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The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of

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New post 14 Apr 2019, 22:23
I would like to know why in the option E ,the " proclamation" can be seen as the action of the subject "The Olympic Games"?
Is this sentence---"I remember it by heart" same as the sentence above?

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New post 20 Jun 2019, 07:29
Dear Experts,

I have gone through all the posts in this thread but I have doubt regarding:
"The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states"

How can Olympic games "Help"?
it should be "the organizing of Olympic games helped"

Above point is similar to reasoning provided that for option B: "proclaiming" can not be done by Olympic Games(logical)

Kindly clarify

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Dear Experts,

I have gone through all the posts in this thread but I have doubt regarding:
"The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states"

How can Olympic games "Help"?
it should be "the organizing of Olympic games helped"

Above point is similar to reasoning provided that for option B: "proclaiming" can not be done by Olympic Games(logical)

Kindly clarify

Thanks in advance
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There's no reason to expend any energy attempting to understand if the non-underlined portion is correct. We can't change it!

But for what it's worth, the usage is similar to the following:

    "Basketball helped Kara deal with her despair after baseball season ended."

In this case, the sentence conveys the notion that it was "watching basketball" or "playing basketball" that helped Kara in her time of need, not that the sport itself was taking long therapeutic strolls with Kara. The point here is that "ABSTRACT NOUN DID X" is a fairly common construction in English, but it's rarely a decision point on the GMAT -- and it's absolutely never a problem if it's not underlined. :)

I hope that helps!
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For option B, why can't proclaiming modify the action of helped in the previous clause? Explaining how the Olympic game helped the peace?
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For option B, why can't proclaiming modify the action of helped in the previous clause? Explaining how the Olympic game helped the peace?

Yes, but the agent of proclaiming would continue to be Olympic Games, making option B untenable.

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New post 03 Aug 2019, 06:48
GMATNinja Quoting you from a post on another question, "The easiest way to assess whether a COMMA + VERB-ing construction works is to recognize that the VERB-ing modifier could be performing one of two functions. It could A) be giving you a consequence of the action given in the previous clause or B) giving you context for the action in the previous clause."

It seems to me as if VERB-ing in answer choice B is performing function B. Please correct me if I am wrong here. Also, it would help immensely if you explain why B is wrong. Thank you.
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