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Being a United States citizen since 1988 and born in [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2010, 22:34
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Being a United States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author Bharati Mukherjee has lived in England and Canada, and first came to the United States in 1961 to study at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

(A) Being a United States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author Bharati Mukherjee has
(B) Having been a United States citizen since 1988, she was born in Calcutta in 1940; author Bharati Mukherjee
(C) Born in Calcutta in 1940, author Bharati Mukherjee became a United States citizen in 1988; she has
(D) Being born in Calcutta in 1940 and having been a United States citizen since 1988, author Bharati Mukherjee
(E) Having been born in Calcutta in 1940 and being a United States citizen since 1988, author Bharati Mukherjee
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Re: Verb form; Rhetorical construction [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2010, 23:46
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C for the simple reason it avoids the GMAT-untouchables such as - being, having been, being born, and having been born -and also for expressing things in clear terms. In addition the wrong choices exhibit no logical sense chronology
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Re: Verb form; Rhetorical construction [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2010, 05:22
One more thing about this problem:

When you're offered a split between a simple way of saying something and a complex way of saying the exact same thing, choose the simple way. "Having been born" provides us with no more information than "born," and the sentence gives us no reason to use a more complex phrasing.
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