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206. Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered $1,000 to do so. (A) Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore (B) When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he (C) Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh (D) Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh (E) Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh [Reveal] Spoiler: OA If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! Senior Manager Joined: 06 Jul 2004 Posts: 473 Location: united states Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 105 [0], given: 0 Re: Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic [#permalink] ### Show Tags 10 Jul 2007, 11:56 sidbidus wrote: 206. Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered$1,000 to do so.

(A) Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore
(B) When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he
(C) Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh
(D) Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh
(E) Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh

Guys, I think D and E make much sense. Other than that D uses being, is there any other error in D?

Also, don't you think E should begin with "being" ?
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01 Oct 2009, 10:55
wats the OA even B sounds sweet

guys y B is wrong
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01 Oct 2009, 13:17
OA is E

i think BEING is unnecessarily used and dont u think so this sentence starting with WHEN makes it unclear

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01 Oct 2009, 20:25
My goodness!!! What's wrong with A.
Can someone please explain without just referring it not to be sweet etc?
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My goodness!!! What's wrong with A.
Can someone please explain without just referring it not to be sweet etc?

IMO: In A, 'for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight' is incorrect modifier. It is not descriptive information(non-restrictive).

Charles Lindbergh[strike], for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight,[/strike] was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered $1,000 to do so. It is essential information as it specifies the special case when Charles was reluctant. A implies that Charles was always reluctant, the case which is not true. _________________ Consider kudos for the good post ... My debrief : http://gmatclub.com/forum/journey-670-to-720-q50-v36-long-85083.html Director Joined: 25 Oct 2008 Posts: 608 Location: Kolkata,India Followers: 13 Kudos [?]: 798 [0], given: 100 Re: Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic [#permalink] ### Show Tags 06 Oct 2009, 22:30 riteshbindal wrote: My goodness!!! What's wrong with A. Can someone please explain without just referring it not to be sweet etc? _________________ http://gmatclub.com/forum/countdown-beginshas-ended-85483-40.html#p649902 Manager Joined: 28 Aug 2009 Posts: 84 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 15 [0], given: 0 Re: Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic [#permalink] ### Show Tags 07 Oct 2009, 11:07 1.The construction in E uses "he" and "his" lacks antecedent...is it permissible...? any comments.. 2.Hi sudeep, can u elaborate on concept u mentioned...i am unable to understand it.. 3.Guys.. can someone tell me the correct usage of "being" or when not to use "being"? Senior Manager Joined: 21 Jul 2009 Posts: 366 Schools: LBS, INSEAD, IMD, ISB - Anything with just 1 yr program. Followers: 18 Kudos [?]: 164 [9] , given: 22 Re: Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic [#permalink] ### Show Tags 07 Oct 2009, 18:49 9 This post received KUDOS 3 This post was BOOKMARKED sidbidus wrote: 206. Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered$1,000 to do so.

(A) Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore
(B) When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he
(C) Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh
(D) Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh
(E) Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh

Rule 1 - being in an answer option is almost always wrong. eliminate the options until you find a better alternative. options B and D can be ruled out.
Rule 2 - Being itself is indicative of the reason, so "was the reason" is redundant. option D can be ruled out completely.
Rule 3 - Same as above reason with "Since, so" combo. option C is ruled out.

Only two remain are A and E. Following Manhattan SC Pronoun referencing error type rules, E is better option.
Examples-
Wrong: While coming out of the dept store, John's wallet was stolen. (Gives the idea that John's wallet was coming out of the dept store!!)
Correct: While he was coming out of the dept store, John's wallet was stolen. (When subject of the sentence is moved in to the latter part of the phrasing, the initial part necessarily needs a referencing pronoun!!!). E is concise, clear, expressive and short in delivering the idea correctly. A is a good sentence, delivers the idea well and there is no grammatical mistake actually, but E is effective in expressing the same idea. So E scores.

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09 Oct 2009, 11:50
Since E is fine, B is sidelined due to 'being'. Otherwise B also is ok.
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BarneyStinson,

If in a sentence both BEING and BECAUSE are present then what should be the correct one for REASON?

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206. Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered $1,000 to do so. (A) Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore (B) When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he (C) Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh (D) Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh (E) Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh Rule 1 - being in an answer option is almost always wrong. eliminate the options until you find a better alternative. options B and D can be ruled out. Rule 2 - Being itself is indicative of the reason, so "was the reason" is redundant. option D can be ruled out completely. Rule 3 - Same as above reason with "Since, so" combo. option C is ruled out. Only two remain are A and E. Following Manhattan SC Pronoun referencing error type rules, E is better option. Examples- Wrong: While coming out of the dept store, John's wallet was stolen. (Gives the idea that John's wallet was coming out of the dept store!!) Correct: While he was coming out of the dept store, John's wallet was stolen. (When subject of the sentence is moved in to the latter part of the phrasing, the initial part necessarily needs a referencing pronoun!!!). E is concise, clear, expressive and short in delivering the idea correctly. A is a good sentence, delivers the idea well and there is no grammatical mistake actually, but E is effective in expressing the same idea. So E scores. Remember, SC in GMAT is all about optimum style of expression. _________________ Want to improve your CR: http://gmatclub.com/forum/cr-methods-an-approach-to-find-the-best-answers-93146.html Tricky Quant problems: http://gmatclub.com/forum/50-tricky-questions-92834.html Important Grammer Fundamentals: http://gmatclub.com/forum/key-fundamentals-of-grammer-our-crucial-learnings-on-sc-93659.html Manager Joined: 28 Aug 2009 Posts: 196 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 79 [0], given: 1 Re: Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic [#permalink] ### Show Tags 05 May 2010, 01:40 B looks good as long as E is not encountered..E is the shortest and best Intern Joined: 03 Jan 2011 Posts: 21 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 1 Re: Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic [#permalink] ### Show Tags 17 Sep 2011, 10:08 E is the correct answer, nice questions guys. Retired Moderator Status: worked for Kaplan's associates, but now on my own, free and flying Joined: 19 Feb 2007 Posts: 3633 Location: India WE: Education (Education) Followers: 717 Kudos [?]: 5573 [5] , given: 322 Re: Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic [#permalink] ### Show Tags 17 Sep 2011, 19:48 5 This post received KUDOS Choice A in full flow Quote: ‘Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered$1,000 to do so’.

