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The failing of the book lies not in a lack of attention to scientific

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The failing of the book lies not in a lack of attention to scientific detail but in the depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones that reduce the credibility of the work.

(A) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones that

(B) fact that it depicts marine world scenes of life and death as having emotional overtones that

(C) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones

(D) depiction of marine world scenes of life and death, which have emotional overtones and thus

(E) fact that it depicts scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones

Originally posted by garimavyas on 01 Mar 2011, 02:53.
Last edited by Bunuel on 13 Nov 2018, 02:59, edited 2 times in total.
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the scenes are supposed to have emotions and the marine world is not supposed to have emotions :D.
that i think rules out C
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01 Mar 2011, 03:52
@baten . d is also ruled out for the following cause

'reduce the credibility' should be in main clause and not in subordinate 'which clause'
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01 Mar 2011, 04:14
In A what is 'that' referring to?
By general rule it should modify 'emotional overtones'. But is that logically correct?
I think 'depiction of scenes of X with Y' is reducing the credibility.

How does this look?

the failing of the book lies not in a lack of attention to scientific detail but in the depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones, reducing the credibility of the work.

This too looks awkward i guess.

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01 Mar 2011, 08:50
garimavyas wrote:
the failing of the book lies not in a lack of attention to scientific detail but in the depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones that reduce the credibility of the work.

Just my understanding, could be wrong.

(A) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones that
(B) fact that it depicts marine world scenes of life and death as having emotional overtones that - "fact that it" unnecessary & awkward
(C) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones Here also, "whose" modifies the incorrect part
(D) depiction of marine world scenes of life and death, which have emotional overtones and thus "which" seems to modify life and death which is incorrect
(E) fact that it depicts scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones "fact that it" unnecessary & awkward
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09 Mar 2011, 08:02
A and D are close enough. However, reduce the credibility is restrictive in nature..
Hence, A. Took me 2.3 mins. Hell!
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09 Mar 2011, 12:00
is "that" really referring to "overtones"?
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The failing of the book lies not in a lack of attention to scientific detail but in the depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones that reduce the credibility of the work.

(A) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones that
(B) fact that it depicts marine world scenes of life and death as having emotional overtones that
(C) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones
(D) depiction of marine world scenes of life and death, which have emotional overtones and thus
(E) fact that it depicts scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones

OA soon after few responses!

The sentence looks good as it is. B & E can be elimiated. C & D seem to convey that the scenes have emotional overtones and hence should be eliminated. So IMHO

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20 Dec 2012, 00:09
IMO: A ?

(A) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones that .with emotional overtones is correct usage.
(B) fact that it depicts marine world scenes of life and death as having emotional overtones that Wordy
(C) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones It means emotional overtones reduces the credibility. Actually depiction of such scenes does it.
(D) depiction of marine world scenes of life and death, which have emotional overtones and thus. 'marine world scenes' is not correct usage. It should be scenes of life and deaths in the marine world. Wrong.
(E) fact that it depicts scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtonesWordy
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20 Dec 2012, 06:02
PraPon wrote:
The failing of the book lies not in a lack of attention to scientific detail but in the depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones that reduce the credibility of the work.

(A) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones that
(B) fact that it depicts marine world scenes of life and death as having emotional overtones that
(C) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones
(D) depiction of marine world scenes of life and death, which have emotional overtones and thus
(E) fact that it depicts scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones

OA soon after few responses!

B--fact that it depicts marine world scenes of life and death as having emotional overtones that --Nonsensical (scenes having emotional overtones+verbose (fact that...)
C- depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones --Again the scenes have emotional overtones, doesn't make sense
D-depiction of marine world scenes of life and death, which have emotional overtones and thus --Wrong usage of which
E-- fact that it depicts scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones-- Nonsensical (scenes having emotional overtones+verbose (fact that...)
A--has the correct usage of NOT (----) BUT (---) and preserves the meaning that description of the scenes had emotional overtones and this reduced the credibility.
So IMO A
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03 Nov 2013, 18:00
Hi All,
I interprested the sentence as "the depiction of the scenes was correct in the book but the exaggeration(whose emotional overtones) of the scenes may have made the book loose credibility." hence I chose C.
Whats wrong with this logic & choosing C.
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Hi All,
I interprested the sentence as "the depiction of the scenes was correct in the book but the exaggeration(whose emotional overtones) of the scenes may have made the book loose credibility." hence I chose C.
Whats wrong with this logic & choosing C.

The failing of the book lies not in a lack of attention to scientific detail but in the depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones that reduce the credibility of the work.

Structure:

Not X but Y

Not in a lack of attention to...
But in the depiction of scenes of...

(A) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world with emotional overtones that

Hold onto it!

(B) fact that it depicts marine world scenes of life and death as having emotional overtones that

It's not clear what "it" refers to. Also "the fact" should instigate the AAW (Almost Always Wrong!) trigger inside your brain.

(C) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones

"Whose" refer to "Marine". "Marine emotional overtones" is imprecise.

"emotional overtones" is referring to "depiction of scenes... "

(D) depiction of marine world scenes of life and death, which have emotional overtones and thus

This choice seems to imply that "Life and death" have overtones ... :D

(E) fact that it depicts scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones

same as B
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04 Nov 2013, 20:05
Hi Dolly,
For (C) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones
What you imply is relative pronoun when preceded with a comma will refer to the noun just before(touching) the comma. Is it standard rule.
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Nilabh_s wrote:
Hi Dolly,
For (C) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones
What you imply is relative pronoun when preceded with a comma will refer to the noun just before(touching) the comma. Is it standard rule.

Yes!

"whose" is used in the beginning of a non restrictive clause (clause separated by a comma, providing non essential information). It should be placed next to the noun it modifies.

Margaret Courtney-Clarke has traveled to remote dwellings in the Transvaal to photograph the art of Ndebele women, whose murals are brilliantly colored, their geometrical symmetries embellished with old and new iconography and in a style that varies from woman to woman and house to house.

Whose murals - women's murals

However in the example stated below- "whose" is not placed directly next to the subject but it's clearly modifying the Subject of the sentence (Joachim Raff and Giacomo)

Joachim Raff and Giacomo Meyerbeer are examples of the kind of composer who receives popular acclaim while living, but whose reputation declines after death and never regains its former status - Correct

Note the parallel structure between (who received ... living) and (whose reputation... status)

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04 Nov 2013, 23:04
so whose can modify the subject of the sentence also.Again back to initial discussion

(C) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones

Now the subject in this sentence is "depiction of scenes..."
cant whose modify the above instead of "marine world"
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04 Nov 2013, 23:19
Nilabh_s wrote:
so whose can modify the subject of the sentence also.Again back to initial discussion

(C) depiction of scenes of life and death in the marine world, whose emotional overtones

Now the subject in this sentence is "depiction of scenes..."
cant whose modify the above instead of "marine world"

Check the construction of both the sentences.

"but"in the second example is a parallelism indicator however "whose" is preceded by a comma in the first example.

Another example-

He is my friend who helps me with my studies and whose brother is in my class. "AND" is a parallelism indicator here.

Takeaway-

"whose" after comma will modify the noun before comma.

Hope it's clear now!

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23 Jan 2019, 07:27
Anyone please give OE for this question

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