The old fisherman who had a wooden leg that made an eerie : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
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# The old fisherman who had a wooden leg that made an eerie

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24. The old fisherman who had a wooden leg that made an eerie sound scaring the children with it as he walked.

a) that made an eerie sound scaring the children with it as he walked
b) that made an eerie sound which scaring the children as he walked
c) it made an eerie sound scaring the children when he was walking
d) that it made a scary sound for the children while he walks
e) which made an eerie sound as he walked which scared the children

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I'm confused, the answer seems very awkward Wouldn't it be more logical if we had "scared" instead of "which scared" at the end of the sentence?
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10 Jan 2013, 15:29
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This is an awful problem. Not only is E awkward, but "which" is ambiguous. On top of that, using E does not even form a sentence.

A is incorrect because it is implying that the wooden leg is scaring the children with itself. That makes no sense and is awkward.

B is incorrect because one must say "which scared" or "which is scaring". "Which scaring" is incorrect.

C is incorrect because it is awkward. Also, you cannot form a logical sentence from combing C to the non-underlined portion.

D is incorrect because it is awkward.

Rest assured, no problem like this would ever appear on the GMAT. All of those answer choices should be incorrect.
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10 Jan 2013, 15:41
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This is an awful problem. Not only is E awkward, but "which" is ambiguous. On top of that, using E does not even form a sentence.

A is incorrect because it is implying that the wooden leg is scaring the children with itself. That makes no sense and is awkward.

B is incorrect because one must say "which scared" or "which is scaring". "Which scaring" is incorrect.

C is incorrect because it is awkward. Also, you cannot form a logical sentence from combing C to the non-underlined portion.

D is incorrect because it is awkward.

Rest assured, no problem like this would ever appear on the GMAT. All of those answer choices should be incorrect.

Thank you for the answer and the explanation Commdiver, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one thinking this problem is really strange. And it is good to hear that something like that will not appear on the GMAT!
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