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# Published during the late eighteenth century, Diderots

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589. Published during the late eighteenth century, Diderotâ€™s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaireâ€™s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and both men prudently chose to embark on extended vacations in nearby Austria.
(A) Diderotâ€™s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaireâ€™s fictional Candide were the cause of such a sensational scandal, and
(B) Diderot and his friend Voltaireâ€™s caused such a sensational scandal with their factual Encyclopedia and fictional Candide, respectively, that
(C) Diderotâ€™s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaireâ€™s fictional Candide were the cause of a scandal so sensational that
(D) the scandal caused by Diderotâ€™s factual Encyclopedia and his friend Voltaireâ€™s fictional Candide was so sensational
(E) a factual Encyclopedia by Diderot and the fictional Candide, by his friend Voltaire, caused a sensational scandal, which

THE SC1000 has C as the answer. I thought GMAT doesn't allow us to use "his" without any direct referral.

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15 Oct 2006, 19:43

his refers to Diderot's. perfectly legal here.

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15 Oct 2006, 20:45
Dear Tennis ball,

Can you explain your reasoning for C?
I do also think the answer is C, but I am not clear whether it is okay to use "his" with any direct referral.

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15 Oct 2006, 21:23
C, mostly by POE.
Unfortunately, I am unable to provide a satisfactory explanation to your question, died4me.

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15 Oct 2006, 22:45
Diderot's X and his friend's Y does sound correct could you please explain why you think this is not correct ?

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15 Oct 2006, 23:17
died4me wrote:
Dear Tennis ball,

Can you explain your reasoning for C?
I do also think the answer is C, but I am not clear whether it is okay to use "his" with any direct referral.

thanks!

If the sentence used the pronoun he, then there would be a mistake. The possesive pronoun his is used correctly here.
whose? - Diderotâ€™s

C also has the idiomatic so - that.

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16 Oct 2006, 15:51
Sorry I dont agree think I agree with the explanation

Heres from MGMAT

Jose's room is so messy that his mom calls him a pig

If him cant refer to Jose then the same rule applies here[/b]

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03 Aug 2007, 09:16
trivikram wrote:
Sorry I dont agree think I agree with the explanation

Heres from MGMAT

Jose's room is so messy that his mom calls him a pig

If him cant refer to Jose then the same rule applies here[/b]

I agree with trivikram. A possessive pronoun (his) should not refer back to a possessive noun (diderot's).

this is a least of 5 evils question.

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14 Aug 2007, 09:38
Does it matter whether it is objective or possessive pronoun?

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15 Aug 2007, 12:31
bmwhype2 wrote:
Does it matter whether it is objective or possessive pronoun?

bmwhype2 wrote:
trivikram wrote:
Sorry I dont agree think I agree with the explanation

Heres from MGMAT

Jose's room is so messy that his mom calls him a pig

If him cant refer to Jose then the same rule applies here[/b]

I agree with trivikram. A possessive pronoun (his) should not refer back to a possessive noun (diderot's).

this is a least of 5 evils question.

okay...

C is correct. HIS is correct because a possessive pronoun CAN refer to a possessive noun. A subject and object pronoun CANNOT refer back to a possessive noun.

MGMAT SC page 63

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