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# V05-33

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Even though surrounded by wild southern winds, local fishermen said that conditions on the sea at the time of the shrimp hunting was acceptable.

A. local fishermen said that conditions on the sea at the time of the shrimp hunting was acceptable.
B. the sea conditions during the shrimp hunting were acceptable according to local fishermen.
C. according to local fishermen, the sea was in acceptable condition during the time of the shrimp hunting.
D. the sea was in acceptable condition during the shrimp hunting, according to local fishermen.
E. local fishermen said that condition on the sea at the time of the shrimp hunting were acceptable.

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Even though surrounded by wild southern winds, local fishermen said that conditions on the sea at the time of the shrimp hunting was acceptable.

A. local fishermen said that conditions on the sea at the time of the shrimp hunting was acceptable.
B. the sea conditions during the shrimp hunting were acceptable according to local fishermen.
C. according to local fishermen, the sea was in acceptable condition during the time of the shrimp hunting.
D. the sea was in acceptable condition during the shrimp hunting, according to local fishermen.
E. local fishermen said that condition on the sea at the time of the shrimp hunting were acceptable.

1. The modifying phrase at the beginning of this sentence should be followed by the noun that the modifier refers to, “the sea.” The sentence suggests that “local fishermen” were surrounded by wild southern winds. Though the meaning may sound logical, it makes more sense for the sea to be surrounded by wild southern winds. However the most apparent grammatical error is that the plural subject "conditions" does not agree with the singular verb "was acceptable."
2. The modifying phrase “Even though surrounded by wild southern winds” at the beginning of this sentence should be followed by the noun the modifier it refers to, “the sea.” Note that in the noun phrase "the sea conditions," the word "sea" acts as an adjective modifying the noun "conditions."
3. The placement of "according to local fishermen" makes it unclear whether the fishermen stated that the sea was “surrounded by wild southern winds” or that "the sea was in acceptable condition." Furthermore, his choice incorrectly uses the redundant phrase “during the time of” instead of “during.”
4. Correct. The modifying phrase “Even though surrounded by wild southern winds” is correctly followed by the noun the modifier refers to, “the sea.” The phrase "according to local fishermen" is placed at the end of the sentence, unambiguously referring to the main clause ("the sea was in acceptable condition").
5. The modifying phrase “Even though surrounded by wild southern winds” at the beginning of this sentence should be followed by the noun the modifier refers to, “the sea.” However, the placement of “local fishermen” could also be grammatically correct. But we can not over look the subject-verb error. This choice also has a subject verb agreement - it incorrectly uses “were” for the singular “condition”. Note that a minor grammatical error could make an otherwise correct answer choice incorrect.

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12 Jul 2016, 19:24
Doesn't the answer strike as, the "sea" was surrounded by the "wild southern winds" rather than the "fishermen"?
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12 Jul 2016, 20:30
winionhi wrote:
Doesn't the answer strike as, the "sea" was surrounded by the "wild southern winds" rather than the "fishermen"?

Yes, your understanding is correct. Please refer to the official explanation, in which your point is discussed.
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12 Jul 2016, 20:39
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winionhi wrote:
Doesn't the answer strike as, the "sea" was surrounded by the "wild southern winds" rather than the "fishermen"?

Yes, your understanding is correct. Please refer to the official explanation, in which your point is discussed.

Isn't that modifying the meaning of the initial statement?
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13 Jul 2016, 20:55
winionhi wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
winionhi wrote:
Doesn't the answer strike as, the "sea" was surrounded by the "wild southern winds" rather than the "fishermen"?

Yes, your understanding is correct. Please refer to the official explanation, in which your point is discussed.

Isn't that modifying the meaning of the initial statement?

Yes, it does, but it is not mandatory that the original meaning is the intended meaning. If there are two possible gramatically correct answers, then go with the meaning that is in line with the original statement (that too if the original meaning is logical). If there is just one gramatically correct statement, then go for it even if it deviates in meaning from the original. GMAC has not mandated that the original sentence always has the intended meaning.
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13 Jul 2016, 21:09
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Yes, it does, but it is not mandatory that the original meaning is the intended meaning. If there are two possible gramatically correct answers, then go with the meaning that is in line with the original statement (that too if the original meaning is logical). If there is just one gramatically correct statement, then go for it even if it deviates in meaning from the original. GMAC has not mandated that the original sentence always has the intended meaning.

Oh. That's something I did not know before. Thanks for that, Sayantan. In this question, I chose to pick an incorrect answer over a grammatically correct one for the only reason that it was in-line with the intended meaning.
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28 Jun 2017, 15:48
I agree with the grammatical error in answer A, however, wouldn't it make more sense that the fisherman would be surrounded by winds instead of the sea? Using that logic I missed that grammatical error.

I guess its one really big storm to surround a sea
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25 Oct 2017, 23:26
I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. "The sea was in acceptable condition" and "the conditions on the sea were acceptable" seem to have two different meanings.
Consider the opposite "The sea was in unacceptable condition" vs. "the condition on the sea were unacceptable". I feel that there is a difference in the meaning. The former has sea as a focus while the latter has conditions of the sea as focus. Based on the way the complete sentence is framed, the conditions of the sea should be the subject.
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24 May 2018, 13:48
I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. The sea cannot be "surrounded" by wild winds. Since the sea continues in all directions and cannot be "surrounded" by wind, the stem implies that it is the local fisherman who are the subject of the passage.
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