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rss GMAT Practice Question (One of Hundreds)
In 1995 Quebec officials discussed the possibility of the province leaving Canada and becoming a separate country.
Correct Answer: A
Carefully look at each modifying phrase and determine which word it should be modifying. Remember that a participial phrase found in the middle of a sentence modifies the word that immediately precedes it.

The sentence is correct as is because it is clear that the officials are discussing the possibility of Quebec leaving Canada and not leaving Canada themselves. This sentence also makes clear the fact that Quebec will become a separate country after leaving Canada.

  1. This sentence avoids confusion about the subject of the verbs leaving and becoming.
  2. This option creates confusion. Officials appears to be the subject of the verbs leaving and becoming.
  3. In this option, the participial phrase becoming a separate country incorrectly modifies Canada.
  4. This option creates confusion. Officials appears to be the subject of the verbs leaving and becoming. The participial phrase becoming a separate country also incorrectly modifies Canada.
  5. This option creates confusion. Officials appears to the subject of the verb leaving.