on his plane, he therefore

A has a style error; note two independent sentences being conjugated by a comma making it a run-on
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Choice is between A and E.
In option A, coordinating conjunction for is used wrongly. Moreover he therefore...to do so part of the sentence can stand alone as an independent clause and is joined by a comma, creating a run-on.
Hence option E.
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Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered $1,000 to do so. 1. The function prepositional phrase “for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight” is obscure. It is not clear what is it modifying. It is not placed correctly. 2. Only comma has been used to join two independent clauses. This structure is completely ungrammatical. POE: Choice A: Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore: Incorrect for the reasons discussed above. Choice B: When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he: Incorrect. The syntax of this answer choice is not correct the clauses have not been placed at proper places to convey the meaning clearly. Choice C: Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh: Incorrect. There is no independent clause in the sentence with this choice. Use of “so” is incorrect here. Choice D: Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh: Incorrect. This structure is ungrammatical. If there were a comma instead of “was the reason that”, then the construction would be correct. Choice E: Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh: Correct. “very reluctant” correctly modifies the subject of the Independent clause Charles Lindbergh. Pronoun “he” and “his” also correctly refer to the same subject. Hope this helps. Thanks. 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Being heavily committed to a course of action, especially one that has worked well in the past, is likely to make an executive miss signs of incipient trouble or misinterpret them when they do appear. a similar phenomenon is that "considered as" is considered wrong on many og questions but appears in all 5 choices in a gmatprep question. this means "considered as" is not prefered though is not incorrect. another similar phenomenon is that verbaless clause should be close to the subject. the question 17 og 13 ilustrate this point. but in many other questions, verbaless clause can stand far the subject. what I want to say is PREFERENCE of gmat. mostly gmat test un on meaning problem. But gmat also test un on preference which is ilustrated by the above sentences. pls comment on my thinking. is it wrong? e-GMAT Representative Joined: 02 Nov 2011 Posts: 1996 Followers: 2084 Kudos [?]: 7166 [0], given: 267 Re: Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic [#permalink] ### Show Tags 19 Feb 2013, 09:47 thangvietnam wrote: being as a subject of clause is not prefered on gmat though it is not incorrect. this is ilustrated by the following in gmatprep. in this question, being as subject is acceptable. Being heavily committed to a course of action, especially one that has worked well in the past, is likely to make an executive miss signs of incipient trouble or misinterpret them when they do appear. a similar phenomenon is that "considered as" is considered wrong on many og questions but appears in all 5 choices in a gmatprep question. this means "considered as" is not prefered though is not incorrect. another similar phenomenon is that verbaless clause should be close to the subject. the question 17 og 13 ilustrate this point. but in many other questions, verbaless clause can stand far the subject. what I want to say is PREFERENCE of gmat. mostly gmat test un on meaning problem. But gmat also test un on preference which is ilustrated by the above sentences. pls comment on my thinking. is it wrong? Hi thangvietnam, I agreee that study of official questions do show up some preferences of certain usages. However, as they say and as we see in official questions also that every rule has an exception. Hence, it would not be very adivasable to learn all the rules alongwith all the exceptions. What we must do is that be sure of our subject-matter knowledge, do the needful to understand the intended meaning and the context of thw sentence and apply the grammatical rules or the subject matter knowledge to solve the SC problems. Thanks. 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1. The function prepositional phrase “for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight” is obscure. It is not clear what is it modifying. It is not placed correctly.
2. Only comma has been used to join two independent clauses. This structure is completely ungrammatical.

POE:

Choice A: Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore: Incorrect for the reasons discussed above.

Choice B: When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he: Incorrect. The syntax of this answer choice is not correct the clauses have not been placed at proper places to convey the meaning clearly.

Choice C: Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh: Incorrect. There is no independent clause in the sentence with this choice. Use of “so” is incorrect here.

Choice D: Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh: Incorrect. This structure is ungrammatical. If there were a comma instead of “was the reason that”, then the construction would be correct.

Choice E: Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh: Correct. “very reluctant” correctly modifies the subject of the Independent clause Charles Lindbergh. Pronoun “he” and “his” also correctly refer to the same subject.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

I'm not able to understand clearly why B is incorrect here and E is correct ? Could you please come up with a bit detail analysis of this question by digging deep further ?

Much appreciate your feedback.

P.S : I guess,E doesn't have a sense of the fact that Charles Lindbergh was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane hence refused to carry even a pound of mail....
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206. Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered \$1,000 to do so.

(A) Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore
(B) When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he
(C) Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh
(D) Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh
(E) Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh

dude, here's my take of the above sentence,

option B: mis-placed modifier, this option implies as if the transatlantic flight is very reluctant --> wring choice
option C: since, he was reluctant show redundancy so eleiminated.
option D: Being is alos as same of option D
option A and E:
A is again a misplaced error,
E option is corref
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