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# The leading candidate for the student council election claims that he

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The leading candidate for the student council election claims that he will be able to make new rules that will extend lunchtime, make homeroom optional, and otherwise allow students to act as the principal does—ideas that will be used to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity among seniors, and other such benefits .

A. as the principal does—ideas that will be used to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity among seniors, and other such benefits

B. as does the principal, which will be used to bring him more votes, increase his popularity among seniors, and bring other such benefits

C. like the principal, enabling him to have such benefits as bring in more votes and increasing his popularity among seniors

D. like the principal—ideas that will be used to bring the candidate such benefits as more votes and increased popularity among seniors

E. like the principal does, to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity, and other benefits such as these
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22 Aug 2018, 22:44
The leading candidate for the student council election claims that he will be able to make new rules that will extend lunchtime, make homeroom optional, and otherwise allow students to act as the principal does—ideas that will be used to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity among seniors, and other such benefits .

A. as the principal does—ideas that will be used to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity among seniors, and other such benefits
errors
Act like vs act as like is correct as we are comparing two nouns
Pronoun errors- it is not clear what him and his stand for is it the principle or the leading candidate
such as should have been used to give examples in the end

B. as does the principal, which will be used to bring him more votes, increase his popularity among seniors, and bring other such benefits
as is wrong and also the modifier starting with which is wrong, pronoun ambiguity remains

C. like the principal, enabling him to have such benefits as bring in more votes and increasing his popularity among seniors
corrects the idiom acts like but introduces modifier error

D. like the principal—ideas that will be used to bring the candidate such benefits as more votes and increased popularity among seniors
correct . This choice corrects the idiom act like and also clears the ambiguity of pronoun. Correctly uses SUCH AS to introduce examples

E. like the principal does, to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity, and other benefits such as these
creates an error by adding does after like. Awkward construction

D
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04 Nov 2018, 18:30
chetan2u wrote:
The leading candidate for the student council election claims that he will be able to make new rules that will extend lunchtime, make homeroom optional, and otherwise allow students to act as the principal does—ideas that will be used to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity among seniors, and other such benefits .

A. as the principal does—ideas that will be used to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity among seniors, and other such benefits
errors
Act like vs act as like is correct as we are comparing two nouns
Pronoun errors- it is not clear what him and his stand for is it the principle or the leading candidate
such as should have been used to give examples in the end

B. as does the principal, which will be used to bring him more votes, increase his popularity among seniors, and bring other such benefits
as is wrong and also the modifier starting with which is wrong, pronoun ambiguity remains

C. like the principal, enabling him to have such benefits as bring in more votes and increasing his popularity among seniors
corrects the idiom acts like but introduces modifier error

D. like the principal—ideas that will be used to bring the candidate such benefits as more votes and increased popularity among seniors
correct . This choice corrects the idiom act like and also clears the ambiguity of pronoun. Correctly uses SUCH AS to introduce examples

E. like the principal does, to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity, and other benefits such as these
creates an error by adding does after like. Awkward construction

D

Hi Chetan2U
Can you pls elaborate C.
Is it eliminated because of the pronoun ambiguity also.
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The leading candidate for the student council election claims that he  [#permalink]

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04 Nov 2018, 20:17
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AKY13 wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
The leading candidate for the student council election claims that he will be able to make new rules that will extend lunchtime, make homeroom optional, and otherwise allow students to act as the principal does—ideas that will be used to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity among seniors, and other such benefits .

