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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
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Re: sc 1000 . 330 [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2009, 18:59
Having ---something --- Being crippled is wrong

having being ... seems wrong...

Also "Being" is always suspicious for GMAT SC.

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Re: sc 1000 . 330 [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2009, 20:20
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"
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Re: sc 1000 . 330 [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 02:02
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my answer is A, but OA E. I cann't realise why. Can u help me?

330. 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


Please, do not put the OA "naked". Let people try without the answer.
If you want to put the OA, please put as an answer to the topic or hide it with colors, ok?
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Re: sc 1000 . 330 [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 03:00
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Being is wrongly used; hence option A,B,D are out.
option C Because....right hand and arm,Horace Pippin, a Black American doesn't make sense...
Option E is an inverted arrengement with His introduced before noun...but still valid

(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

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330. 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

E is a clear winner...

Explanation:
being crippled... is not correct as this signifies that the arm and hand is still crippling and thats not correct.... Hence A,B,D is out.. (also remember GMAT never prefers being but thats not a thumb rule)

Between C and E.... C is too wordy starting with Because there had been .... and also makes little sense.....

Hence E is the right option... with correct verb tense crippled matched to worked in the later part of the sentence...!

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a tough one: a sniper's bullet [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2010, 15:39
Ok guys, this is a tough one:

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

I think that B is the best. Probably, you will tell me that B is wrong because of "being". However, we must remember that sometimes "being" is right, so we cannot automatically eliminate a choice only because of that.

Probably, others will tell me that E is right. However, I think that you need a word (such as In spite of) to make the phrase "his right hand and arm......War," subordinate. Otherwise, "his right hand..." would be the subject of the sentence, a subject that doesn't have a verb and an object. Therefore, it would be wrong.

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GMAT is guiding you in this example. B has "being". being is used for a process.
Thanks for the question :-D

Here is a tip (from Master Sarai :wink: )

TIP: "BEING" IS CORRECT WHEN DESCRIBING A PROCESS. SO IF YOU CAN INSERT "IN THE PROCESS OF" BEFORE THE "BEING" AND WIND UP WITH A SENSIBLE SENTENCE, THE "BEING" IS CORRECT!


(B) In spite of his right hand and arm (is in the process of ) being crippled by a sniper’s bullet during the First World War ---> B means "his right hand and arm" is in the process of being crippled during the First World War- this is not possible unless someone revisits the World War now.

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E works fine here.

The starting modifer is an absolute phrase (His right arm crippled by bullet...) modifying the noun Horace.

All the other choices just seem so wordy... with "there had been" or "being crippled."

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Re: a tough one: a sniper's bullet [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 05:49
Can you pls explain me why A is wrong?
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Re: a tough one: a sniper's bullet [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 06:36
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Can you pls explain me why A is wrong?


in 'A'.. "being crippled"... 'being' is almost always wrong.. in this case, 'being' is also not correct as this signifies that the arm and hand is still crippling which is not correct

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Re: a tough one: a sniper's bullet [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 08:31
I WENT FOR D
Please explain why its wrong?

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Re: a tough one: a sniper's bullet [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 09:12
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Please explain why its wrong?


because of the unnecessary "being." if you can construct a sentence w/o it and still manage to have the same meaning, then it's preferred to leave "being" out.

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Re: a tough one: a sniper's bullet [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 17:27
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E works fine here.

The starting modifer is an absolute phrase (His right arm crippled by bullet...) modifying the noun Horace.

All the other choices just seem so wordy... with "there had been" or "being crippled."


How does this phrase modify the noun Horace? If you don't add a word to show the contrast (i.e. Despite or In spite of); there wouldn't be a logical link between the phrase and the main clause.

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Re: a tough one: a sniper's bullet [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 19:16
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E works fine here.

The starting modifer is an absolute phrase (His right arm crippled by bullet...) modifying the noun Horace.

All the other choices just seem so wordy... with "there had been" or "being crippled."


How does this phrase modify the noun Horace? If you don't add a word to show the contrast (i.e. Despite or In spite of); there wouldn't be a logical link between the phrase and the main clause.

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Sorry, thanks for catching my error. I meant to say that the absolute phrase (an example of a verb modifier) is modifying the clause "Horace worked by X'ing and by Y'ing" not the noun "Horace."

Other examples of absolute phrases:

From MGMAT:
His arm in pain, Guillermo strode out of the building. "His arm in pain" is the absolute phrase (i.e., a noun + noun modifier + no main verb -- an absolute phrase may contain a verbal) that describes how Guillermo strode out.

From http://grammar.about.com/od/basicsenten ... utephr.htm:
Their breaths white in frosty air, the hunters rested for a moment. "Their breaths white in frosty air" describes the clause "hunters rested for a moment."

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Re: a tough one: a sniper's bullet [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 22:31
E works just fine here,

Being -- almost always incorrect on GMAT
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Re: a tough one: a sniper's bullet [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2010, 04:44
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Ok guys, this is a tough one:

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 gut feel is E.
C (because there had been..too long) & D (too long again ) are out straight away.
A - Having doesn't look right.
B - "In spite of" - I think it should be "Despite "
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:wink: It does. I am fan of PP

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E works fine here.

The starting modifer is an absolute phrase (His right arm crippled by bullet...) modifying the noun Horace.

All the other choices just seem so wordy... with "there had been" or "being crippled."


How does this phrase modify the noun Horace? If you don't add a word to show the contrast (i.e. Despite or In spite of); there wouldn't be a logical link between the phrase and the main clause.

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metallicafan wrote:
adalfu wrote:
E works fine here.

The starting modifer is an absolute phrase (His right arm crippled by bullet...) modifying the noun Horace.

All the other choices just seem so wordy... with "there had been" or "being crippled."


How does this phrase modify the noun Horace? If you don't add a word to show the contrast (i.e. Despite or In spite of); there wouldn't be a logical link between the phrase and the main clause.

Please your comments.


Thanks nusmavrik!,...that's what I was looking for!

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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.
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