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Reared apart from each other, a recent United States study showed

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AjiteshArun Thanks for examples. One more thing; Which one Can I take away from this discussion, or none.

1. "modifiers should be closest to the noun/noun phrase" they are modifying or
2. "they should always be preceded by noun/noun phrase and cannot be placed anywhere else if there intended meaning was to modify that noun/noun phrase".

I understand that there are some cases such as "Standing at the gate, John was stung by a scorpion". Here Standing is far away from John but still it makes sense.
That's a tough one. :)

There are a lot of structures in English, and it is usually better (though definitely not faster!) to look at them individually and not as a group. That is, what applies to one type of modifier may not apply to all modifiers. However, if we have to discuss adjectives in general, I agree that it is generally a good idea to keep an adjective as close to the noun it modifies as possible. There will always be exceptions though, so we should not look at this as a "rule".

Yesterday, I met a student who had taken the GMAT. ← This is probably the best of the 3.
I met a student yesterday who had taken the GMAT. ← But this one is not wrong.
I met a student who had taken the GMAT yesterday. ← This one seems to say that the student had taken the GMAT yesterday.
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Reared apart from each other, a recent United States study showed striking similarities in identical twins, including many idiosyncrasies of behavior.

(A) Reared apart from each other, a recent United States study showed striking similarities in identical twins, including many idiosyncrasies of behavior.
- Wrong placement of modifier.

(B) Reared apart from each other, striking similarities between identical twins that include many idiosyncrasies of behavior were shown in a recent United States study.
- Same as A above

(C) A recent United States study showed striking similarities in identical twins reared apart from each other that include many idiosyncrasies of behavior.
-wrong use of restrictive "that"

(D) According to a recent United States study, identical twins reared apart from each other showed striking similarities, including many idiosyncrasies of behavior.

(E) According to a recent United States study, identical twins showed striking similarities reared apart from each other, including many idiosyncrasies of behavior.
-Wrong word order. It's identical twins who are reared apart.



This question is all about meaning. If one reads for meaning only D stands.

Ans : D


I agree with this. according to the study, identical twins reared .... etc. makes sense and brings out the true meaning.
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Reared apart from each other, a recent United States study showed striking similarities in identical twins, including many idiosyncrasies of behavior.

(A) Reared apart from each other, a recent United States study showed striking similarities in identical twins, including many idiosyncrasies of behavior.
(B) Reared apart from each other, striking similarities between identical twins that include many idiosyncrasies of behavior were shown in a recent United States study.
(C) A recent United States study showed striking similarities in identical twins reared apart from each other that include many idiosyncrasies of behavior.
(D) According to a recent United States study, identical twins reared apart from each other showed striking similarities, including many idiosyncrasies of behavior.
(E) According to a recent United States study, identical twins showed striking similarities reared apart from each other, including many idiosyncrasies of behavior.

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Easy one to solve. You just need to follow the meaning.
(A) and (B) have a modifier error, as these options indicate the twins that were reared apart from each other, and so their mention should follow the modifying phrase "Reared apart from each other,". In (C), it is not clear whether the twins showed idiosyncrasies in behavior or the study. In (E), the meaning has been changed (it is twins reared apart who showed striking similarities, not twins showing striking similarities who were reared apart, as this option indicates).

Clear (D) it is.
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"Similarities in" suggests similarities within the twins themselves. Technically we say "similarities between" the twins because there are 2 - i.e. they are twins.
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