself as " a good European"

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2. The philosopher ABC,who was born in Germany and a naturazied citizen of Switzerland, preferred to describe himself as " a good European".

Can you please explain why 1 is correct?
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03 Apr 2006, 18:52
2 is incorrect because and in the relative clause who was born in Germany and a naturalized citizen of Switzerland indicates that the two descriptions/items need to be parallel (in the same form). In other words:

INCORRECT
who... 1) was born in Germany

and

who.... 2) a naturalized citizen of Switzerland

In the correct answer choice, 1, the two items are parallel, i.e. in the same form (a noun and a noun).

native of Germany and naturalized citizen of Switzerland
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04 Apr 2006, 04:27
Correct me if I am wrong.

Isnt 1 more active than 2?
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04 Apr 2006, 06:11
The way I understand it, they are both active because the verb comes after the subject. I.e.,

The philosopher ABC (subject)........preferred (verb)

The issue is the modifier and not active vs passive voice...
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04 Apr 2006, 06:29
The sentence 2 would have been right if it said
who was born in Germany and who was a naturalized citizen.
04 Apr 2006, 06:29
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# Philosopher Sentence Correction Issue...

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