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Despite its capture of the city of Washington during the War of 1812, the overall military aims of Great Britain were not achieved during the conflict.

A. (A) Despite its capture of the city of Washington during the War of 1812, the overall military aims of Great Britain were not achieved during the conflict.
B. (B) Despite its capture of the city of Washington during the War of 1812, the overall military aims of Great Britain were not achieved as a result of the conflict.
C. (C) Despite its capture of the city of Washington during the War of 1812, Great Britain did not achieve its overall military aims in the conflict.
D. (D) Despite its capturing the city of Washington during the War of 1812, Great Britain did not achieve the overall military aims in the conflict.
E. (E) Despite its capturing the city of Washington during the War of 1812, Great Britain’s military aims were not achieved by the conflict.

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Despite its capture of the city of Washington during the War of 1812, the overall military aims of Great Britain were not achieved during the conflict.

A. (A) Despite its capture of the city of Washington during the War of 1812, the overall military aims of Great Britain were not achieved during the conflict.
B. (B) Despite its capture of the city of Washington during the War of 1812, the overall military aims of Great Britain were not achieved as a result of the conflict.
C. (C) Despite its capture of the city of Washington during the War of 1812, Great Britain did not achieve its overall military aims in the conflict.
D. (D) Despite its capturing the city of Washington during the War of 1812, Great Britain did not achieve the overall military aims in the conflict.
E. (E) Despite its capturing the city of Washington during the War of 1812, Great Britain’s military aims were not achieved by the conflict.


(A) The pronoun its should refer to Great Britain; in this sentence, it refers to the overall military aims of Great Britain

(B) The pronoun its should refer to Great Britain; in this sentence, it refers to the overall military aims of Great Britain

(C) Correct. The pronoun its refers to Great Britain

(D) achieve the overall military aims is unclear

(E) The pronoun its seems to refer to Great Britain’s military aims


Answer: C
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Can someone elaborate on the error in option D?
Is the usage "Despite its capturing the city of Washington" correct? If yes, which one is preferred between this and the one in option ie "Despite its capture of the city of Washington"?
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New post 08 Apr 2018, 09:17
when meaning is same in both options,
Verb/verb+ing form will have preferences over "Preposition+noun" form. In brief, action should get priority over noun.
Option D is incorrect probably because of lack of pronoun reference 'its' in the second part of the sentence.
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Can someone explain why D is wrong?
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Hi @E-gmat,

What is the difference in the meaning between - (C) and (D) ? How does the meaning change with "its overall military aims" and "the overall military aims" ?
Could you please assist on this ?

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Can some one explain why option D is wrong?

The sentence makes sense even without "its" in 2nd part of Option D. First part of Option D seems to be correct anyway.

Then why is Option D wrong??????
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anujasterisk90 wrote:
Can someone elaborate on the error in option D?
Is the usage "Despite its capturing the city of Washington" correct? If yes, which one is preferred between this and the one in option ie "Despite its capture of the city of Washington"?


Hey did you get the answer to your question? If yes, could you please share the answer?
Also, Bunuel daagh GMATNinja and other experts, could you please enlighten us with the difference between C and D before the Great Britain part?
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New post 16 Aug 2019, 08:20
RK007 wrote:
anujasterisk90 wrote:
Can someone elaborate on the error in option D?
Is the usage "Despite its capturing the city of Washington" correct? If yes, which one is preferred between this and the one in option ie "Despite its capture of the city of Washington"?


Hey did you get the answer to your question? If yes, could you please share the answer?
Also, Bunuel daagh GMATNinja and other experts, could you please enlighten us with the difference between C and D before the Great Britain part?


I'll try to help you out.

The difference is MEANING based and that too very subtle.
Let's 1st understand the meaning of the original statement. -
"Despite its capture of the city of Washington during the War of 1812, the overall military aims of Great Britain were not achieved during the conflict."

basically, overall military aims of Great Britain were not achieved during the conflict.
now concentrate on the bold part.

option C states - "Great Britain did not achieve its overall military aims in the conflict."
Which is exactly what the original statement wants to convey. IT's refers back to britan.
Whereas, in D
"Great Britain did not achieve the overall military aims in the conflict."
The absence of IT changes the meaning. HOW ?
Now it is not clear who's military aims did the brits not achieve. Were they the war's aims? washington's? who knows? maybe the queen does...but for now let's just say no one knows and for that reason we can't go with D.

Hope you have a better understanding now.
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