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After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”

(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached

(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching

(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached

(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached

(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached


Please explain your answer because I got this question wrong and need to understand it. i'd really appreciate it! thanks
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2007, 04:23
D

A - past perfect not required.
B - ||ism. reaching and crumpled not parallel
C - Imporper construction of sentence
E - unnecessary use of past perfect.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2007, 07:00
(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached-pronoun he should be closer to Columbus to directly refer to him-Wrong

(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching-Being is always wrong in GMAT

(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached- Use of he is closer to Haiti-Wrong

(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached- No pronoun issue. Use of when with Columbus's show matches

(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached-Pronoun issue with he

D is correct
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After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”

(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached
(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching
(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached
(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached
(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached

A. wordy, no need for "had"
B. being
C. need a conjunction between sentences
D. correct
E. "had" not needed
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Re: SC: Queen Isabella [#permalink] New post 21 May 2008, 01:06
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After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached for a sheet of paper, crumpled it, and said, “It looks like that—beyond the mountains, more mountains.”

(A) After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), which was newly discovered, he had reached

(B) On being asked to describe the new discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti) by Queen Isabella, Admiral Columbus, reaching

(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached

(D) When asked by Queen Isabella to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), Admiral Columbus reached

(E) After Queen Isabella had asked Admiral Columbus to describe the discovery of the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), he had reached


Please explain your answer because I got this question wrong and need to understand it. i'd really appreciate it! thanks


I think C is wrong becuase it unnecessarily implies a sequence of events relationship. Only casue effect is needed.
Can someone clarify this?
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Re: SC: Queen Isabella [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2008, 10:50
Can someone explain with detials why C is wrong.
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Re: SC: Queen Isabella [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2008, 16:16
My attempt to explain why C is wrong:

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(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached


This is a ‘run-on’ sentence, i.e. the sentence without the proper punctuation mark where it should be. Here we have two independent clauses without a conjunction. So, we should rewrite sentence or at least put ‘;’ instead of ‘,’
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Re: SC: Queen Isabella [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2008, 13:22
Go for D...

When referes to the time when the question was asked...others dont seem to go well..
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Re: SC: Queen Isabella [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2009, 11:13
Sunny143 wrote:
Whats the OA?


OA is D.
This is SC # 64.
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Re: SC: Queen Isabella [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2009, 10:45
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My attempt to explain why C is wrong:

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(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached


This is a ‘run-on’ sentence, i.e. the sentence without the proper punctuation mark where it should be. Here we have two independent clauses without a conjunction. So, we should rewrite sentence or at least put ‘;’ instead of ‘,’


So you are saying that comma is not the correct form of punctuation to split independent clauses? I understand that semi colon is better but Is comma a punctuation that will make the sentence a run-on sentence.

In D, What is when asked by Queen modifying? it seems that it is modifying AC but isn't when supposed to used to refer/modify time.
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Re: SC: Queen Isabella [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2010, 12:01
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My attempt to explain why C is wrong:

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(C) Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the newly discovered island of Hispaniola (now Haiti), then he reached


This is a ‘run-on’ sentence, i.e. the sentence without the proper punctuation mark where it should be. Here we have two independent clauses without a conjunction. So, we should rewrite sentence or at least put ‘;’ instead of ‘,’


So you are saying that comma is not the correct form of punctuation to split independent clauses? I understand that semi colon is better but Is comma a punctuation that will make the sentence a run-on sentence.

In D, What is when asked by Queen modifying? it seems that it is modifying AC but isn't when supposed to used to refer/modify time.


Splitting two independent clauses with a comma is incorrect (termed comma splice). If you use a comma to split two independent clauses, a coordinating conjunction (for, nor, so, and, but, yet, or) is needed before the independent clause.
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Re: After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2012, 11:09
There are two actions happening here- First the Queen describing the island and second Admiral reaching out for paper. There are two actions happening in sequence so why don't we need a 'past perfect'?
Can someone explain please?
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Re: After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2012, 01:10
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There are two actions happening here- First the Queen describing the island and second Admiral reaching out for paper. There are two actions happening in sequence so why don't we need a 'past perfect'?
Can someone explain please?


There are other clues in the sentence that set the sequence of events; therefore, the past perfect is not required.

Anyway, the past perfect placement is wrong. The action denoted by past perfect is happening after the queen asked. There is another wordiness in the sentence i.e. the island, which was newly discovered. You can move the predicate adjective "newly discovered" to the front of island and convert it into adjective.

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Re: After Queen Isabella asked Admiral Columbus to describe the [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2012, 02:16
I reached D as well.

The Admiral is the subject of the sentence. He is reacting to something asked of him, and choice D properly conveys that.

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