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Having lost his sight to sustained eyestrain, John Milton [#permalink]
13 Apr 2006, 14:16
22% (01:17) correct
78% (00:25) wrong based on 36 sessions
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Having lost his sight to sustained eyestrain, John Milton nevertheless composed Paradise Lost, considered by many to be the greatest English epic.
A) Having lost his sight to sustained eyestrain
B) With this sight lost to sustained eyestrain
C) Blinded by sustained eyestrain
D) Having been blinded by excessive eyestrain
E) Blinded with sustained eyestrain
After all, blinded is not the same as ‘having lost sight’. ‘Having lost sight’ means that the sight is gone forever. However, ‘blinded’ has multi-facets of meanings. Very often, it means loss of perception or losing one’s balance of mind. It might also allude to a total bias.
Secondly ‘blinded’, as a past participle is tenseless, whereas ‘having lost’ implies that Milton had already lost his sight, when he sat to write Paradise Lost, adding a sensible sequence.
I am afraid C does not carry this intended meaning in full and therefore I would not fall for it, although its grammar is perfect.
However, isn’t meaning now the most indispensable in the new avatar of GMAT?
My take is A.
I am very sure this is no GMAT stuff because GMAT will never tolerate 'consider to be'. (Then does GMAT care for Idioms anymore?)
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