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With the usual display of semi-barbaric pomp, arrangements were made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war, from which few ever returned.

(A) arrangements were made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
(B) Albert made arrangements to engage in the perilous holy war
(C) arrangements are made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
(D) arrangements are to be made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
(E) Albert made arrangements to engage himself in the perilous holy war

why not e


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Originally posted by Shaheensingh17 on 04 Jun 2017, 10:32.
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Q)With the usual display of semi-barbaric pomp, arrangements were made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war, from which few ever returned.
A)arrangements were made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
B)Albert made arrangements to engage in the perilous holy war
C)arrAngements are made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
D)arrangements are to be made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
E)Albert made arrangements to engage himself in the perilous holy war

My queries are , what is the correct answer choice and why. I choosed choice A because 'with the usaual.......' is a prepositional phrase meant to modify arrangements and not Albert. So the phrase should be close to the subject being modified.Correct me
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New post 04 Jun 2017, 11:21
Shaheensingh17 - Will rule out (E) for incorrect use of reflexive pronoun " Himself " (We use reflexive pronouns when the object is doing something to itself.)

Jk8269 - Correct answer is (B) - Option (A) uses passive form ( Which is mostly incorrect on GMAT, when we have other answer choice.. )
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Q)With the usual display of semi-barbaric pomp, arrangements were made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war, from which few ever returned.
A)arrangements were made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
B)Albert made arrangements to engage in the perilous holy war
C)arrAngements are made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
D)arrangements are to be made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
E)Albert made arrangements to engage himself in the perilous holy war

My queries are , what is the correct answer choice and why. I choosed choice A because 'with the usaual.......' is a prepositional phrase meant to modify arrangements and not Albert. So the phrase should be close to the subject being modified.Correct me


Prepositional phrase modifiers (and present participle modifier) may act as a verb modifier or a noun modifier.

I went to the cinema with my sister.
OR
With my sister I went to cinema.
In the above two sentences "with my sister" is a verb modifier referring to "went".

Similarly in option B, the opening prepositional phrase modifier "with the usual display of semi-barbaric pomp" is a verb modifier, not a noun modifier as you understood. It does not modify "arrangements" or "Albert", but the verb "made".

Verb modifiers need not follow the touch rule and hence option B is alright.

Note: In GMAT you would typically not find a sentence just because of voice issue - passive voice is a valid grammatical construction and one cannot eliminate a choice just because it is in passive voice. There would generally be other problems. Hence this question is not a representation of a typical GMAT question.
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@sayatanc2k, Can you please help me..I was confused between B and E...and there is just a difference of the word Himself...
I selected E since it seemed to be more complete.


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abhimahna why not e
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Imo B
A uses passive voice but we prefer active voice.
C uses present tense.
D wordy and awkward.
E unnecessary reflexive pronoun.


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abhimahna why not e


Please look at the explanation given here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/with-the-usu ... l#p1864012

Let me know in case you have any specific questions.
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sayantanc2k wrote:
Jk8269 wrote:
Q)With the usual display of semi-barbaric pomp, arrangements were made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war, from which few ever returned.
A)arrangements were made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
B)Albert made arrangements to engage in the perilous holy war
C)arrAngements are made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
D)arrangements are to be made by Albert to engage in the perilous holy war
E)Albert made arrangements to engage himself in the perilous holy war

My queries are , what is the correct answer choice and why. I choosed choice A because 'with the usaual.......' is a prepositional phrase meant to modify arrangements and not Albert. So the phrase should be close to the subject being modified.Correct me


Prepositional phrase modifiers (and present participle modifier) may act as a verb modifier or a noun modifier.

I went to the cinema with my sister.
OR
With my sister I went to cinema.
In the above two sentences "with my sister" is a verb modifier referring to "went".

Similarly in option B, the opening prepositional phrase modifier "with the usual display of semi-barbaric pomp" is a verb modifier, not a noun modifier as you understood. It does not modify "arrangements" or "Albert", but the verb "made".

Verb modifiers need not follow the touch rule and hence option B is alright.

Note: In GMAT you would typically not find a sentence just because of voice issue - passive voice is a valid grammatical construction and one cannot eliminate a choice just because it is in passive voice. There would generally be other problems. Hence this question is not a representation of a typical GMAT question.



Could you please tell why is Option C wrong?
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