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Rupert Brooke's poetry turned him into a symbol of an entire generation when it reflected patriotically on the experiences of World War I.

A) generation when it reflected patriotically on the experiences of World War I
B) generation in that it reflected patriotically on the experiences of World War I
C) generation, reflecting patriotically on the experiences of World War I
D) generation, for it reflected patriotically on the experiences of World War I --correct
E) generation, which reflected patriotically on World War I experiences

But look at the non-underlined portion. can an objective pronoun refer to possessive noun? I don't think so; only possessive pronoun can refer to possessive noun.
what is the source of question?
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Hello experts , what is wrong with option C. It conveys the same meaning. Also, in OA we have the word IT which can be ambigous. What it reflects to - Poetry or generation?
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Hello experts , what is wrong with option C. It conveys the same meaning. Also, in OA we have the word IT which can be ambigous. What it reflects to - Poetry or generation?


There is no solid reason to eliminate C. Nonetheless "it" in option D is not ambiguous. If a pronoun is the subject of a clause, it unambiguosly refers to the subject (noun) of another clause by virtue of parallelism.

Note the pronoun error in the non-underlined part. An object pronoun (him) cannot refer to a possessive ("Rupert Brooke's") - this seems to be a flawed question.
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rakaisraka wrote:
Hello experts , what is wrong with option C. It conveys the same meaning. Also, in OA we have the word IT which can be ambigous. What it reflects to - Poetry or generation?


There is no solid reason to eliminate C. Nonetheless "it" in option D is not ambiguous. If a pronoun is the subject of a clause, it unambiguosly refers to the subject (noun) of another clause by virtue of parallelism.

Note the pronoun error in the non-underlined part. An object pronoun (him) cannot refer to a possessive ("Rupert Brooke's") - this seems to be a flawed question.


I agree with your explanation. I also got confused when I saw him but no antecedent.

Shouldn't we remove such questions from the forum as these are meant just to confuse us?
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Rupert Brooke's poetry turned him into a symbol of an entire generation when it reflected patriotically on the experiences of World War I.

A) generation when it reflected patriotically on the experiences of World War I - incorrect usage of "when" as the intended meaning is his poetry turned him so because it reflected.. and not when it reflected

B) generation in that it reflected patriotically on the experiences of World War I - incorrect - in that it reflected looks awkward

C) generation, reflecting patriotically on the experiences of World War I - incorrect -> change in meaning => it means when his poetry turned him into a symbol, it reflected patriotically. BUT THIS OPTION 100% GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT

D) generation, for it reflected patriotically on the experiences of World War I - correct - correctly mentions why his peotry turned him so, with " for it reflected patriotically on the experiences of World War I "

E) generation, which reflected patriotically on World War I experiences - incorrect - which incorrectly modifies => generation reflected patriotically

Experts please correct me anytime for any issues you find above

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In B .
generation in that(Generation) it(poetry) ... gives us illogical meaning.
Only D makes sense
Poetry ,reflecting something, did not turned him into symbol/
It turned him into symbol as it reflected something....
D says this subtle difference.
Everything lies in meaning once we eliminate all grammatical errors.

Great question loved it.

Answer must be D
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when must serve to introduce an action performed AT THE SAME MOMENT as another action.
A: Rupert Brooke's poetry turned him into a symbol of an entire generation when it reflected patriotically on the experiences of World War.
Here, the usage of when implies that there was a particular moment when the poetry both TURNED Rupert into a symbol and REFLECTED patriotically on the experiences.
This meaning is illogical: these two actions were not performed simultaneously at a particular moment.
Eliminate A.

To express a STATE-OF-BEING, we typically use forms of to be:
John IS happy.
Mary WAS happy.
The children HAVE BEEN happy.


Generally, in that serves to modify a preceding STATE-OF-BEING, specifying the way in which the preceding STATE-OF-BEING is true.
An OA from GMAC:
Teratomas ARE unusual in that they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone.
Here, the modifier in green serves to specify the way in which teratomas ARE unusual.

B: Rupert Brooke's poetry TURNED him into a symbol of an entire generation in that it reflected patriotically on the experiences of World War I.
Here, the modifier in red seems to refer to turned, a verb that expresses not a state-of-being but an ACTION.
in that cannot serve to modify a preceding action.
Eliminate B.

Generally, COMMA + VERBing must serve to express an action brought about by the preceding action.
C: Rupert Brooke's poetry turned him into a symbol of an entire generation, reflecting patriotically on the experiences of World War I.
Here, the usage of COMMA + reflecting implies that the action in red was brought about by the action in blue.
This sequence is illogical.
Clearly, the red action (reflecting patriotically on the experiences of WWI) brought about the blue action (the poetry turned Rupert into a symbol).
Eliminate C.

E: Rupert Brooke's poetry turned him into a symbol of an entire generation, which reflected patriotically on World War I experiences.
Here, which seems to refer to generation, implying that the GENERATION reflected patriotically.
Not the intended meaning.
The intended meaning of the original sentence is that the POETRY reflected patriotically.
Eliminate E.


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Note the pronoun error in the non-underlined part. An object pronoun (him) cannot refer to a possessive ("Rupert Brooke's") - this seems to be a flawed question.


The GMAT no longer seems to abide by this rule.
The OA to SC805 in the OG18:
Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s success was later overshadowed by that of her husband, among her contemporaries she was considered the better poet.
Here, the referent for she (subject pronoun) is Elizabeth Barrett Browning's (possessive).
Given this OA, we an infer that a possessive may also serve as the referent for an object pronoun.
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