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A mixture of poems and short fiction, Jean Toomer's Cane has been one of the three best novels ever written by Black Americans-the other being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellision, author of Invisible Man.

a.Black Americans-the other being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellision, author of Invisible Man
b.Black Americans-including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellision
c.a Black American-including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellision, author of Invisible Man
d.a Black American-the other being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellision, author of Invisible Man
e.a Black American-the other being Richard Wright's Native Son and Ralph Ellision's Invisible Man
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The correct transcription should read the others and not the other in D and E.

Why in spite of stating the names of the three authors, GMAT prefers to use the term, a Black American, is a riddle. It may be because a Black American notionally stands as a generic name for all the Black American authors. But GMAT seems to have ignored that point and gone for some subtle //ism by choosing E.

A mixture of poems and short fiction, Jean Toomer's Cane has been one of the three best novels ever written by Black Americans-the other being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

a. Black Americans-the other being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man ------ wrong comparison between a book and some humans

B.Black Americans-including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison --- Toomer’s Cane should be matched by equally parallel Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and not by the prepositional possessive using - of -.

c.a Black American-including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man --- wrong comparison; same as in A

d.a Black American-the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man – wrong comparison; same as in A and C

e.a Black American-the others being Richard Wright's Native Son and Ralph Elision’s Invisible Man --- correct parallelism, possibly the best among the lot , in spite of the prickly “ A Black American”
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I thought being is almost always incorrect and eliminated those choices

Later found that this question is one of the few sentences where being need to be chosen as the correct choice for other reasons.
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23 Jul 2013, 02:41
Good question didn't notice the comparison... Great explanation daagh
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27 Jul 2013, 11:16
is usage of being is fine?
I was under the impression that 'being' is forbidden on the gmat
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27 Jul 2013, 11:44
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is usage of being is fine?
I was under the impression that 'being' is forbidden on the gmat

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Go through the below link in order to understand correct usage of being:

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shouldn't it be "Others" and not Other since we are referring to two books.

Remember that you will not always get the best sentences in the SC section our objective is to pick the best from what is available in the options ( there are many cases where the sentences aren't perfect but that's how this test works)
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02 Aug 2013, 08:05
the question tests 'possession'.

Jean Toomer's Cane ; Richard Wright's Native Son ; Ralph Ellision's Invisible Man

Experts please correct me if I am wrong.
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the question tests 'possession'.

Jean Toomer's Cane ; Richard Wright's Native Son ; Ralph Ellision's Invisible Man

Experts please correct me if I am wrong.

IMO opinion..all we have to do is to make the sentence correct meaning wise and gramatically...

A mixture of poems and short fiction, Jean Toomer's Cane has been one of the three best novels ever written by Black Americans-the other being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellision, author of Invisible Man.
According to meaning: CANE(book) has been one of the three best novels ever written by ....-the other being===>so after this you are going to describe about other 2 books..and not the writers name...that is why option A C D are wrong.

b.Black Americans-including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellision==>including is wrong here...as it is not clear what is including.

e.a Black American-the other being Richard Wright's Native Son and Ralph Ellision's Invisible Man==>this one is correct.

but suppose lf in case of given option E below option F is given
f) a Black American-the other being Native Son by richard wright and Invisible Man by ralph ellison.
I THINK THIS OPTION F is also gramatically correct.and in absence of option E this is the best.

but between E and F CHOOSE E as it is more similar in structure to the non underlined portion.

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I don't understand why B is incorrect?
The reason that Ron Purewal shows in the Manhattan forum is that "Native Son by Richard and Invisible Man by Ralph" is not parallel to "Jean Toomer's Cane". But I think is it necessary to make parallelism exactly word by word like this? Is Noun vs Noun not enough?

The other reason that I think why B is incorrect is that the usage of "including" right after "Black Americans" because it may make sense that "Including" modifies "Black Americans". But according to what I learn from e-GMAT SC course, Including definitely can jump over "Black Americans" to modify "Best Novels" if there is no ambiguity and "Black American" cannot be placed any else where. So I think choice B is the case.
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I don't understand why B is incorrect?
The reason that Ron Purewal shows in the Manhattan forum is that "Native Son by Richard and Invisible Man by Ralph" is not parallel to "Jean Toomer's Cane". But I think is it necessary to make parallelism exactly word by word like this? Is Noun vs Noun not enough?

The other reason that I think why B is incorrect is that the usage of "including" right after "Black Americans" because it may make sense that "Including" modifies "Black Americans". But according to what I learn from e-GMAT SC course, Including definitely can jump over "Black Americans" to modify "Best Novels" if there is no ambiguity and "Black American" cannot be placed any else where. So I think choice B is the case.

