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

Created in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

A. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

B. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

C. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

D. by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.

E. by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.
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Nice question. Chose B.
In A, 'where' usage is wrong. 'He' cannot refer to possessive noun.
In C, the same as in A.
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“where” in A and E cannot refer to “scale”. “he” in C does not have a reference. D is not correct structure after the semicolon, since we should normally have an independent clause of a parallel list.

So, B is the best choice.
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B is the best choice. A and E are out because of "where". In D semicolon is incorrect since the second clause is run-on sentence. Between C and B...I think "after his death" sounds better than "after he died". Hope it helps
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Nice question. Chose B.
In A, 'where' usage is wrong. 'He' cannot refer to possessive noun.
In C, the same as in A.

Hi Ergenekon! Could you please explain about possesive noun?=)). I don't get this idea. Thanks
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Ergenekon wrote:
Nice question. Chose B.
In A, 'where' usage is wrong. 'He' cannot refer to possessive noun.
In C, the same as in A.

Hi Ergenekon! Could you please explain about possesive noun?=)). I don't get this idea. Thanks



Would be glad to help. When we have a possessive noun as it is here -Anders Celsius’ original thermometer, we can't use pronouns such as 'he' to refer to it, because pronouns are used to refer to nouns or other pronouns. But here Anders Celsius’ is not a noun. It is used as an adjective to modify thermometer. However, we can use 'him' to refer to it in such sentences. Remember these as rules. No need to try to understand it wholly. Feel free to ask if you have further questions.
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Created in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

A. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
''he' does not have proper antecedents... Anders Celsius’ is possesesive noun so should refer to 'his' as pronoun

B. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.
'he ' has been changed to his.. so correct

C. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.same problem as A

D. by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.
by is wrong... and 2nd part is wordy..

E. by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.by is wrong... and in 2nd part it seems as if scale reversed on its own..

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In the original sentence, the subject pronoun he cannot refer to the possessive noun
Anders Celsius’ (note the apostrophe). Possessive nouns such as Anders Celsius'
may only be the antecedents of possessive pronouns, such as his. Further, the use of
the relative pronoun where to describe the scale is incorrect since the pronoun where
can refer only to physical locations.

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

(B) CORRECT. This answer choice corrects the original pronoun issue by replacing
the subject pronoun he with the possessive pronoun his, which can legally refer to the
possessive noun Anders Celsius’. Furthermore, the relative pronoun which in the
phrase in which correctly refers to the immediately preceding noun a scale.

(C) By using the relative pronoun which in place of where, this answer choice corrects
one of the two pronoun problems in the original sentence. However, the subject
pronoun he cannot refer to the possessive noun Anders Celsius’.

(D) In this answer choice, the semicolon is used incorrectly to connect two clauses,
only one of which can stand alone. Specifically, the phrase reversing the scale to its
present form after his death in 1744 is not an independent clause and cannot follow
the semicolon.

(E) In this answer choice, the use of the relative pronoun where to describe the scale
is incorrect since this pronoun can refer only to physical locations. Furthermore, by
replacing the original passive construction was reversed with the active form
reversed, this answer choice illogically suggests that "a scale” changed itself rather
than was changed by others. While the active form is more concise, the use of the
passive construction in this case is warranted by the original content of the sentence.
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Konstantin1983 wrote:
Ergenekon wrote:
Nice question. Chose B.
In A, 'where' usage is wrong. 'He' cannot refer to possessive noun.
In C, the same as in A.

Hi Ergenekon! Could you please explain about possesive noun?=)). I don't get this idea. Thanks



Would be glad to help. When we have a possessive noun as it is here -Anders Celsius’ original thermometer, we can't use pronouns such as 'he' to refer to it, because pronouns are used to refer to nouns or other pronouns. But here Anders Celsius’ is not a noun. It is used as an adjective to modify thermometer. However, we can use 'him' to refer to it in such sentences. Remember these as rules. No need to try to understand it wholly. Feel free to ask if you have further questions.


Thanks Ergenekon! I read about possessive nouns but now i have a chance to apply my knowledge in practice. Yes i will contact you if i have a questions=))
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[/quote]Would be glad to help. When we have a possessive noun as it is here -Anders Celsius’ original thermometer, we can't use pronouns such as 'he' to refer to it, because pronouns are used to refer to nouns or other pronouns. But here Anders Celsius’ is not a noun. It is used as an adjective to modify thermometer. However, we can use 'him' to refer to it in such sentences. Remember these as rules. No need to try to understand it wholly. Feel free to ask if you have further questions.[/quote]

Thanks Ergenekon! I read about possessive nouns but now i have a chance to apply my knowledge in practice. Yes i will contact you if i have a questions=))[/quote]


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

Created in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

A. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

B. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

C. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

D. by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.

E. by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.


We have pronoun error in A and C.
where - refers to places only. A and E make the same mistake.
D - who does the reversing? it is understood that Anders Celsius. but in this case it is completely illogical. a person cannot do smth after his/her death.
D commits another error. semi-colon needs a complete clause. we don't have such in D.

A, C, D, and E are all eliminated, leaving us with B as the correct answer.
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Created in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

A. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form.

he died is wrong,as there is no mention of anders celsius,it cannot refer to anders celsius.

B. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form. Correct answer where he is replaced by his

C. in 1731, Anders Celsius’ original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after he died in 1744 the scale was reversed to its present form. same error as A

D. by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale in which the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; reversing the scale to its present form after his death in 1744.
Reversing is wrongly used.

E. by Anders Celsius in 1731, his original thermometer had a scale where the value of 0 corresponded to the boiling point of water; after his death in 1744 the scale reversed to its present form.
Where is wrongly used for scale.
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But answer obtion B .His has no antecedent
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