A. as the principal does—ideas that will be used to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity among seniors, and other such benefits
errors
Act like vs act as like is correct as we are comparing two nouns
Pronoun errors- it is not clear what him and his stand for is it the principle or the leading candidate
such as should have been used to give examples in the end

B. as does the principal, which will be used to bring him more votes, increase his popularity among seniors, and bring other such benefits
as is wrong and also the modifier starting with which is wrong, pronoun ambiguity remains

C. like the principal, enabling him to have such benefits as bring in more votes and increasing his popularity among seniors
corrects the idiom acts like but introduces modifier error

D. like the principal—ideas that will be used to bring the candidate such benefits as more votes and increased popularity among seniors
correct . This choice corrects the idiom act like and also clears the ambiguity of pronoun. Correctly uses SUCH AS to introduce examples

E. like the principal does, to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity, and other benefits such as these
creates an error by adding does after like. Awkward construction

D

Hi Chetan2U
Can you pls elaborate C.
Is it eliminated because of the pronoun ambiguity also.

Hey!

Maybe I can help you by putting in my two cents and chetan2u can fill in the missing pieces if you're still unsure.

C. like the principal, enabling him to have such benefits as bring in more votes and increasing his popularity among seniors

You're correct! There is pronoun ambiguity and an incorrect usage of the pronoun - as "him" incorrectly refers to "the principal" (remember it's the leading candidate for student council whose ideas will bring him more votes and popularity, not the principal's).

And of course, as chetan2u mentioned, "enabling" incorrectly modifies the principal instead of the leading candidate.

Note that a pronoun typically refers to the noun it immediately precedes; however, there are some exceptions - refer to GMATNinja 's wonderful video on pronouns for more information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhN_KU1bSKU.

Keep pushing, and happy studying!
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Re: The leading candidate for the student council election claims that he  [#permalink]

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05 Nov 2018, 18:42
Euphor1a wrote:
AKY13 wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
The leading candidate for the student council election claims that he will be able to make new rules that will extend lunchtime, make homeroom optional, and otherwise allow students to act as the principal does—ideas that will be used to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity among seniors, and other such benefits .

A. as the principal does—ideas that will be used to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity among seniors, and other such benefits
errors
Act like vs act as like is correct as we are comparing two nouns
Pronoun errors- it is not clear what him and his stand for is it the principle or the leading candidate
such as should have been used to give examples in the end

B. as does the principal, which will be used to bring him more votes, increase his popularity among seniors, and bring other such benefits
as is wrong and also the modifier starting with which is wrong, pronoun ambiguity remains

C. like the principal, enabling him to have such benefits as bring in more votes and increasing his popularity among seniors
corrects the idiom acts like but introduces modifier error

D. like the principal—ideas that will be used to bring the candidate such benefits as more votes and increased popularity among seniors
correct . This choice corrects the idiom act like and also clears the ambiguity of pronoun. Correctly uses SUCH AS to introduce examples

E. like the principal does, to bring him more votes, increasing his popularity, and other benefits such as these
creates an error by adding does after like. Awkward construction

D

Hi Chetan2U
Can you pls elaborate C.
Is it eliminated because of the pronoun ambiguity also.

Hey!

Maybe I can help you by putting in my two cents and chetan2u can fill in the missing pieces if you're still unsure.

C. like the principal, enabling him to have such benefits as bring in more votes and increasing his popularity among seniors

You're correct! There is pronoun ambiguity and an incorrect usage of the pronoun - as "him" incorrectly refers to "the principal" (remember it's the leading candidate for student council whose ideas will bring him more votes and popularity, not the principal's).

And of course, as chetan2u mentioned, "enabling" incorrectly modifies the principal instead of the leading candidate.

Note that a pronoun typically refers to the noun it immediately precedes; however, there are some exceptions - refer to GMATNinja 's wonderful video on pronouns for more information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhN_KU1bSKU.

Keep pushing, and happy studying!

Hi Euphor1a
Thanks for the response.
"enabling" doesn't seem to be modifying "Principal" since there is a comma between "Principal" & "enabling". "Enabling" must be modifying the "candidate" - subject of the preceding clause.
Since "enabling" is after comma, I asked, can the "him" be still considered ambiguous in referring to "principal" also ?
Re: The leading candidate for the student council election claims that he   [#permalink] 05 Nov 2018, 18:42
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