Source: Official Guide for GMAT Review 2016 Sentence Correction; #121

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Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully

Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, capitalized on her keen observation and love of the natural world.
(A) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives,
(B) In her book illustrations, carefully coordinating them with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(C) In her book illustrations, which she carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter
(D) Carefully coordinated with her narratives, Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations
(E) Beatrix Potter, in her book illustrations, carefully coordinated them with her narratives and

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ZOE ZHUYAN

anyone can explain how to approach this question.

IMO, (A) and (B), comma + -ing, does this modifier modify the preceding clause? I read some thread said "comma+-ing" modifier modifies illustration is illogical, so eliminate, I don't think so.
I have an example,
Coming home from school, I was blown off my bike by the wind

so , for this SC, I think " coordinating" modifies BP,
(D), -ed modifier as initial modifier, any -ed modifier modifies the immediately noun?
(E)I don't know whats wrong.

Please help

Jul 31, 2016 • Comment

Adam

Hi Shu,

According to the modifier touch rule, a modifier coming after a comma should modify the preceding noun or clause.

The only exception to the touch rule is in the case of vital noun modifiers. You can read about this here:

http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/modifiers-on-the-gmat-sentence-correction/

So, in (A) and (B), "carefully coordinating" incorrectly modifies "in her book illustrations."

The same problem occurs in (E). "carefully coordinated" is a misplaced modifier.

Oct 1, 2016 • Reply

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Aug 18, 2015 • Comment

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