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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2011, 01:19
Being, having and there is passive. A, b, c, d gone. E remains

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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2011, 01:56
i almost got this problem right. However, i found that the punctuation in the answer E was not correct. Shouldn't this opening clause be followed by a comma rather than by a point ?
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2011, 02:19
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The period after war must be a typo. In fact, in the text, the punctuation is not even underlined. Take it as a comma, and you will find E as the best fit.
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Re: sc 1000 . 330 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2011, 02:46
E is good because it avoids the use of "being".
B is the trap here...
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Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 12:47
Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War. Horace Pippin,
a Black American painter, worked by holding the brush in his right hand and guiding its movements with his
left
(A) Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(B) In spite of his right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(C) Because there had been a sniper's bullet during the First World War that crippled his right hand and
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(D) The right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(E) His right hand and arm crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
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Re: Modifer [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 13:59
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Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War. Horace Pippin,
a Black American painter, worked by holding the brush in his right hand and guiding its movements with his
left
(A) Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War - i think we need past tense here instead of having
(B) In spite of his right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War - i am not sure about use of being here. also use of 'because' would have been better than 'inspite of '
(C) Because there had been a sniper's bullet during the First World War that crippled his right hand and
arm - use of past perfect is not right here.
(D) The right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War - again use of 'being' and also 'the right hand and arm'... probably 'his' would have helped.. or something like 'the right hand and arm of horace pippin'... but the entire clause is without 'his'
(E) His right hand and arm crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War - this one is atleast grammatically correct. and is better among all choices, though not best


Good points.

Another way to look at answer (E)--to make yourself feel more comfortable about choosing (E) would be to flip the sentence like so:

"His right hand and arm crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War, Horace Pippin worked by holding the brush..."

to

"Horace Pippin, his right hand and arm crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War, worked by holding the brush...."
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Re: Modifer [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2011, 09:33
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Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War. Horace Pippin,
a Black American painter, worked by holding the brush in his right hand and guiding its movements with his
left
(A) Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War - i think we need past tense here instead of having
(B) In spite of his right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War - i am not sure about use of being here. also use of 'because' would have been better than 'inspite of '
(C) Because there had been a sniper's bullet during the First World War that crippled his right hand and
arm - use of past perfect is not right here.
(D) The right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War - again use of 'being' and also 'the right hand and arm'... probably 'his' would have helped.. or something like 'the right hand and arm of horace pippin'... but the entire clause is without 'his'
(E) His right hand and arm crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War - this one is atleast grammatically correct. and is better among all choices, though not best


Isn't "in spite of" and "because" have different meanings? As far as I understand, because is used in cause and effect relationship and "in spite of" is really "even though". In this case since he already has his right hand injured. Now saying, "He held brush in right hand because he had his right hand injured.." just doesn't sound right.Rather "He held brush in the left hand because he had his right hand injured.." would have been much better. Or "Even though his right hand was injured, he held the brush in right hand guiding the movements from the left" would be correct.

Being is not always wrong if the sentence makes sense. E looks OK but I am not sure if without "even though" or "inspite of", it carries the same meaning.

Please correct me if I am wrong. OA please?

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Re: Modifer [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2011, 11:35
E looks concise but what is wrong with "in spite of"in B
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Re: Modifer [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2011, 16:54
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E looks concise but what is wrong with "in spite of"in B


Actually it is a very simple IDIOM error :
B has the skeleton :
IN SPITE OF [X], [Y]
[X] needs to be parallel to [Y]
his - Horace Pippin
being crippled - worked --->there is an error in parallelism here --- It should be crippled - worked
by... - by....

So the correct form of B would be -
In spite of his right hand and arm crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War, Horace Pippin,
a Black American painter, worked by holding the brush in his right hand and guiding its movements with his
left
[NO BEING]

Now coming to E - it is a modifier.
GMATPill's explanations makes perfect sense and are correct.

For all the MGMAT-SC fans, go to MGMAT-SC - page 237 - Absolute Phrases - It is not an application of this principle. But is shows that you can put (pronoun modifier) before the noun.
That is where I was bumped. I thought this form is incorrect.

To be HONEST - I went with B initially and later realized, E is the correct answer.
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Re: Modifer [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2011, 15:05
I picked E...I was very tempted to pick A until I saw the period before "Horace Pippin"
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Re: Modifer [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2011, 09:28
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Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War. Horace Pippin,
a Black American painter, worked by holding the brush in his right hand and guiding its movements with his
left
(A) Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(B) In spite of his right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(C) Because there had been a sniper's bullet during the First World War that crippled his right hand and
arm
(D) The right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(E) His right hand and arm crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War


+1 for E, after realizing that the period after "war" should be a comma -__-
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Re: Modifer [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2011, 21:23
I went with B.

E seems to be a better choice now. :wink:
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Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2012, 05:20
86. Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War. Horace Pippin,
a Black American painter, worked by holding the brush in his right hand and guiding its movements with his
left
(A) Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(B) In spite of his right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(C) Because there had been a sniper's bullet during the First World War that crippled his right hand and
arm
(D) The right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(E) His right hand and arm crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War

My answer was B.
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Re: practice question [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2012, 09:46
I must admit that I picked A first but managed to find the errors in it later.

Looking at the answer choice the only reason to rule out D could be because of the usage of being. As far as I know being is 99% of the time wrong in GMAT. Experts please shed some light.
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Re: practice question [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2012, 09:47
This has already been discussed. :-0

http://gmatclub.com/forum/sc-85482.html
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Re: sc 1000 . 330 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2012, 12:46
Acc3ss wrote:
In addition to what was said above, in E, the underlined part acts as a modifier supporting the main subject.
Also "being" is suspicious but not always incorect. So keep your eyes openm whenever you see a "being"


I agree that "being" choices are usually incorrect and I went into a GMATprep practice exam with the same notion and I was stumped. Please see attached a question from GMATprep and you will be surprised that the correct answer includes "being".
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Re: Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a snipers [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 17:21
Still confused between B and E..Can anyone help?
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Re: Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a snipers [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 18:41
Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper’s bullet during the First World War, Horace Pippin, a Black American painter, worked by holding the brush in his right hand and guiding its movements with his left.

(B) In spite of his right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper’s bullet during the First World War

Despite (Better, concise)
In spite of (Wordier)

Also, without 'being' the sentence still conveys its meaning clearly.

(E) His right hand and arm crippled by a sniper’s bullet during the First World War,

His refers to Horace Pippin. This whole sentence is modifying Horace Pippin. Correct
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Re: Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a snipers [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 19:25
(E) His right hand and arm crippled by a sniper’s bullet during the First World War,

Doesnt this miss out a helping verb in possessive form?

There should have been a "was"

B- can not be right - as "being" represents a continuous action - as if the action was going on and on
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Re: Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a snipers [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2012, 00:53
Choice E is the correct modifier. Choices contain "being" can be eliminated directly. Choice B and C are wrong, In spite of and because are not the correct modifier.
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