Hi tronghieu1987,

Thanks for posting your question here.

I would reject answer choices B and C for the usage of "including". Now "including" is a noun modifier that should modify the preceding noun entity. However, it cannot jump over the prepositional phrase "by Black Americans" because it modifies the action denoted by the verb-ed modifier "written". It does not modify the noun entity "one of the three best novels". So here we can say that usage of "including" does leave a scope for some ambiguity.

So choice B is ambiguous and Choice C presents incorrect comparison because the book has been compared to two novelists.

Hope this helps.
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A mixture of poems and short fiction, Jean Toomer's Cane has been one of the three best novels ever written by Black Americans-the other being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellision, author of Invisible Man.

a.Black Americans-the other being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellision, author of Invisible Man
b.Black Americans-including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellision
c.a Black American-including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellision, author of Invisible Man
d.a Black American-the other being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellision, author of Invisible Man
e.a Black American-the other being Richard Wright's Native Son and Ralph Ellision's Invisible Man

A very nice but subtle question:

Think in this way: what should the modifier after dash modify? The writers or the books?

In the main sentence, whether we have 'a Black American' or 'Black American', we have the phrase 'the three best novels'. As a result, the modifier gives further information about these three books. However, one of these three has been named in the main sentence, Jean Toomer' Cane, so we need two other books names, which can be best properly be stated in parallel structures, i.e., Jean Toomer's Cane, Richard Wright's Native Son, Ralph Ellision's Invisible Man

Since the modifier after dash should modify and give further information about the other two books, and not the writers, we can eliminate A, B, D

Between B and E:

1. 'including' is not as precise and clear as 'the other' that clearly indicates other items.

2. As mentioned above, in E the items are named structurally in the same way as 'Jean Toomer's Cane' has been.

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tronghieu1987 wrote:
I don't understand why B is incorrect?
The reason that Ron Purewal shows in the Manhattan forum is that "Native Son by Richard and Invisible Man by Ralph" is not parallel to "Jean Toomer's Cane". But I think is it necessary to make parallelism exactly word by word like this? Is Noun vs Noun not enough?

The other reason that I think why B is incorrect is that the usage of "including" right after "Black Americans" because it may make sense that "Including" modifies "Black Americans". But according to what I learn from e-GMAT SC course, Including definitely can jump over "Black Americans" to modify "Best Novels" if there is no ambiguity and "Black American" cannot be placed any else where. So I think choice B is the case.

Hi tronghieu1987,

Thanks for posting your question here.

I would reject answer choices B and C for the usage of "including". Now "including" is a noun modifier that should modify the preceding noun entity. However, it cannot jump over the prepositional phrase "by Black Americans" because it modifies the action denoted by the verb-ed modifier "written". It does not modify the noun entity "one of the three best novels". So here we can say that usage of "including" does leave a scope for some ambiguity.

So choice B is ambiguous and Choice C presents incorrect comparison because the book has been compared to two novelists.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.
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You have rejected choices B and C for the usage of 'including'; however, see this question from GMATprep: http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-new-image-of-stone-age-people-as-systematic-hunters-of-75120.html

In the correct answer choice, 'including' modifies 'tools', and it has jumped over 'found' and 'in Germany', while 'in Germany', as a prepositional phrase, modifies the past participle 'found'.

Could you please explain why here 'including' cannot jump but in that question it can?
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A mixture of poems and short fiction, Jean Toomer's Cane has been called one of the three best novels ever written by Black Americans-the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellision, author of Invisible Man.

The novel Cane was written by Jean Toomer. Since Jean Toomer is singular and should be followed by a singular noun (a Black American). Eliminate A and B.

As we are mentioning the three best novels, the novels and not the authors should follow. Eliminate C and D
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This question was transcribed severely incorrectly. Please check "https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/forums/a-mixture-of-poems-and-short-fiction-jean-toomer-s-cane-has-t6725-15.html" for the correct transcription.

In ADE, "other" should be "others".
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17 Dec 2016, 19:15
Dear Experts,
I am totally understand OA is always correct, and E is the best of the choices because of parallelism
BUT I am still confused about the use of "being" and the phrase "written by a black American"
1/ "being"
I read some posts discussing about the correct use of "being" -- a part of passive voice, and gerund
here, IMO, "being" is neither above situations, SO, I am puzzled

2/ "written by a black American"
IMO, written by a black American modifies the closest noun novels, So I cannot understand why here is "a black American" because these three novels are written by three different persons rather than by ONE person.

recently, I did not get responses on my posts,
genuinely want your response...

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