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A mixture of poems and short fiction, Jean Toomer’s Cane has been

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New post 30 May 2019, 07:55
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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 - by-.

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”


I don't seem to understand why everyone isn't bothered about the wrong usage of 'being' here! 'Being' can be used when
1. passive voice: My cat is being a brat
2. Subject of a sentence: Being a wizard doesn't guarantee you powers.

Period! There is absolutely no valid case of using 'being' to define attributes of a thing or a person.
Here 'others being X and Y' is incorrect.
However, other choices do not come close to E. For example, 'Black American' has to be used instead of plural, 'including Richard Wright' is wrong as you a including a person in category of books.
But I don't seem to understand well the usage of 'being' here. Can anyone explain? What is the exception here to use 'being' in the question?
Thanks in advance! Regards.
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New post 16 Jul 2019, 08:08
Can options A and B be eliminated on the basis of "Black American" and "a Black American", though I don't know how to eliminate?

Thanks in advance.
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