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Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives.

A) Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives.

B) Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, who were often his closest friends and relatives.

C) Subjects of Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives, tend to vividly but
disturbingly portrayed.

D) In Egon Schiele's portraits, the subjects, often his closest friends and relatives, tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed.

E) Vividly but disturbingly, the subjects portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits tended to be his closest friends and relatives.
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D is no doubt correct. However, why? Because of one simple reason of using proper word order. The appositive ‘often his closest friends and relatives,’ has to be touching the noun it modifies, namely ‘the subjects’ in this case for forming a proper syntax. In all the choices except D, you will notice the appositive is far removed from its noun and hence they are all wrong. In D, both are next to next.
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Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives.

A) Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives.

B) Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, who were often his closest friends and relatives.

C) Subjects of Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives, tend to vividly but
disturbingly portrayed.

D) In Egon Schiele's portraits, the subjects, often his closest friends and relatives, tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed.

E) Vividly but disturbingly, the subjects portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits tended to be his closest friends and relatives.



Its a question of clarity.

What "often his closest friends and relatives" is trying to modify? "Subjects of Egon Schiele's portraits", "Egon Schiele's portraits", or "the subjects"? Lets get it.

A) Here "often his closest friends and relatives" modifies the whole clause. Wrong....

B) "who" for portraits? Wrong....

C) "often his closest friends and relatives" is modifying the whole phrase "Subjects of Egon Schiele's portraits. Wrong..

D) "often his closest friends and relatives" is modifying "the subjects". Correct.

E) Wrong modifying phrase - "Vividly but disturbingly" for noun "the subjects".

"the portraits" do not tend to be his closest friends and relatives.


So it is D.

Note: A is not a run-on sentence, which is a combination of two independent clauses. A is missing two independent clauses.

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+1 D

B is tempting, but "who..." should be next to "subjects". That would make better that choice.
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As far as I understand appositives, they need not be touching the noun they modify, unless they are very away from the noun as in choice A. But in choice C, appositive is not very far from subject, just one prepositional phrase in between which is needed for meaning. I don't understand why this choice is wrong. I somehow didn't like so many commas in D. What is OA?
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+1 for D.

My understanding is that Noun Modifiers modify the noun closest to them.

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How is D superior to C? Can someone please explain?

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How is D superior to C? Can someone please explain?


without going too far......in this sentence the subject is SUBJECTS not portraits........so the verb TEND must be refer to the first one

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Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives.

A. Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives Portraits can not his often closest friends & relatives- Not Ok, Rejected
B. Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, who were often his closest friends and relatives Who refer to again portraits-Rejected
C. Subjects of Egon Schiele's portraits, Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives, tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed Redundant Egon Schiele repetition-Rejected
D. In Egon Schiele's portraits, the subjects, often his closest friends and relatives, tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed- Nearest correct answer is this but I have his not having indecent noun to refer
E. Vividly but disturbingly, the subjects portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits tended to be his closest friends and relatives - Redundant-

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mrinal2100 wrote:
is A a run on sentence


You can call it a fragment, or a modifier which doesn't make sense:

A) Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives.

The red part tried to describe/modify the noun "portraits"; portraits by themselves can't be friends, the subjects of the portrait can.
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Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives.

A) Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives.

B) Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, who were often his closest friends and relatives.

C) Subjects of Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives, tend to vividly but
disturbingly portrayed.

D) In Egon Schiele's portraits, the subjects, often his closest friends and relatives, tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed.

E) Vividly but disturbingly, the subjects portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits tended to be his closest friends and relatives.



fragment: "tend to vividly but dirtubingly..." in option C is missing "be" after "tend to",this is the only error is see in C,however i dont think you will find these kind of errors in gmat questions
is this the question poster's mistake?

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I went with d as well but i dont understand how "his" can be referred to Schiele since the sentence states Schiele's portraits.

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Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives.

A) Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives.

B) Subjects tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits, who were often his closest friends and relatives.

C) Subjects of Egon Schiele's portraits, often his closest friends and relatives, tend to vividly but
disturbingly portrayed.

D) In Egon Schiele's portraits, the subjects, often his closest friends and relatives, tend to be vividly but disturbingly portrayed.

E) Vividly but disturbingly, the subjects portrayed in Egon Schiele's portraits tended to be his closest friends and relatives.


C vs D...

C. subjects of the portraits are his relatives
D. subjects in the portraits are his relatives

I feel D is better.

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