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The North American moose's long legs enable it to move quickly through

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SidJainGMAT wrote:
Hi Verbal Experts (CrackVerbalGMAT/eGmat/GmatNinja/mikemcgarry),

Have a query in option D?
Option D also has a ,+V-ing Modifiew "enabling it ..". That would refer to the subject moose as per the current structure of the sentence. But, I guess as per the meaning of the sentence, it should refer to legs. Hence, I feel the comma before the V-ing modifier must be removed to fix this so that then it will refer to legs.

Is this understanding correct? Please let me know later.

Thanks in advance!



Hello SidJainGMAT,

Yes, your analysis is absolutely correct. The moose does not enable itself to move quickly through the woods. It his longs legs that do so. Hence, use of comma + enabling is incorrect in Choice D.



Hope this helps. :-)
Thanks.
Shraddha



Yes I got it. Thanks a lot for clarifying the same! :)
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SidJainGMAT wrote:
Hi Verbal Experts (CrackVerbalGMAT/eGmat/GmatNinja/mikemcgarry),

Have a query in option D?
Option D also has a ,+V-ing Modifiew "enabling it ..". That would refer to the subject moose as per the current structure of the sentence. But, I guess as per the meaning of the sentence, it should refer to legs. Hence, I feel the comma before the V-ing modifier must be removed to fix this so that then it will refer to legs.

Is this understanding correct? Please let me know later.

Thanks in advance!


In my opinion, the comma before the V-ing modifier is correct, because "enabling" expresses the result of the main clause. According to MANHATTAN, The -ing form can modify an entire clause as above, as long as the entire clause converted into a noun phrase could function as the subject of the verb that is now in -ing form.

"The long legs of moose enable moose(which "it" refers to) to move quickly ... and to step easily ..."

The problem of option D is that "them" can not refer to "moose".
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