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When they try to arrange a collection to form a history, museum curators, unlike textbook writers, are limited to the works they possess.


A) curators, unlike textbook writers, are limited to the works they

B) curators, unlike textbook writers' limitations, depend on the works they

C) curators are limited to the availability of works, unlike textbook writers, that they

D) curator's limitations restrict them to works that they, unlike textbook writers,

E) curators are limited to the works, which they, unlike textbook writers,
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When they try to arrange a collection to form a history, museum curators, unlike textbook writers, are limited to the works they possess.


A) curators, unlike textbook writers, are limited to the works they

B) curators, unlike textbook writers' limitations, depend on the works they

C) curators are limited to the availability of works, unlike textbook writers, that they

D) curator's limitations restrict them to works that they, unlike textbook writers,

E) curators are limited to the works, which they, unlike textbook writers,


hi subhamgarg91 in ref to your pm,

whenever we use THAT as a relative pronoun, it generally restricts the NOUN we are talking about..
But whenever the removal of THAT does not alter the meaning, THAT can be omitted..
This sentence is one such case..
they possess are also modifying/refering to 'works'..

But if a sentence says-
When they try to arrange a collection to form a history, museum curators, unlike textbook writers, are limited to the works that are validated in the history books.
you cannot drop that here

another example where THAT can be dropped
Mr X said that he was going to the market
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chetan2u wrote:
subhamgarg91 wrote:
When they try to arrange a collection to form a history, museum curators, unlike textbook writers, are limited to the works they possess.


A) curators, unlike textbook writers, are limited to the works they

B) curators, unlike textbook writers' limitations, depend on the works they

C) curators are limited to the availability of works, unlike textbook writers, that they

D) curator's limitations restrict them to works that they, unlike textbook writers,

E) curators are limited to the works, which they, unlike textbook writers,


hi subhamgarg91 in ref to your pm,

whenever we use THAT as a relative pronoun, it generally restricts the NOUN we are talking about..
But whenever the removal of THAT does not alter the meaning, THAT can be omitted..
This sentence is one such case..
they possess are also modifying/refering to 'works'..

But if a sentence says-
When they try to arrange a collection to form a history, museum curators, unlike textbook writers, are limited to the works that are validated in the history books.
you cannot drop that here

another example where THAT can be dropped
Mr X said that he was going to the market


Hi Chetan2u,

Thanks for the explaination.
Can you provide me the link where this rule is explained in detail?
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Can someone explain to me when a pronoun has a clear antecedent and when it doesn't? The rules for pronouns in this regard are very vague to me.

The correct answer uses a pronoun, they, which can refer to textbook writers, or the subject (museum curators). For this reason,I chose the answer E. Although E is not perfect (GMAT standards of brevity and fluency), it does not commit a pronoun error and hence in my eyes is the correct answer.

Can someone please explain
1) why E is incorrect (maybe the which needs to be a that)
2) When they can be used and clearly refer to one antecedent when multiple of them are clearly present. Please do not simply mention that pronouns always refers back to the subject, because I have seen problems where the pronouns actually refer to modifiers and other subjects.
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New post 09 May 2016, 13:12
Answer should be A.

Like to like comparison in A

In E - which they makes the sentence unnecessarily wordy.
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My question still has not been answered. Can anyone provide some insight?
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Can someone explain to me when a pronoun has a clear antecedent and when it doesn't? The rules for pronouns in this regard are very vague to me.

Hi r0ckst4r, pronoun ambiguity should not be a reason to eliminate an option in the first place. In A actually, the pronoun usage is very decent:

- textbook writers is the Noun-subject of one clause
- they is the Pronoun-subject of the other clause

From a pure parallelism/symmetry perspective, a Pronoun-subject of one clause can be considered to refer to Noun-subject of another clause.

Hence, they can be considered to refer to textbook writers.

In any case, GMAT is quite liberal, when it comes to pronoun ambiguity.

r0ckst4r wrote:
why E is incorrect

The intended meaning is that textbook writers have access to an almost unlimited information, while museum curators are limited by the works they possess. So, clearly, textbook writers are at an advantage.

E says: ....curators are limited to the works, which they, unlike textbook writers, they possess.

This is basically suggesting that museum curators possess works that textbook writers don’t! So, option E is actually suggesting as if textbook writers are at some kind of a disadvantage (because they don’t possess those works). Hence, it distorts the meaning.

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r0ckst4r wrote:
Can someone explain to me when a pronoun has a clear antecedent and when it doesn't? The rules for pronouns in this regard are very vague to me.

Hi r0ckst4r, pronoun ambiguity should not be a reason to eliminate an option in the first place. In A actually, the pronoun usage is very decent:

- textbook writers is the Noun-subject of one clause
- they is the Pronoun-subject of the other clause

From a pure parallelism/symmetry perspective, a Pronoun-subject of one clause can be considered to refer to Noun-subject of another clause.

Hence, they can be considered to refer to textbook writers.

In any case, GMAT is quite liberal, when it comes to pronoun ambiguity.

r0ckst4r wrote:
why E is incorrect

The intended meaning is that textbook writers have access to an almost unlimited information, while museum curators are limited by the works they possess. So, clearly, textbook writers are at an advantage.

E says: ....curators are limited to the works, which they, unlike textbook writers, they possess.

This is basically suggesting that museum curators possess works that textbook writers don’t! So, option E is actually suggesting as if textbook writers are at some kind of a disadvantage (because they don’t possess those works). Hence, it distorts the meaning.

p.s. Our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses Pronoun ambiguity, its application and examples in significant detail. If someone is interested, PM me your email-id, I can mail the corresponding section.


Thanks for the explanation! I forgot to check the most important rule - illogical meaning. The meaning of E is completely incorrect. In the end I think the GMAT may be liberal with pronoun references, but the best answer choice is always relative. (Thats what being the best means right?). In this question, they could have referred to textbook writers, but it was strongly implied to refer to the subject given the structure of the sentence. Furthermore, it is clearly the best answer as we can rule our (E) for changing the intended meaning of the sentence.
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