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# Many movies and books today base their characters on Dickens

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Many movies and books today base their characters on Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, as they do Oliver Twist, and Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance, can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
A) Many movies and books today base their characters on Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, as they do Oliver Twist, and Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance, can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
B) Dickens’ characters Ebenezer Scrooge and Oliver Twist are the basis of many characters in today’s movies and books, being reimagined for example in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
C) Dickens’ characters, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, who can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged, and Oliver Twist, are the basis for many characters in today’s movies and books.
D) Dickens’ characters Ebenezer Scrooge and Oliver Twist are the basis for many characters in today’s movies and books, and the 1988 movie Scrooged used Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance.
E) Being used as the basis for many character’s in today’s movies and books is Ebenezer Scrooge, the same as Oliver Twist, for instance in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
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A is wrong as the sentence. The usage of "as they do Oliver Twist" is unclear. Does the sentence imply that the movies and books are based on Oliver Twist or does it mean that the movies and books are based on Scrooge as they are done in liver Twist. Hence, this is wrong
B The usage of "being" is awkward. I would have preferred "and have been" or "and are well know for having been" even though it would suggest that both the characters have been re imagined in the movie Scrooged.
C is correctly frames and conveys the idea that Scrooged had been re imagined in the 1988 movie which we know to be a fact.
D uses and but both parts on either side of and lack parallelism.
E uses "the same as Oliver twist" which is not preferred as it makes the subject of what is same as Oliver Twist unclear. The usage of "character's" is also wrong. "Characters" is the plural form which is the intended usage here.

Hope that makes it clear. Let me know if there are any other doubts.

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Many movies and books today base their characters on Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, as they do Oliver Twist, and Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance, can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
A) Many movies and books today base their characters on Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, as they do Oliver Twist, and Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance, can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
B) Dickens’ characters Ebenezer Scrooge and Oliver Twist are the basis of many characters in today’s movies and books, being reimagined for example in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
C) Dickens’ characters, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, who can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged, and Oliver Twist, are the basis for many characters in today’s movies and books.
D) Dickens’ characters Ebenezer Scrooge and Oliver Twist are the basis for many characters in today’s movies and books, and the 1988 movie Scrooged used Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance.
E) Being used as the basis for many character’s in today’s movies and books is Ebenezer Scrooge, the same as Oliver Twist, for instance in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
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Many movies and books today base their characters on Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, as they do Oliver Twist, and Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance, can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged.

A) Many movies and books today base their characters on Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, as they do Oliver Twist, and Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance, can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged. -- they can refer back to characters or "Many movies and books"
B) Dickens’ characters Ebenezer Scrooge and Oliver Twist are the basis of many characters in today’s movies and books, being reimagined for example in the 1988 movie Scrooged. --- being disaster
C) Dickens’ characters, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, who can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged, and Oliver Twist, are the basis for many characters in today’s movies and books. -- Correct example is stated with "such as" and relative pronoun "who" refer back to "Ebenezer Scrooge" . Use of "are" for plural subject. -- Correct
D) Dickens’ characters Ebenezer Scrooge and Oliver Twist are the basis for many characters in today’s movies and books, and the 1988 movie Scrooged used Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance. -- wordy and construction looks not too good.
E) Being used as the basis for many character’s in today’s movies and books is Ebenezer Scrooge, the same as Oliver Twist, for instance in the 1988 movie Scrooged. -- being disaster
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Many movies and books today base their characters on Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, as they do Oliver Twist, and Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance, can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
A) Many movies and books today base their characters on Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, as they do Oliver Twist, and Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance, can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
B) Dickens’ characters Ebenezer Scrooge and Oliver Twist are the basis of many characters in today’s movies and books, being reimagined for example in the 1988 movie Scrooged.
C) Dickens’ characters, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, who can be seen reimagined in the 1988 movie Scrooged, and Oliver Twist, are the basis for many characters in today’s movies and books.
D) Dickens’ characters Ebenezer Scrooge and Oliver Twist are the basis for many characters in today’s movies and books, and the 1988 movie Scrooged used Ebenezer Scrooge, for instance.
E) Being used as the basis for many character’s in today’s movies and books is Ebenezer Scrooge, the same as Oliver Twist, for instance in the 1988 movie Scrooged.

My take:
1. Read the original sentence for 30-40 sec
2. Now if we notice 'they' -> try replacing the pronoun and see if it makes sense
a. characters do Oliver Twist
b. movies and books do Oliver Twist

These are all awkward construction and does not logically add the meaning .

3. So now we know the error spot. Look for the options
4. C and D looks OK
5. In D... Parallelism issue -> are the basis in 1st part and used in 2 part. Also if we notice movie used is awkward.
So C should be the answer
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25 Dec 2014, 00:18
Option C makes a complete meaningful sentence. use of being is mostly considered wrong in Gmat.
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