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# The plot of The Bostonians centers on the rivalry between Olive Chance

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14 Apr 2019, 01:50
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Basil is always a male's name, meaning King and has its root from The Greek. Do we ever doubt Mahadev as a girl's name? Famous names with Basil are Bail Rajapaksa, the Ceylonese politician, and Basil D'Olivera a former South African Cricketer.
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I am afraid that the entire structure has been reversed in your reasoning. Please note that Basil and Olivia remain proper nouns and are not clarifications. It is the 'active feminist' phrase and 'her charming cousin', which are the clarifications or the descriptive modifiers (called the Appositive modifiers).
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14 Apr 2019, 07:09
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I am afraid that the entire structure has been reversed in your reasoning. Please note that Basil and Olivia remain proper nouns and are not clarifications. It is the 'active feminist' phrase and 'her charming cousin', which are the clarifications or the descriptive modifiers (called the Appositive modifiers).

daagh , thanks for your reply. I've re-checked my error log to find out the sources, from which I got at some point this idea.
Found this question: https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-author-h ... 64731.html

After studying this question, I made a note that proper names are essential modifiers, so cannot be set off by commas.
This concepts rules out the choice D (The author, Herman Melville, and the poet, Walt Whitman, are icons) in the referenced question. Won't same rule work for the subjected question as well?
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14 Apr 2019, 11:17
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The "her" in the underlined part, is said to refer to Olivia since Basil is a man, had it been Women's name , would the "her" be case of Pronoun ambiguity ?
No, at least not in this case.

The plot of The Bostonians centers on the rivalry that develops between Olive Chancellor, an active feminist, and Basil Ransom, her charming and cynical cousin...

The her charming and cynical cousin just describes Basil Ransom, and the her does not refer to Basil Ransom. For example:

Irene Joliot-Curie was as famous as Marie Curie, her mother.

Irene Joliot-Curie was as famous as Marie Curie, Irene Joliot-Curie's mother.
Irene Joliot-Curie was as famous as Marie Curie, Marie Curie's mother.
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15 Apr 2019, 11:09
I am still struggling to understand this, but I understand how in the sentence

"Irene Joliot-Curie was as famous as Marie Curie, her mother " where "her mother" modifies Marie curie but the Pronoun refers back to the main subject "Irene Joliot-Curie"

Is this only a purely logical inference or is there any specific grammar rule tied to this that I'm missing, that help cement my understanding of the case.
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