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The last years of Booker T. Washington, regarded to be the most influential Black leader of his time, were devoted to building a political power base that extended far beyond the confines of Tuskegee institute.

A. The last years of Booker T. Washington, regarded to be the most influential Black leader of his time, were devoted
B. Regarded to be the most influential Black leader of his time, Booker T. Washington's last years were devoted
C. Booker T.Washington, being regarded the most influential Black leader of his time, devoted his last years
D. Being regarded as the most influential Black leader of his time, Booker T.Washington had devoted his last years
E. Booker T. Washington, regarded as the most influential Black leader of his time, devoted his last years
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I think it's B.
C, D, E could be eliminated because of their respective last words "last years", which couldn't be followed by to building. Instead, it should have been "to build". Now among A & B, in option B "devoted" which is addressed for last years is more close. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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Being regarded or regarded to be are wrong.So E is correct.
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Regarded as is correct. Hence D or E.

D uses incorrect tense.

Hence E.

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imo E
regarded as

A- regarded to be
B modifier modifies years instead of Booker
C,D- being regarded
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styxnexus wrote:
I think it's B.
C, D, E could be eliminated because of their respective last words "last years", which couldn't be followed by to building. Instead, it should have been "to build". Now among A & B, in option B "devoted" which is addressed for last years is more close. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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Hello styxnexus,

I am afraid Choice B is not the correct answer.

Choice B begins with the modifier Regarded to be the most influential Black leader of his time. Logically, this modifier must modify. But this entity does not exist in the sentence.

Since the subject in Choice B is Booker T. Washington's last years, the opening verb-ed modifier illogically modifies last years.


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Also, A,B are wrong because 'Washington's years' cannot be regarded as 'a Black leader.' Wrong modifier.
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megakee9 wrote:
Also, A,B are wrong because 'Washington's years' cannot be regarded as 'a Black leader.' Wrong modifier.



Hello megakee9,

Your analysis tells me that you think that in Choice A, regarded to be the most influential Black leader of his time refers to The last years.

I am afraid that is not the case. In Choice A, the noun modifier regarded to be the most influential Black leader of his time modifies the immediate preceding noun Booker T. Washington.

Following is another correct official sentence in which a similar noun modifier modifies the immediate preceding noun:

The exploits of Nellie Bly, a pioneer journalist, included circling the globe faster than Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg.

In the above-mentioned correct sentence, the noun modifier a pioneer journalist correctly modifies the immediate preceding noun Nellie Bly and not The exploits because that modification is not logical.

Same is the case with the official sentence in question. It does not make sense for the noun modifier regarded to be... to modify The last years.


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A. The last years of Booker T. Washington, regarded to be the most influential Black leader of his time, were devoted - "as?"
B. Regarded to be the most influential Black leader of his time, Booker T. Washington's last years were devoted - wrong modifier
C. Booker T.Washington, being regarded the most influential Black leader of his time, devoted his last years - "as?"
D. Being regarded as the most influential Black leader of his time, Booker T.Washington had devoted his last years - incorrect tense
E. Booker T. Washington, regarded as the most influential Black leader of his time, devoted his last years


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styxnexus wrote:
I think it's B.
C, D, E could be eliminated because of their respective last words "last years", which couldn't be followed by to building. Instead, it should have been "to build". Now among A & B, in option B "devoted" which is addressed for last years is more close. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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A modifier cannot modify a possesive noun. In B it says [ modifier, modified noun's last year's] B is modifying last year not WASHINGTON.

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megakee9 wrote:
Also, A,B are wrong because 'Washington's years' cannot be regarded as 'a Black leader.' Wrong modifier.



Hello megakee9,

Your analysis tells me that you think that in Choice A, regarded to be the most influential Black leader of his time refers to The last years.

I am afraid that is not the case. In Choice A, the noun modifier regarded to be the most influential Black leader of his time modifies the immediate preceding noun Booker T. Washington.

Following is another correct official sentence in which a similar noun modifier modifies the immediate preceding noun:

The exploits of Nellie Bly, a pioneer journalist, included circling the globe faster than Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg.

In the above-mentioned correct sentence, the noun modifier a pioneer journalist correctly modifies the immediate preceding noun Nellie Bly and not The exploits because that modification is not logical.

Same is the case with the official sentence in question. It does not make sense for the noun modifier regarded to be... to modify The last years.


Hope this helps. :-)
Thanks.
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Hello Shraddha mam,
My doubt is - isn't the noun itself a modifier? I mean isn't the noun Nellie providing more information about the entity exploits. Then how can a modifier modify another modifier? If it can please enlighten me.

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