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Scoliosis, a condition when the spine curves abnormally and throws the body out of line, can cause heart and lung problems as well as physical deformity


A. a condition when the spine curves abnormally and throws the body out of line

B. an abnormal curvature of the spine that throws the body out of line

C. a condition of the spine curving abnormally and in which the body is thrown out of line

D. where the body is thrown out of line by an abnormal curvature of the spine

E. a condition of an abnormal curvature of the spine throwing the body out of line

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generis : can you please explain why option B is correct?
Can "that" be used to modify slightly away noun/ noun before prepositional phrase? I thought we can use only "which" not "that".
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ArupRS - While generis is going to help you in detail, I think you should go through this link to understand usage of 'that'. To be precise for your answer, if there is a prepositional phrase in between, we can say that it can modify a slightly far away noun as well. such as in this case 'curvature ' is referred by 'that'. 'of the spine' is the prepositional phrase. we can ignore that.

My personal take is to look into the meaning of the sentence, and usage of that must not stating multiple meanings. if so this usage should be correct.

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generis : can you please explain why option B is correct?
Can "that" be used to modify slightly away noun/ noun before prepositional phrase? I thought we can use only "which" not "that".

ArupRS , yes, "that" can modify a slightly far away noun,
although that scenario is fairly rare on the GMAT.
Your question is good. +1
I suspect that people who avoided option B did so because they, too, had doubts.

You are correct: the word "that" is an essential modifier of curvature.
Yes, that can "jump" over the prepositional phrase to the subject.

The underlined portion is an appositive that defines scoliosis.

• At times, just as "which" does, the word "that" must "jump over" a prepositional phrase

Although the GMAT rarely uses a "that" disconnected from its subject,
this question is a good example of a construction in which it is okay for that to be separated from its noun.

The sentence with B inserted:

Scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine that throws the body out of line, can cause heart and lung problems as well as physical deformity.

We have two vital or essential modifiers of "curvature."
(1) of the spine
(2) that throws the body out of line

The first modifier, the prepositional phrase, cannot be placed in a different position.

..an abnormal of the spine curvature :(

..an abnormal curvature that throws the body out of line of the spine :(

• Takeaway: In cases such as this one, "that" can and does modify a subject that is not right next to the word "that."

We understand that the what throws the body out of line is the abnormal curvature.
"The spine" does not throw the body out of line.

In the blog portion of this article , someone asks a question like yours, here.

HERE is the reply by Mike McGarry.
I like the example that he uses.
Correct: This is a book about kangaroos that I found in the library.
mikemcgarry writes "— in that sentence, it’s very clear I found the book, not the kangaroos, in the library." :)

The structure of this sentence (with option B) is very similar. And correct. :)

Hope that helps.
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Scoliosis, a condition when the spine curves abnormally and throws the body out of line, can cause heart and lung problems as well as physical deformity


A. a condition when the spine curves abnormally and throws the body out of line

B. an abnormal curvature of the spine that throws the body out of line

C. a condition of the spine curving abnormally and in which the body is thrown out of line

D. where the body is thrown out of line by an abnormal curvature of the spine

E. a condition of an abnormal curvature of the spine throwing the body out of line

• Option A: Use "when" as a relative pronoun only for actual time or time periods; a condition or ailment is not a time or time period.
-- to describe a condition, use "in which" instead
-- But do not automatically eliminate answers with a "when" that is not an actual time. Check. Such answers could be a hidden conditional.
-- If it rains, then the grass will get wet. Also correct: When it rains, the grass will get wet.
-- In this case, "when" is not a hidden conditional.
We need to use "in which," thus: . . . a condition in which the spine curves abnormally and throws the body out of line

• Option B: correct

• Option C
-- a condition of the is not correct. (Correct:: condition "in which")
-- Further, if we put aside the "of the" error, a condition of the spine curving abnormally should state
a condition of the spine's curving abnormally . . .
-- A noun or pronoun placed before a gerund is called the "subject" of the gerund.
-- That noun tells what or who is doing the gerund. The subject of the gerund should be in possessive form. (The construction often sounds weird.)
Linus objected to Sally's stealing his blanket, even though she wanted only to wash it.
-- the gerund is curving. The subject of the gerund is the spine (the spine is doing the curving).
- "the spine's curving" is correct

-- Finally, "and in which" makes it seem as if scoliosis has two characteristics that are logically separate from each other.

