## By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize

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### By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize

by gmatdriller » Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:32 pm
By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to agricultural scientist and humanitarian Norman Borlaug, known as the "father of the Green Revolution."

A. By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
B. For his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
C. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, it
D. Through his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
E. As a result of contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize

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by [email protected] » Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:48 pm
By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to agricultural scientist and humanitarian Norman Borlaug, known as the "father of the Green Revolution.

A. By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
B. For his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
C. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, it
D. Through his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
E. As a result of contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize

Starting with the answer choices, C and E are right out. Their structure uses an opening modifier to illogically describe the Nobel Peace Prize. That leaves, A, B, and D, which all start with prepositional phrases.

A--"By contributing..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

B--"For his contributions..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

D. "Through his contributions..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

For me, the best way to choose is to use logic. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded for contributions, not through or by contributions. I would go with B.
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by ziko » Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:35 am
[email protected] wrote:By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to agricultural scientist and humanitarian Norman Borlaug, known as the "father of the Green Revolution.

A. By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
B. For his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
C. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, it
D. Through his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
E. As a result of contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize

Starting with the answer choices, C and E are right out. Their structure uses an opening modifier to illogically describe the Nobel Peace Prize. That leaves, A, B, and D, which all start with prepositional phrases.

A--"By contributing..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

B--"For his contributions..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

D. "Through his contributions..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

For me, the best way to choose is to use logic. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded for contributions, not through or by contributions. I would go with B.
In my opinion there is a problem in this question. Option B is the best but don't you think that there "For his contributions" is modifying that person and there should be Norman Borlaug straight after the comma?

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by neer.king » Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:27 am
IMO... From the given options.. B is the best one, ideally Norman Borlaug should come after the comma.

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by [email protected] » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:37 am
ziko wrote:
[email protected] wrote:By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to agricultural scientist and humanitarian Norman Borlaug, known as the "father of the Green Revolution.

A. By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
B. For his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
C. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, it
D. Through his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
E. As a result of contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize

Starting with the answer choices, C and E are right out. Their structure uses an opening modifier to illogically describe the Nobel Peace Prize. That leaves, A, B, and D, which all start with prepositional phrases.

A--"By contributing..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

B--"For his contributions..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

D. "Through his contributions..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

For me, the best way to choose is to use logic. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded for contributions, not through or by contributions. I would go with B.
In my opinion there is a problem in this question. Option B is the best but don't you think that there "For his contributions" is modifying that person and there should be Norman Borlaug straight after the comma?
I agree that it would be better, but GMAC is pretty good at giving us questions where we're choosing the "least bad" answer instead of a great answer.
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by pritish2301 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:07 am
[email protected] wrote:By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to agricultural scientist and humanitarian Norman Borlaug, known as the "father of the Green Revolution.

A. By contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
B. For his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
C. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, it
D. Through his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize
E. As a result of contributing to humanity, the Nobel Peace Prize

Starting with the answer choices, C and E are right out. Their structure uses an opening modifier to illogically describe the Nobel Peace Prize. That leaves, A, B, and D, which all start with prepositional phrases.

A--"By contributing..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

B--"For his contributions..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

D. "Through his contributions..., the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded..."

For me, the best way to choose is to use logic. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded for contributions, not through or by contributions. I would go with B.
Agree with Bill. Same thought process. B seems to be the answer.
Waiting for the OA.

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by gmatdriller » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:14 am
The OA is B. However, am confused with the introductory modifier
saying
For his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Price was awarded...
Bill can you please shed more explanations on this?

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by GMAT Kolaveri » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:38 am
gmatdriller wrote:The OA is B. However, am confused with the introductory modifier
saying
For his contributions to humanity, the Nobel Peace Price was awarded...
Bill can you please shed more explanations on this?
In this sentence the award is given more importance than the recipient. Hence the construction X(award) was awarded to y. For his contributions to humanity here actually modifies Norman.

There are always exceptions to rules given in the GMAT books.
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