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Re: Louis Armstrong [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2011, 04:05
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Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, jazz singer Billie Holiday’s
approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged
freely over the beat, flattened out the melodic contours of tunes, and, in effect,
recomposed songs to suit her range, style, and artistic sensibilities.

A. Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument,
in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened.
B. Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way
to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat,
flattening.
C. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians
played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.
D. Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their
instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening.
E. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians
Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.



Can someone explain to me why the two words I put in bold above (flattened, recomposed) don't need to stay parallel to each other? I thought A was the best choice because flattening, which is found in answers B-D, doesn't match with the tense of recomposed.

In short, this sounds off to me: ...in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening out the melodic contours of tunes, and, in effect, recomposed songs to suit.... If recomposed were recomposing that would make more sense.

It also seems to me that 'the technique of Louis Armstrong' refers to his technique and not Louis Armstrong himself. Therefore, comparing the 'the technique of Louis Armstrong' to 'Billie Holiday's approach to singing' would not be incorrect because they both in one way or another refer to a singing technique.

Also, this is one of my first posts on the forum. I've been lurking for a bit but I've recently begun studying more consistently and so I wanted to begin posting on the forum as well. So, hello to everyone.

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I am bad at explaining but if you read the sentence closely, it starts with - 'Deliberately imitating...', now after the comma we have someone's technique, can a technique imitate something? no, it has to be a person, a person can imitae a technique. That's why A and B are out. IMO D.
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Re: Louis Armstrong [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2011, 11:19
D is the correct answer IMO...between C & D eliminate C because it fails to correct parallelism in the sentence "ranged..and...recomposed"
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Re: Louis Armstrong [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 10:11
my choice was C, but I"have got why I was wrong.thnx to everyone
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Re: Louis Armstrong [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2011, 00:05
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Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, jazz singer Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened out the melodic contours of tunes, and, in effect, recomposed songs to suit her range, style, and artistic sensibilities.

(A) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened
(B) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat, flattening
(C) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening
(D) Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening
(E) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening

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I went with 'E', which is wrong.
'D' makes more sense.
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2012, 04:48
IMO D

a, b out

c wrong use of lke

E parallelism is not maintained.
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2012, 17:01
Between C and D,

C went out due to parallelism. Also like is tricky here, but incorrect due to wrong use of like.

D is parallel and clear (while still pretty wordy.)
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2012, 23:30
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This doesn't strike me as a 700. Here's why - you can eliminate two answers for faulty modification. 'Billy Holiday' needs to come directly after jazz singer (Billie Holiday's approach is not a jazz singer).

Next, more faulty modification. 'ranging freely...' in both (C) and (E) modify 'instruments'. It should be modifying Billy Holiday. And just like that (D).
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 02:10
Economist wrote:
Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, jazz singer Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened out the melodic contours of tunes, and, in effect, recomposed songs to suit her range, style, and artistic sensibilities.

(A) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened
(B) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat, flattening
(C) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening
(D) Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening
(E) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening

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A and B is out because the comparison need to be done with billie holiday. C and E is out because of the usage of the Like. So IMO answer is D.
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2012, 22:04
Eliminate A & B because "Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, Jazz singer Billie Holiday's approach" is incorrect as you have to have Billie Holiday following the technique of Louis Armstrong.

Eliminate C & E because Holiday approached singing is incorrect.

Therefore D.

A good question. Could the OP tell us where he got this question from?
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2012, 10:30
undoubtedly D.

(A) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened
Incorrect: Wrong comparison
(B) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat, flattening
Incorrect: Wrong comparison
(C) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening
Incorrect: Parallelism error--> ranging, flattening no parallel to recomposed
(D) Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening
correct
(E) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening
Incorrect: Parallelism error--> ranging, flattening no parallel to recomposed
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2012, 10:41
Here option C is also using like with a clause "other musicians played instruments"for comparison : Incorrect.
Hence D is correct!!!
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 07 May 2013, 04:09
Economist wrote:
Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, jazz singer Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened out the melodic contours of tunes, and, in effect, recomposed songs to suit her range, style, and artistic sensibilities.

(A) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened
(B) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat, flattening
(C) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening
(D) Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening
(E) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening

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Hi,

I accept all other options have problems..But in option D we have same way that other musicians use their instruments which does not has same meaning as like an instrument as in initial statement..
Shouldn't this be a problem?

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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 07 May 2013, 06:06
Economist wrote:
Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, jazz singer Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened out the melodic contours of tunes, and, in effect, recomposed songs to suit her range, style, and artistic sensibilities.

(A) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened
(B) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat, flattening
(C) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening
(D) Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening
(E) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening

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In option D)
What does flattening modify ? Is it the entire sentence as in "she ranged freely over the beat" ?.
Also according to e-gmat articles, ranging should modify the previous clause (options C & E). I believe that ranging gives extra information about the approach. Can experts clarify ?
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 07 May 2013, 10:22
Another good explanation for C & E being wrong picks is the redundancy: Jazz singer Billie Holiday approached singing ...
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 09 May 2013, 08:11
This sentence is all over the place... that's really all I can say about it - absolute catastrophe. So much tense confusion, so much awkward phrasing...

So in other words, it's a great question!
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 09 May 2013, 16:41
(A) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened - The leading prepositional phrase indicates parallelism; flattened should describe the beat, and not be in similar structure to ranged and..third verb

(B) Billie Holiday’s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat, flattening The leading prepositional phrase indicates parallelism

(C) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening "like" has to compare nouns, never clauses

(D) Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening - good structure and keeps meaning intact. The wordiness is a trick and makes you want to choose another answer

(E) Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening "like" is a parallelism indicator and both nouns must be parallel in structure; additionally, "like" is awkward, and the logic here changes meaning - do other musician's instruments use Billie Holiday's voice as Billie does?
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Re: Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, [#permalink] New post 09 May 2013, 20:25
correct Answer is D but i put B by mistake
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