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Sold over the counter at the turn of the century, the government now prohibits the sale of cocaine derivatives.


Sold over the counter at the turn of the century
While sold over the counter at the turn of the century
Being sold over the counter at the turn of the century
Although they were selling them over the counter at the turn of the century
Although they were sold over the counter atthe turn of the century

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Will go with D
that option uses the Modifier correctly
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a,b and c wrongly modify the government ...
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Will go with D
that option uses the Modifier correctly


In D : "they were selling them...." here "they" wrongly refers to the government which is incorrect.

E for me.
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Sold over the counter at the turn of the century, the government now prohibits the sale of cocaine derivatives.


Sold over the counter at the turn of the century incorrect use of prepositional phrase "Sold over the counter at the turn of the century" incorrectly modifying "the government"
While sold over the counter at the turn of the century - "while" shuld be used to indicate two activities in in parallel
Being sold over the counter at the turn of the century
Although they were selling them over the counter at the turn of the century
Although they were sold over the counter atthe turn of the century correct. "they" correctly refers to cocaine derivatives

which one is correct and why ??


IMO E.

One thing to note - the first part of the sentence is in passive voice but the second part is in active voice. I have not seen such sentence contruction in OG. Though this construction is grammatically correct, I believe GMAT prefers sentences in active voice.

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i think it should be E ,the source is princeton
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Agree it should be E... what is OA
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How option d is wrong and option e right? The pronoun 'they' in (d) refers to government while 'they' in option (e) refers to cocaine.
Since we know that in this type of question, we need to change the phrase to clause so as to have its own subject, and the subject in the dependent clause should point out to the subject of the independent clause.And the subject of the independent clause is 'the government'.

Please help me out with the correct approach to eliminate the options here.
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How option d is wrong and option e right? The pronoun 'they' in (d) refers to government while 'they' in option (e) refers to cocaine.
Since we know that in this type of question, we need to change the phrase to clause so as to have its own subject, and the subject in the dependent clause should point out to the subject of the independent clause.And the subject of the independent clause is 'the government'.

Please help me out with the correct approach to eliminate the options here.


Reread the the question and notice how the government prohibit"s". This makes using they to replace government wrong.
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sacmanitin wrote:
Sold over the counter at the turn of the century, the government now prohibits the sale of cocaine derivatives.


Sold over the counter at the turn of the century
While sold over the counter at the turn of the century
Being sold over the counter at the turn of the century
Although they were selling them over the counter at the turn of the century
Although they were sold over the counter atthe turn of the century

which one is correct and why ??


IMO

A,B and C incorrect modifier
D pronoun error : they were selling them
So E is correct
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swatygi wrote:
How option d is wrong and option e right? The pronoun 'they' in (d) refers to government while 'they' in option (e) refers to cocaine.
Since we know that in this type of question, we need to change the phrase to clause so as to have its own subject, and the subject in the dependent clause should point out to the subject of the independent clause.And the subject of the independent clause is 'the government'.

Please help me out with the correct approach to eliminate the options here.


Reread the the question and notice how the government prohibit"s". This makes using they to replace government wrong.


Can you please explain me in terms of clauses... this could clear my doubt further on clauses


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