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In Greek theology the supreme being was Esaugetu Emissee (Master of Breath), who dwelt in an upper realm in which the sky was the floor, and who had the power to give and to take away the breath of life.

A. in which the sky was the floor, and who had the power to give and to take
B. where the sky was the floor, having the power to give and to take
C. whose floor was the sky, and who has the power of giving and of taking
D. in which the sky was the floor, with the power of giving and taking
E. whose floor was the sky, having the power to give and take
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In Greek theology the supreme being was Esaugetu Emissee (Master of Breath), who dwelt in an upper realm in which the sky was the floor, and who had the power to give and to take away the breath of life.

A. in which the sky was the floor, and who had the power to give and to take

B. where the sky was the floor, having the power to give and to take

Suggests the upper realm has a place where the sky becomes the floor as opposed to the upper realm being characterised by this quality.

C. whose floor was the sky, and who has the power of giving and of taking

No need of present "has". The sentence is in past.

D. in which the sky was the floor, with the power of giving and taking

the prepo phrase "with the power.." modifies floor giving an illogical meaning

E. whose floor was the sky, having the power to give and take

the sky didn't have the powers in question

Pretty good que. A.

good explanation. A is the best choice because the other answer choices leaves illogical reasoning and more ambiguity.
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In Greek theology the supreme being was Esaugetu Emissee (Master of Breath), who dwelt in an upper realm in which the sky was the floor, and who had the power to give and to take away the breath of life.

A. in which the sky was the floor, and who had the power to give and to take

B. where the sky was the floor, having the power to give and to take

Suggests the upper realm has a place where the sky becomes the floor as opposed to the upper realm being characterised by this quality.

C. whose floor was the sky, and who has the power of giving and of taking

No need of present "has". The sentence is in past.

D. in which the sky was the floor, with the power of giving and taking

the prepo phrase "with the power.." modifies floor giving an illogical meaning

E. whose floor was the sky, having the power to give and take

the sky didn't have the powers in question

Pretty good que. A.

initially i like the "where" part of B, although ",having...."is wrong.
because they talk about dwelling, so it can be considered as place and where can be used. not 100% convinced
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02 Jan 2011, 04:22
A.

upper realm is not a place - so we cannot use "where" . in which sounds more appropriate.
we also need a parallel construction (and who) to define the other things the supreme being could do
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17 Jan 2013, 01:51
could somebody justify the usage of 'had' in A?
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‘Had’ is being used here to mean, possessed, owned, a simple past tense of have. (It is not a past participle used in past perfect tense here.) The whole text is used in past tense and we require a simple past tense once again in the second arm; hence had
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‘Had’ is being used here to mean, possessed, owned, a simple past tense of have. (It is not a past participle used in past perfect tense here.) The whole text is used in past tense and we require a simple past tense once again in the second arm; hence had

Agreed you can really nail down this sentence just with verb tense, 'was the master of breath' must be in line with the power that he 'had' in the past.
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09 Aug 2013, 21:34
younggun044 wrote:

initially i like the "where" part of B, although ",having...."is wrong.
because they talk about dwelling, so it can be considered as place and where can be used. not 100% convinced

can someone please illustrate why the "having..." part is wrong?

and can where be used here?

Basically,in GMAT test, "where" can only be used to modify a specific place.
Words like situation, atomsphere can only be modified by "prep+which".

Can someone justify for "where" here in detail? plz...
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younggun044 wrote:

initially i like the "where" part of B, although ",having...."is wrong.
because they talk about dwelling, so it can be considered as place and where can be used. not 100% convinced

can someone please illustrate why the "having..." part is wrong?

and can where be used here?

Basically,in GMAT test, "where" can only be used to modify a specific place.
Words like situation, atomsphere can only be modified by "prep+which".

Can someone justify for "where" here in detail? plz...

USE OF WHERE is wrong in option B is not correct and your thought is perfectly right.

for having:

having is a verb - ing form...when there is a comma +verb-ing after the clause means:
clause + comma + veb-ing ==>in this case verb-ing modifies the previous clause.
here in option B Clausse is the sky was the floor===>so in this verb-ing modifies this clause which is wrong ..hence this is wrong.

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22 Jan 2014, 19:25
Guys, the answer of this question is D, not A.

In A, there is no object for "to give" because of "to" of "to take"; then the sentence becomes "~ who had the power to give and who had the power to take away the breath of life."

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Use "power to do" when you describe "a right or authority that is given or delegated to a person or body. (police do not have the power to stop and search)"

Use "power of sth" when you describe "the ability to do something or act in a particular way, esp. as a faculty or quality.
(the power of speech)"

In this case, what Esaugetu Emissee had is not "a right or authority" to give and take away the breath of life but "the ability" to give and take away the breath of life.

In addition, "with~" modifies Esaugetu Emissee, since either the floor or the sky can have the power.

Modifier rules
A modifier modifies the closest modificand. Do not confuse with a misplaced modifier. A misplaced modifier also modifies the closest modificand, in this case the modifier and modificand itself makes sense, but the sentence as a whole does not makes sense because the modifier should modify another modificand.

For example,

"A visitor had seen monkeys sleeping on the branches, with arms and legs hanging." -- modified GMAT sentence
In this sentence, "with~" modifies monkeys(more precisely it modifies sleeping, anyway), not the branches nor the visitor, because the branches dose not have arms and because visitors is father than monkeys.

"Jim biked along an old dirt road to get to his house, which cut through the woods." -- Manhattan GMAT example sentence
In this sentence, "which~" modifies the closest modificand "his house" and it is the misplaced modifier because "his house cut through the woods" makes sense, but the sentence as a whole, "an old dirt road" should be modified by "which~".
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In Greek theology the supreme being was Esaugetu Emissee (Master of Breath), who dwelt in an upper realm in which the sky was the floor, and who had the power to give and to take away the breath of life.

A. in which the sky was the floor, and who had the power to give and to take
B. where the sky was the floor, having the power to give and to take
C. whose floor was the sky, and who has the power of giving and of taking
D. in which the sky was the floor, with the power of giving and taking
E. whose floor was the sky, having the power to give and take

Split 1 : (at the start of Underline part) Whose Vs "In which" / "where"
Whose usually refer to people not to place. So whose is not correct. Option C and E are out.
In which and where both are correct in current reference

Lets Do POE for the rest of the option Choices.

A. in which the sky was the floor, and who had the power to give and to take
dwelt in an upper realm in which Sky was the floor - Correct
Esaugetu Emissee had power to give and take - correct parallelism - correct.

B. where the sky was the floor, having the power to give and to take
Incorrect modified - "having". It refer to noun Sky. It should have refer to Esaugetu Emissee logically.

D. in which the sky was the floor, with the power of giving and taking
Incorrect modifier "with the power of giving and taking" fails to modify Esaugetu Emissee
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Just adding my bit:

As easy trick I use to differentiate the usage is: If HAD is followed by a verb or been, then I conclude that Past Perfect is being used.
If HAD is followed by a noun/pronoun, then I conclude that Simple Past is being used.

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‘Had’ is being used here to mean, possessed, owned, a simple past tense of have. (It is not a past participle used in past perfect tense here.) The whole text is used in past tense and we require a simple past tense once again in the second arm; hence had

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