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# Pronoun Revision: Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe

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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of one of the most famous French plays of all time.

A. was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of

B. was condemned by his contemporaries, it is now considered

C. resulted in condemnation by contemporaries, he is now considered to be the writer of

D. resulted in condemnation of him by contemporaries, it is now considered to be

E. condemned him by his contemporaries, it is now considered
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27 Feb 2015, 01:39
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27 Feb 2015, 02:36
Original sentence uses pronoun for "possessive noun" (Moliere`s); Such usage is wrong and A and C options are discarded. D and E are out because a satirical play cannot "result in condemnation" or "condemn" something.
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28 Feb 2015, 09:00
We can solve thin question by paying attention to the meaning. The answer is B.
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28 Feb 2015, 23:55
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of one of the most famous French plays of all time.

A. was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of

B. was condemned by his contemporaries, it is now considered

C. resulted in condemnation by contemporaries, he is now considered to be the writer of

D. resulted in condemnation of him by contemporaries, it is now considered to be

E. condemned him by his contemporaries, it is now considered

+1 for B. Correct meaning, concise and correct pronoun use.
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01 Mar 2015, 03:29
Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of one of the most famous French plays of all time.

A. was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of - I eliminated this as a modifier error.
B. was condemned by his contemporaries, it is now considered - Correct
C. resulted in condemnation by contemporaries, he is now considered to be the writer of - Same as A
D. resulted in condemnation of him by contemporaries, it is now considered to be - The pronouns are all wrong. Also, incorrect idiom 'considered to be '
E. condemned him by his contemporaries, it is now considered - 'him' is incorrect
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Re: Pronoun Revision: Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe [#permalink]

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Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of one of the most famous French plays of all time.

A. was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of
antecedents of 'he' not clear, it can be a,b,c anyone.. it cannot refer back to a possesive noun

B. was condemned by his contemporaries, it is now considered
this removes the pronoun error.. CORRECT

C. resulted in condemnation by contemporaries, he is now considered to be the writer of
same as A.. considered to be is wrong idiom,.. reulted in is awkward construction

D. resulted in condemnation of him by contemporaries, it is now considered to be
same as C

E. condemned him by his contemporaries, it is now considered
the first is awkward in construction
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Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of one of the most famous French plays of all time.

Errors in the original sentence: "he" does not have a logical antecedent. Moliere's is in possessive form and thus can not be the antecedent of "he".

A. was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of

Incorrect. As described above.

B. was condemned by his contemporaries, it is now considered

Correct.

C. resulted in condemnation by contemporaries, he is now considered to be the writer of

Incorrect. Meaning error here with "he is now considered". Moliere can not be regarded as " one of the most famous French plays of all time", the phrase should refer to Tartuffe. The phrase "resulted in condemnation" is wordy. "Considered to be" is unidiomatic. "Considered" is not followed by "to be" or "as" in GMAT SC.

D. resulted in condemnation of him by contemporaries, it is now considered to be

Incorrect. The phrase "resulted in condemnation of him by contemporaries" is wordy. "Considered to be" is unidiomatic. "Considered" is not followed by "to be" or "as" in GMAT SC.

E. condemned him by his contemporaries, it is now considered
Incorrect. "Condemned him by his contemporaries" is illogical. 'him' doesnt have an antecedent. Illogical meaning as it was not Moliere who was condemned but it was his play Tartuffe.
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Pronoun Revision: Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe [#permalink]

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02 Jun 2015, 03:12
Although I chosen B for clear reasons mentioned in the above posts
But have a doubt that choosing B changes meaning of sentence I mean second part of original sentence talks about considering Moliere as famous writer of play whereas B only talks about the play which is now considered great.

Can somebody explain this thought
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Re: Pronoun Revision: Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe [#permalink]

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02 Jun 2015, 03:57
Hi kanigmat011,

Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of one of the most famous French plays of all time.

The part after the underline : one of the most famous French plays of all time so there is no meaning change if option B is used.

In the sentence the play was condemned by the contemporaries, not the writer. so if the sentence had been written in the following manner :

Because of his satirical play Tartuffe ,Moliere was condemned by his contemporaries ,then option B would have resulted in meaning change.
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Re: Pronoun Revision: Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe [#permalink]

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02 Jun 2015, 23:46
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Although I chosen B for clear reasons mentioned in the above posts
But have a doubt that choosing B changes meaning of sentence I mean second part of original sentence talks about considering Moliere as famous writer of play whereas B only talks about the play which is now considered great.

