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Possessive Pronouns - Grammar or Style?

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Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction guide categorically mentions that nouns in the possessive case (with 's or s') are often poor antecedents. I'm confused whether this pronoun reference is a rule or a preference. In other words, a sentence that violates this rule/preference will be absolutely incorrect and can thereby be ruled out as a possible answer choice?

Few other Sentence Correction text books have mentioned that GMAT shows flexibility with regards to Pronoun cases. For instance, a non-Possessive noun can serve as the antecedent for a Possessive pronoun and a Possessive noun can serve as the antecedent for a non-Possessive pronoun.

E.g. Jim's car is expensive, and he takes good care of it.

Is the above sentence grammatically incorrect? Can the personal subject pronoun 'he' be used to refer to the possessive noun Jim's? I look forward to cement this concept since a lot of contrasting options exist.

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Indeed, while possessive nouns are not great antecedents for subject pronouns, it's not a no-go from GMAT perspective, as is evident from the correct official sentence below:

Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning's success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.

Notice that the subject pronoun she is referring to the possessive Elizabeth Barrett Browning's.
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Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction guide categorically mentions that nouns in the possessive case (with 's or s') are often poor antecedents.

If they call them poor antecedents, then it implies that they accept that they are antecedents, although inferior. Hence, it looks as if it is a matter of style and not grammar.
Pronoun references are subject more to logic than to grammar at least in GMAT.

P.S: Could you please confirm whether the comments are from the original "GMAT Prep" company and not from the other Manhattan
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