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# Possessive Poison Rule: Possessive Nouns can only serve as

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Possessive Poison Rule: Possessive Nouns can only serve as antecedents to Possessive Pronouns.

Does the GMAT ever break this rule?

MGAT only says that the GMAT tries to avoid having this as the make or break. Does that mean that sometimes the GMAT will break this rule?

I found a Kaplan Live Online 2010 question that breaks this rule.

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12 Jul 2010, 23:13
I'm not sure if MGMAT breaks this rule, but I've also seen some sample SC problems breaking this rule...

Try to follow the posessive poison rule if possible, but if the other choices are clearly wrong, then downplay the significance of this rule I guess...
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14 Jul 2010, 16:46
That makes me feel wary of the rule. I can only assume that the Official GMAT Exam might break this rule as well ...
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14 Jul 2010, 19:52
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That makes me feel wary of the rule. I can only assume that the Official GMAT Exam might break this rule as well ...

Yes, this rule is not cut and dry.
I remember one of the MGMAT faculty explaining an example where this rule was not followed.
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23 Nov 2010, 17:39
Hello, Can we have some SC examples please where this rule has actually been broken?
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Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired her to write several mystery novels; travelers to Egypt can still stay at the Old Cataract Hotel, the model for the hotel in one of Christie's most famous books.

WRONG - second "her" in caps (used in non-possessive capacity) violates the rule not the first "her" which is possessive:
Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband inspired HER to write several mystery novels

CORRECT - both "her"s are possessive and not impacted by the rule:
Agatha Christie's travels with her archaeologist husband served as inspiration for several of her mystery novels

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