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In a continuous series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, who is a financial planner, is explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
A. In a continuous series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, who is a financial planner, is explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
B. In a continuing series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, a financial planner, has been explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
C. In a continuing series involving back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, a financial planner, has explained the basics of money by means of simple graphs and diagrams
D. In a continuous series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings a financial planner, Carl Richards, had been explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
E. In a continuing series from back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, a financial planner, was explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
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In a continuous series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, who is a financial planner, is explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
A. In a continuous series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, who is a financial planner, is explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
B. In a continuing series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, a financial planner, has been explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
C. In a continuing series involving back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, a financial planner, has explained the basics of money by means of simple graphs and diagrams
D. In a continuous series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings a financial planner, Carl Richards, had been explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
E. In a continuing series from back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, a financial planner, was explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams

This sentence structure demands present perfect continuous tense. B wins.
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In a continuous series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, who is a financial planner, is explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
A. In a continuous series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, who is a financial planner, is explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
B. In a continuing series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, a financial planner, has been explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
C. In a continuing series involving back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, a financial planner, has explained the basics of money by means of simple graphs and diagrams
D. In a continuous series of back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings a financial planner, Carl Richards, had been explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams
E. In a continuing series from back‐of‐the‐napkin drawings Carl Richards, a financial planner, was explaining the basics of money through simple graphs and diagrams


My answer is B as well.

A is out because "who is a ..." is not required.
C is out because "has explained..." is incorrect.
D is out because "had been explaining" is incorrect.
E is out because "was explaining" is incorrect.

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A is grammatically correct, but B is better for the following reasons:

1. Concision: "who is" are two extra words to convey the same meaning.
2. Tense: The series has started some time ago and is still continuing. Hence present perfect rather then present continuous is better. (though the meaning that the explanation is happening right now is not quite wrong either).

In the real GMAT, you may probably expect to get more severe errors in the wrong options.
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Why not a? I think this question is not a proper one! There is no problem with who is a ...

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A is grammatically correct, but B is better for the following reasons:

1. Concision: "who is" are two extra words to convey the same meaning.
2. Tense: The series has started some time ago and is still continuing. Hence present perfect rather then present continuous is better. (though the meaning that the explanation is happening right now is not quite wrong either).

In the real GMAT, you may probably expect to get more severe errors in the wrong options.






hi,
what is the problem with option C ?
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A is grammatically correct, but B is better for the following reasons:

1. Concision: "who is" are two extra words to convey the same meaning.
2. Tense: The series has started some time ago and is still continuing. Hence present perfect rather then present continuous is better. (though the meaning that the explanation is happening right now is not quite wrong either).

In the real GMAT, you may probably expect to get more severe errors in the wrong options.






hi,
what is the problem with option C ?
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Wrong tense - because the series is continuing, present perfect is wrong tense to use.
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Aren't we missing a comma before Carl Richards in the correct answer?
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Why not a? I think this question is not a proper one! There is no problem with who is a ...

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A is grammatically correct, but B is better for the following reasons:

1. Concision: "who is" are two extra words to convey the same meaning.
2. Tense: The series has started some time ago and is still continuing. Hence present perfect rather then present continuous is better. (though the meaning that the explanation is happening right now is not quite wrong either).

In the real GMAT, you may probably expect to get more severe errors in the wrong options.




Along with those difference there is a subtle meaning problem for A
continuous series : Implies series is going on without interruption ( imagine a marathon series without breaks)

Continuing series : Implies this is a series which is still going on. This is what we want.

Subtle difference.
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Aren't we missing a comma before Carl Richards in the correct answer?


A long introductory prepositional phrase is generally followed by a comma, whereas a short one is not. There are debates as to what is considered long. Seven-words phrase, in my view, should be considered long and hence there should have been a comma before Carl Richards.
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