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The completion in 1925 of the Holland Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and was hailed as the decade’s $48 million engineering masterpiece.

(A) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and
(B) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour, it
(C) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,
(D) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and
(E) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,

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No doubt, C is the best answer among the lot. However, it is somewhat difficult to take the style of writing in all the choices that the tunnel's completion was a masterpiece rather than the tunnel itself.
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I think it is C.

(A) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and
(B) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour, it
(C) Tunnel,linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,
(D) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and
(E) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,

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I think it is C.

(A) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and
(B) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour, it
(C) Tunnel,linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,
(D) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and
(E) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,

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Just adding in E, problem is that "was". this is not connected properly. Also permitting can modify linked as event is of 1925 and this thing is already done.

C is no doubt best answer.
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No doubt, C is the best answer among the lot. However, it is somewhat difficult to take the style of writing in all the choices that the tunnel's completion was a masterpiece rather than the tunnel itself.



Hii Sir ..
In all the choices , the completion of Tunnel is modified but not the tunnel itself . Is it the correct way to do so . Please clarify more . Thank you !!
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No doubt, C is the best answer among the lot. However, it is somewhat difficult to take the style of writing in all the choices that the tunnel's completion was a masterpiece rather than the tunnel itself.


Sir, can you please explain how come comma + verb-ing modifier (linking) has been safely placed after the noun, "tunnel" , and still deemed acceptable?
Isn't a better version would have been if the whole verb-ing modifier phrase were placed before "The completion in 1925....." ?
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Setback, Hi,
Would you please write the actual sentence you have in mind together with the punctuation marks to make things clear?
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Would you please write the actual sentence you have in mind together with the punctuation marks to make things clear?


daagh Sir, I understand that the construction of the sentence, which I was thinking to frame initially, isn't possible since the opening phrase has put the limitation.
But I am surprised that how "completion of X" is treated as a master-piece, firstly.Secondly, what exactly do linking and permitting modify?
There is no action in the opening phrase so they can't modify any action and what seems to be modified is "completion of X" or "X".
Now, since the verb-ing modifiers have come out as the results of the noun phrase "completion of X" , aren't those used incorrectly?

I would have preferred the following construction:

The completion in 1925 of the Holland Tunnel, which linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,was hailed as the decade’s $48 million engineering masterpiece.
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yes. I feel you are right. The tunnel was a masterpiece, not its completion. But remember this is said to be an OG question and the mistake is in the non-underlined part in all of the choices and probably passable. We may wait for the OE to come out.
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The completion in 1925 of the Holland Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and was hailed as the decade’s $48 million engineering masterpiece.

(A) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and --> no verb before and
(B) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour, it --> the completion and it side by side
(C) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour, --> correct
(D) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and
(E) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,
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The completion in 1925 of the Holland Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and was hailed as the decade’s $48 million engineering masterpiece.

(A) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and
(B) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour, it
(C) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,
(D) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and
(E) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,

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1. Using of "which" after "highways" means that the first modifies the second.
"Which" can not modify "The completion in 1925 of the Holland Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways".
(But it has to be so, because it is logical. Completion of tunnel permitted 2000 cars to pass, not the highways)
It meanss, that A and D are out.
(Moreover: "and" after "hour" in A makes the sentence wrong. There is no clause in this case. We must not put "and" here.)

2. The problem same problem (no clause) is in B. Look at the sentence before ", it"
The completion in 1925 of the Holland Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour - there is no verb here - it is wrong.
was hailed as the decade’s $48 million engineering masterpiece - independent clause.
So B is out.

3. E is out too because of the same problem
The completion in 1925 of the Holland Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour was hailed as the decade’s $48 million engineering masterpiece.
"Linked" and then "was hiled" - it is not the sentence. No clause.

4. C is good.
linking, permitting - parallel. No problems with the clause.
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No doubt, C is the best answer among the lot. However, it is somewhat difficult to take the style of writing in all the choices that the tunnel's completion was a masterpiece rather than the tunnel itself.


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Hello Sir,

Does option A has no verb in the "which" part of the sentence? Please clarify.

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Hello Sir,

Isn't c modifying the completion instead of the tunnel itself?
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(A) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and - PARALLELISM ISSUE, Linking and permitted
(B) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour, it - USAGE OF IT is incorrect here. Also Parallelism issue "Linking" "And permitting"
(C) Tunnel,linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour, ting- CORRECT Perfect Parallelism "Linking" and "Permitting"
(D) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and-INCORRECT due to usage of "which" and "and"
(E) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour, - INCORRECT due to parallelism issue "Linked" and "Permitting"
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Yes. The comma + verbing linking is modifying the completion. If the comma were not there before the participle, then it would modify the tunnel.
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Lets see why D and E are INORRECT -


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(D) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and

Notice that in the correct option C we have the two verb-ing modifiers correctly modifying the tunnel. That is, the tunnel links the highways and permits cars to pass through. This makes complete sense and is logical. But in option D we have this meaning distorted. In D the completion itself does the linking and is not logical.
Also notice "which". It is referring to highways. That again is wrong.

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(E) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,

Again here we have the meaning distorted. Its like the completion of the tunnel itself did the linking. Does that make complete sense? Compare it with C and see how precise and unambigous option C is.

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The completion in 1925 of the Holland Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and was hailed as the decade’s $48 million engineering masterpiece.

(A) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and
(B) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour, it
(C) Tunnel, linking Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways and permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,
(D) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, which permitted 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour and
(E) Tunnel linked Manhattan with New Jersey’s highways, permitting 2,000 cars to pass through each tube every hour,
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Hi Expert,

According to modifier rules comma + ing should refer to the preceding clause, here I m assuming it is completion. That case, Is it not better we use verb ed modifier which can modify preceding noun.

I am sure there are other errors such as usage of which in the statement, Given everything else is same and we have to pick just based on ing and ed modifiers, which one do we choose?

How do we figure out if we are talking about tunnel or completion? How do we decide on that?
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No doubt, C is the best answer among the lot. However, it is somewhat difficult to take the style of writing in all the choices that the tunnel's completion was a masterpiece rather than the tunnel itself.

sir i have a doubt in this question i.e. it contains ing modifier with comma that will modify whole previous clause and that wont make sense so we need to modify only tunnel, so how ing modifier is correct here please explains? thanks in advance
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No doubt, C is the best answer among the lot. However, it is somewhat difficult to take the style of writing in all the choices that the tunnel's completion was a masterpiece rather than the tunnel itself.

sir i have a doubt in this question i.e. it contains ing modifier with comma that will modify whole previous clause and that wont make sense so we need to modify only tunnel, so how ing modifier is correct here please explains? thanks in advance


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See this post https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-completion-in-1925-of-the-holland-tunnel-linking-manhattan-with-n-268570.html#p2085657. Setback and daagh (the following post from the link above) mention this issue. I agree with you on the -ing modifier but honestly it's still the best choice of all of them. The others have more glaring errors.
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daagh wrote:
No doubt, C is the best answer among the lot. However, it is somewhat difficult to take the style of writing in all the choices that the tunnel's completion was a masterpiece rather than the tunnel itself.

sir i have a doubt in this question i.e. it contains ing modifier with comma that will modify whole previous clause and that wont make sense so we need to modify only tunnel, so how ing modifier is correct here please explains? thanks in advance


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See this post https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-completion-in-1925-of-the-holland-tunnel-linking-manhattan-with-n-268570.html#p2085657. Setback and daagh (the following post from the link above) mention this issue. I agree with you on the -ing modifier but honestly it's still the best choice of all of them. The others have more glaring errors.


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