Can somebody explain this thought

Hi kanigmat011,

The original sentence is a misplaced modifier and has pronoun ambiguity. So, we cannot go by that meaning. What we must keep is the intended meaning of the sentence. Since in the original sentence, we don't know who is considered the writer, it is anyways ambiguous.

What the sentence should mean is that the play is famous because that is the only possible subject in the sentence.

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02 Oct 2016, 06:36
chetan2u wrote:
Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of one of the most famous French plays of all time.

A. was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of
antecedents of 'he' not clear, it can be a,b,c anyone.. it cannot refer back to a possesive noun

B. was condemned by his contemporaries, it is now considered
this removes the pronoun error.. CORRECT

C. resulted in condemnation by contemporaries, he is now considered to be the writer of
same as A.. considered to be is wrong idiom,.. reulted in is awkward construction

D. resulted in condemnation of him by contemporaries, it is now considered to be
same as C

E. condemned him by his contemporaries, it is now considered
the first is awkward in construction

pronoun 'his' doesn't have any antecedent, isn't that an error?
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chetan2u wrote:
Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of one of the most famous French plays of all time.

A. was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of
antecedents of 'he' not clear, it can be a,b,c anyone.. it cannot refer back to a possesive noun

B. was condemned by his contemporaries, it is now considered
this removes the pronoun error.. CORRECT

C. resulted in condemnation by contemporaries, he is now considered to be the writer of
same as A.. considered to be is wrong idiom,.. reulted in is awkward construction

D. resulted in condemnation of him by contemporaries, it is now considered to be
same as C

E. condemned him by his contemporaries, it is now considered
the first is awkward in construction

pronoun 'his' doesn't have any antecedent, isn't that an error?

The antecedent of "his" is "Moliere's". A possessive pronoun may have a possessive noun as an antecedent.
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31 Jan 2017, 03:12
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If you can solve this doubt

Considered To Be is wrong idiom. Concrete Rule?
Considered As is correct idiom right?

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If you can solve this doubt

Considered To Be is wrong idiom. Concrete Rule?
Considered As is correct idiom right?

Thank you

Both are wrong. The correct idiom is consider X Y ( no "as" or "to be"). e.g.,
I consider you my friend... correct
I consider you to be my friend... incorrect
I consider you as my friend... incorrect

(However if I recollect correctly, there is at least one old official question, in which "consider to be" was used in the correct option. I shall revert to you if I find that question.)
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Although Moliere's satirical play Tartuffe was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of one of the most famous French plays of all time.

A. was condemned by his contemporaries, he is now considered the writer of
The subject is play not Moliere, he is dangling pronoun.

B. was condemned by his contemporaries, it is now considered
Correct annswer with correct intented meaning with correct grammer.

C. resulted in condemnation by contemporaries, he is now considered to be the writer of
The subject is play not Moliere, he is dangling pronoun.

D. resulted in condemnation of him by contemporaries, it is now considered to be
The play was condemed not the writer

E. condemned him by his contemporaries, it is now considered
the paly was condemed and not the writer.
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18 Sep 2017, 04:44
The subject of the initial clause is the "play," which must therefore be the subject of the main part of
the sentence (after the comma). The correct pronoun to use to refer to an inanimate thing is "it"
rather than "he."

(A) This answer is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) CORRECT. This choice correctly uses the pronoun "it" to refer to the inanimate thing "play."

(C) This choice incorrectly uses the pronoun "he" to refer to the inanimate thing "play." In addition,
the correct idiom is "considered X" rather than "considered to be X." Finally, the phrase "resulted in
condemnation by contemporaries" is awkward compared with the original sentence, and does not
make clear exactly what or who (is it the play or the person?) is being condemned.

(D) This choice correctly uses the pronoun "it" to refer to the inanimate thing "play" but introduces the
object pronoun "him" which cannot refer to a possessive noun. Logically, the pronoun "him" should
refer to Moliere but Moliere is not in the sentence; only "Moliere's satirical play" is in the sentence. In
addition, the correct idiom is "considered X" rather than "considered to be X." Finally, the phrase
"resulted in condemnation of him by contemporaries" is awkward and wordy compared with the
original sentence, and also changes its meaning by asserting that the person, rather than the play,
was condemned.

(E) This choice correctly uses the pronoun "it" to refer to the inanimate thing "play" but introduces the
object pronoun "him" which cannot refer to a possessive noun. Logically, the pronoun "him" should
refer to Moliere but Moliere is not in the sentence; only "Moliere's satirical play" is in the
sentence. Finally, the sentence seems to suggest that the play did the actual condemning.
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