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From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2010, 00:09
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From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet
wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage
so light
that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.
(A) baggage so light
(B) baggage being so light
(C) baggage, yet being so light
(D) baggage, and so light
(E) baggage yet was so light
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Re: conjunction [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2010, 00:18
Reduce the sentence to
'The Menomini crafted a canoe which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage..'

A & B refer to the weight of the baggage and not that of the canoe.
We can easily eliminate A & B.

Of the remaining, E is the best formed answer.
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Re: conjunction [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 18:27
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Let's take a look at some of the other issues in this question:

"being" --> This word is almost always wrong. There's really no reason to ever use it unless you're referring to an "alien being" or a "human being." The reason is that it simply does not add any value to the sentence. The following two sentences mean the same thing:

"Because I was being so cold, I put on a jacket."
"Because I was cold, I put on a jacket."

This is a simple example, but notice how the question above plays with this exact same concept.

"yet" --> When we use the conjunction "yet" or "but" we're indicating a contrast:

"I love cheese, but I hate cream cheese." --> There's a contrast here, so I'd use "but" or "yet."
"I love pizza, and I love lasagna." --> No contrast here, so we use "and."

Notice how the answer choices here play with your ability to decide whether you need to use "yet" or "and."

Just wanted to take this question a bit further. It's always good to dissect an OG problem in as many ways as you possibly can.
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Re: conjunction [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 21:22
Between C and E, E is correct because the sentence used the word "could" and not "can" which says that it is in past.

Thus, "WAS so light" is the correct usage.

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From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet
wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage
so light
that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.
(A) baggage so light
(B) baggage being so light
(C) baggage, yet being so light
(D) baggage, and so light
(E) baggage yet was so light
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Re: conjunction [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 23:56
agree with BKimball on "being"
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