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## OG 2017 SC

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#### OG 2017 SC

Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:48 am
A professor at the university has taken a sabbatical to research on James Baldwin's books that Baldwin wrote in France while he was living there.

A) on James Baldwin's books that Baldwin wrote in France while he was living there
B) about the books James Baldwin wrote in France
C) into James Baldwin's books written while in France
D) on the books of James Baldwin, written while he lived in France
E) the books James Baldwin wrote while he lived in France

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richachampion wrote:
crackverbal wrote:
It cannot refer to James Baldwin as the word is in the possessive form.
Can you please explain this.
Many writers consider it bad form to use apostrophe -s possessives with pieces of furniture and buildings or inanimate objects in general. Instead of "the desk's edge" (according to many authorities), we should write "the edge of the desk" and instead of "the hotel's windows" we should write "the windows of the hotel." In fact, we would probably avoid the possessive altogether and use the noun as an attributive: "the hotel windows." This rule (if, in fact, it is one) is no longer universally endorsed. We would not say "the radio of that car" instead of "that car's radio" (or the "car radio") and we would not write "the desire of my heart" instead of "my heart's desire." Writing "the edge of the ski" would probably be an improvement over "the ski's edge," however.

For expressions of time and measurement, the possessive is shown with an apostrophe -s: "one dollar's worth," "two dollars' worth," "a hard day's night," "two years' experience," "an evening's entertainment," and "two weeks' notice" (the title of the Hollywood movie nothwithstanding).

I hope this will help you to understand the concept.

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Although "he" is apparently ambiguous, there is a principle stated in Manhattan SC guide as follows:
"Proximity: The pronoun should refer to the closest eligible antecedent."
Nonetheless the guide also makes it clear that this principle is "not absolute".

Now in the subject question options A to D can be eliminated because of wrong idiomatic usage of "research". Option E is the best, although there is a slight ambiguity with the pronoun "he" - this ambiguity can be ignored because of the principle stated above.

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Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:53 pm
richachampion wrote:
crackverbal wrote:
It cannot refer to James Baldwin as the word is in the possessive form.
Can you please explain this.
Many writers consider it bad form to use apostrophe -s possessives with pieces of furniture and buildings or inanimate objects in general. Instead of "the desk's edge" (according to many authorities), we should write "the edge of the desk" and instead of "the hotel's windows" we should write "the windows of the hotel." In fact, we would probably avoid the possessive altogether and use the noun as an attributive: "the hotel windows." This rule (if, in fact, it is one) is no longer universally endorsed. We would not say "the radio of that car" instead of "that car's radio" (or the "car radio") and we would not write "the desire of my heart" instead of "my heart's desire." Writing "the edge of the ski" would probably be an improvement over "the ski's edge," however.

For expressions of time and measurement, the possessive is shown with an apostrophe -s: "one dollar's worth," "two dollars' worth," "a hard day's night," "two years' experience," "an evening's entertainment," and "two weeks' notice" (the title of the Hollywood movie nothwithstanding).

I hope this will help you to understand the concept.

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Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:52 pm
Although "he" is apparently ambiguous, there is a principle stated in Manhattan SC guide as follows:
"Proximity: The pronoun should refer to the closest eligible antecedent."
Nonetheless the guide also makes it clear that this principle is "not absolute".

Now in the subject question options A to D can be eliminated because of wrong idiomatic usage of "research". Option E is the best, although there is a slight ambiguity with the pronoun "he" - this ambiguity can be ignored because of the principle stated above.

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