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# VERB-ED Modifier. Confused between the concepts of Manhattan and EGMAT

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VERB-ED Modifier. Confused between the concepts of Manhattan and EGMAT  [#permalink]

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23 May 2015, 09:40
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The houses on Canal Street, of which many had been damaged in the storm, looked abandoned.

As per Manhattan GMAT, this sentence is correct.

But E-GMAT says that verb-ed modifier modifies the preceding noun or the noun phrase. In that case looked is modifying 'the storm' and not 'the houses on Canal Street.

Then how is this sentence correct?

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Re: VERB-ED Modifier. Confused between the concepts of Manhattan and EGMAT  [#permalink]

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23 May 2015, 14:43
It's an exception to the modifier touch rule. Kindly see those articles. According to Manhattan ,any modifier may take some exceptions. But yeah , I would definitely want some e-gmat representative to clarify things a bit more. Did e-gmat miss out on some exceptions to the verb-ed modifier rule ?
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Re: VERB-ED Modifier. Confused between the concepts of Manhattan and EGMAT  [#permalink]

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23 May 2015, 19:20
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'looked' is not a modifier in the sentence. It is the verb. If something is a modifier, you can remove it and still have a grammatically correct sentence. Here, if you delete the word 'looked', you no longer have a verb in the main clause ('damaged' is in the subordinate clause). If you strip away the modifiers, you get the sentence "The houses looked abandoned".

I don't really like the sentence, because I find the modifier beginning with "of which" to be ambiguous, so if that sentence appeared in an SC question, I'd be looking for a better answer.
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Re: VERB-ED Modifier. Confused between the concepts of Manhattan and EGMAT  [#permalink]

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08 May 2017, 02:52
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sonaxi wrote:
The houses on Canal Street, of which many had been damaged in the storm, looked abandoned.

As per Manhattan GMAT, this sentence is correct.

But E-GMAT says that verb-ed modifier modifies the preceding noun or the noun phrase. In that case looked is modifying 'the storm' and not 'the houses on Canal Street.

Then how is this sentence correct?

Looked is not a modifier in the sentence. It is the verb.
Re: VERB-ED Modifier. Confused between the concepts of Manhattan and EGMAT &nbs [#permalink] 08 May 2017, 02:52
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