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James Cameron, in his movie scenes, meticulously integrating them with his state of the art special effect sequences, banked on his exceptional cinematography skills and understanding of innovative new technologies.

A. James Cameron, in his movie scenes, meticulously integrating them with his state of the art special effects sequences,
B. In his movie scenes, meticulously integrating them with his state of the art special effects sequences, James Cameron
C. In his movie scenes, which he meticulously integrated with his state of the art special effects sequences, James Cameron
D. Meticulously integrated with his state of the art special effects sequences, James Cameron, in his movie scenes
E. James Cameron, in his movie scenes, meticulously integrated them with his state of the art special effect sequences and
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James Cameron, in his movie scenes, meticulously integrating them with his state of the art special effect sequences, banked on his exceptional cinematography skills and understanding of innovative new technologies.

A. James Cameron, in his movie scenes, meticulously integrating them with his state of the art special effects sequences,
B. In his movie scenes, meticulously integrating them with his state of the art special effects sequences, James Cameron
C. In his movie scenes, which he meticulously integrated with his state of the art special effects sequences, James Cameron
D. Meticulously integrated with his state of the art special effects sequences, James Cameron, in his movie scenes
E. James Cameron, in his movie scenes, meticulously integrated them with his state of the art special effect sequences and

This sentence awkwardly presents two phrases intended to modify James Cameron and loses the clarity and logic of the meaning. In the original sentence, these modifiers sound choppy and create too much separation between the subject, James Cameron, and the verb banked. Beginning the sentence with “In his movie scenes” and following that phrase with the relative clause “which he meticulously integrated with his state of the art special effects sequences” allows the subject, James Cameron, to be united with the verb, capitalized, for a stronger main clause.
  1. The participial phrase does not clearly modifies the noun in the preceding phrase; use of the present progressive form of the verb confuses the sequence of time with respect to the past tense of the main verb “banked”.
  2. Phrase meticulously integrating … illogically modifies the noun that immediately precedes it: movie scenes; James Cameron, not the movie scenes, did the coordinating.
  3. Correct. The correct placement of the modifying elements makes this sentence easier to understand; the use of which clearly links the two elements.
  4. This sentence is incorrectly implying that “James Cameron” is “meticulously integrated with his...” i.e. meticulously integrated is modifying “James Cameron”. The correct meaning should imply that “James Cameron” meticulously integrated his movie scenes with....
  5. The participial phrase does not clearly modify movie scenes; the relationships among the parts of the sentence are unclear.

Answer: C
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James Cameron, in his movie scenes, meticulously integrating them with his state of the art special effect sequences, banked on his exceptional cinematography skills and understanding of innovative new technologies.

A. James Cameron, in his movie scenes, meticulously integrating them with his state of the art special effects sequences,
B. In his movie scenes, meticulously integrating them with his state of the art special effects sequences, James Cameron
C. In his movie scenes, which he meticulously integrated with his state of the art special effects sequences, James Cameron
D. Meticulously integrated with his state of the art special effects sequences, James Cameron, in his movie scenes
E. James Cameron, in his movie scenes, meticulously integrated them with his state of the art special effect sequences and


James did two things
1. He relied or depended upon his
    exceptional cinematography skills and
    understanding of innovative new technologies.
2. Depending on his skills, he integrated his movie scenes with special effects.

banked is in past tense. so integration must be a past event and needs to be mentioned as integrated.
A and B can be eliminated by this rule.
D changes the meaning of the sentence as if James is integrated with his art sequences and in his movie scenes modifier is misplaced.
Depending on his skills, he integrated his movie scenes with special effects but conjunction and in option E gives the meaning as if integrating and banking upon skills are two parallel actions thereby deviating the intended meaning.
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The pronoun his doesn't have an antecedent. Hence C option is wrong, E though corrects the mistake

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The pronoun his doesn't have an antecedent. Hence C option is wrong, E though corrects the mistake


"James Cameron" is the unambiguous antecedent of "his" in option C. A pronoun may come before the antecedent - such construction is alright.

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Hi Bunuel and everyone,

I felt uncomfortable with "he" in this part. It seemed to me that it didn't have an antecedent.

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I am confused because I keep asking myself who is "he"?

A better construction shouldn't have James Cameron instead of "he" at the very beggining?

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Hi Bunuel and everyone,

I felt uncomfortable with "he" in this part. It seemed to me that it didn't have an antecedent.

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I am confused because I keep asking myself who is "he"?

A better construction shouldn't have James Cameron instead of "he" at the very beggining?


Option C is alright. It is not very uncommon in GMAT that the pronoun precedes the noun it refers to.

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felippemed wrote:
Hi Bunuel and everyone,

I felt uncomfortable with "he" in this part. It seemed to me that it didn't have an antecedent.

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In his movie scenes, which he


I am confused because I keep asking myself who is "he"?

A better construction shouldn't have James Cameron instead of "he" at the very beggining?


Option C is alright. It is not very uncommon in GMAT that the pronoun precedes the noun it refers to.


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I agree with OA and OE. However I need a small clarification. In option E there are two ANDs.... (i.e. …. effect sequences and banked on …. and understanding of … )

Should that be another reason for E to be incorrect? (I mean other than the OE). Experts, please clarify. I am just trying to seek clarification whether use of multiple ANDs is OKAY in constructions like these.

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