• Option D: GMAC is strict—where is used only for actual places.

• Option E
-- a condition "of an abnormal curvature of the spine" is not idiomatic and is nonsensical.
-- We can use "condition of" at rare times ("on condition of anonymity"), but the idiomatic construction is "a condition in which" or "a condition that"
-- The condition is not OF an abnormal curvature of the spine.
-- The condition IS an abnormal curvature of the spine.

(Throwing the body out of line, BTW, would be fine as a modifier a little far away from its noun, just as "that" is in option B, if the other part of the sentence weren't wrong.
Any vital modifier can "jump" over a vital prepositional phrase to get to the modifier's subject if meaning is clear and the prepositional phrase cannot be placed differently.)

In correct option B, we have
-- Scoliosis [subject]
-- an abnormal curvature of the spine that throws the body out of line [appositive]
-- can cause problems [verb and object]

Answer B
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Scoliosis, a condition when the spine curves abnormally and throws the body out of line, can cause heart and lung problems as well as physical deformity


A. a condition when the spine curves abnormally and throws the body out of line

B. an abnormal curvature of the spine that throws the body out of line

C. a condition of the spine curving abnormally and in which the body is thrown out of line

D. where the body is thrown out of line by an abnormal curvature of the spine

E. a condition of an abnormal curvature of the spine throwing the body out of line


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When should be used only for references to a time, and where should be used only for references to a place, so (A) and (D) are incorrect. (C) and (E) are wordy and awkward.
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ArupRS wrote:
generis : can you please explain why option B is correct?
Can "that" be used to modify slightly away noun/ noun before prepositional phrase? I thought we can use only "which" not "that".

ArupRS , yes, "that" can modify a slightly far away noun,
although that scenario is fairly rare on the GMAT.
Your question is good. +1
I suspect that people who avoided option B did so because they, too, had doubts.

You are correct: the word "that" is an essential modifier of curvature.
Yes, that can "jump" over the prepositional phrase to the subject.

The underlined portion is an appositive that defines scoliosis.

• At times, just as "which" does, the word "that" must "jump over" a prepositional phrase

Although the GMAT rarely uses a "that" disconnected from its subject,
this question is a good example of a construction in which it is okay for that to be separated from its noun.

The sentence with B inserted:

Scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine that throws the body out of line, can cause heart and lung problems as well as physical deformity.

We have two vital or essential modifiers of "curvature."
(1) of the spine
(2) that throws the body out of line

The first modifier, the prepositional phrase, cannot be placed in a different position.

..an abnormal of the spine curvature :(

..an abnormal curvature that throws the body out of line of the spine :(

• Takeaway: In cases such as this one, "that" can and does modify a subject that is not right next to the word "that."

We understand that the what throws the body out of line is the abnormal curvature.
"The spine" does not throw the body out of line.

In the blog portion of this article , someone asks a question like yours, here.

HERE is the reply by Mike McGarry.
I like the example that he uses.
Correct: This is a book about kangaroos that I found in the library.
mikemcgarry writes "— in that sentence, it’s very clear I found the book, not the kangaroos, in the library." :)

The structure of this sentence (with option B) is very similar. And correct. :)

Hope that helps.


aragonn Thank you so much.
generis : Thank you so much for sharing the link. Indeed, a stupendous post from mikemcgarry. Even more was the discussion that followed.
Although I saw you guys reply, I had to save the reading for the weekend, because to comprehend these articles, quiet contemplation is required.

Thanks,
Arup
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