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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: SC: Tricky [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 04:59
nope, but for you to understand this even better, provide a grammatical explanation. that will help you
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Re: SC: Tricky [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 06:04
E - the canoe could carry all that weight YET it was easy to guide through tricky rapids. this is the only choice that correctly puts forward what the author is trying to say.
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Re: SC: Tricky [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 06:05
D it is

Canio about 20 feet long.. and so light that.. ||lism
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Re: SC: Tricky [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 07:19
I think it's D too!

The sentence discribes the size 'and' the weight of the canoe!
Baggage needs to be followed by a ',' so it's C or D.
The 'yet' doesn't make sense to me in (C), the 'and' sounds more logical with the construction of the sentence.
=> I would answer D.
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Re: SC: Tricky [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 07:24
Well, the OA is E. But there is something that you guys didn't take into account. First of all, there is a construction that is absolutely important to remember:

noun + linking verb (to be) + noun or adjective

for example:

The girl is beautiful

The girl= noun

is= linking verb

beautiful= adjective


you can also have this construction: The beautiful girl----> but in this example, the adjective comes right before the noun. However, when the adjective comes after the noun and that adjective was meant to describe the noun that is behind the adjective, then the adjective must be linked to the noun with a linking verb such as in my first example.

Now, in our given problem, it is testing the idiomatic expression: so + (adjective) + that + (exaggeration of the first adjective), or:

baggage so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids

our adjective here is "light" and it is obviously trying to describe the noun "canoe." Since this adjective comes after the noun, we need to find an answer choice that would place a linking verb in order to connect the adjective to the noun. And hold and behold, option E is the only answer choice that places the linking verb "was" right between the 2. True, "yet" is also important but I guess you've already taken care of that issue when recognizing the issue that concerns connecting an adjective to the noun with a linking verb.

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Re: SC: Tricky [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 17:29
tarek99 wrote:
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

Please explain your answer.


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We are talking about CANOE and not the Baggage. So A,B, and E are incorrect.
A) not baggage but CAnoe
B) again same mistake as A
C) why contradiction? WHy use "yet"? incorrect.
D) Correct. Talks about CAnoe
E) Makes no sense.

D should be the answer.
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Re: SC: Tricky [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 18:08
This is from OG. Here is OE.

Choice E, the best answer, states that although the canoe could transport cargo of considerable weight, it was
light: a canoe . . . which could carry . . . yet was . . . light.... Here, the conjunction yet is appropriately and
correctly used to link two verb phrases. Choices A and B do not use yet with a verb parallel to could carry and
thus fail to express this contrast. Furthermore, both place adjectival constructions after baggage, illogically
stating that the eight hundred pounds of baggage, rather than the canoe, was light. Choice C supplies yet but
ungrammatically uses the participle being where was is required. Similarly, D omits the necessary verb after
and; and here again, the use of and rather than yet fails to express the contrast.
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Re: SC: Tricky [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2008, 20:26
In my opionion, seem like there needs to be a comma after baggage. I think the second half of the setense shows a contras, so yet should be use.

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(C) baggage, yet being so light
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Re: SC: Tricky [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2008, 09:11
yet shows the contrast between heavy and light so E is right
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