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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 Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

(A) Black Americans—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man

(B) Black Americans—including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

(C) a Black American—including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man

(D) a Black American—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man

(E) a Black American—the others being Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
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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 Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

A. Black Americans—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
B. Black Americans—including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
C. a Black American—including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
D. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
E. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man


Just stumbled over this OG Question and wondering what's wrong with B?

IMO it compares Books/Novels with Books/Novels since the expressions "Native Son" and "Invisible Man" are written in italics. So B is in my view superior because it is shorter and therefore more concise than E which is rightly parallel and comparing Novels with Novels.

The only thing which would make me go for E, is that it sounds more parallel than B. How to decide in this case?




To clarify this, you have to see what is the including pointing to.

One of the three best novels by black Americans, including.

This implies that Cane includes the other two novels. This is plain wrong!!!

One of the three best novels by black Americans, the other being..

This clarifies that Cane is one and the other two are blah blah.

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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 Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

A. Black Americans—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
B. Black Americans—including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
C. a Black American—including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
D. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
E. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man


1) a Black American vs Black Americans . Since the subject is referring to a book, which is singular, a black american is the right choice.
A&B are out.

2) The others is correctly referring to the books. So option C is out

3) Option E is correctly referring books.
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Choice B is a problem because of using the inappropriate ‘including’ whether with the dash or without the dash. If we mean to have the dash, as an adverbial modifier, it will wrongly modify the book ' 'Cane’ as Blackfoot has pointed out. If you use it without the dash, then it will absurdly refer to Black Americans that include two novels
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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 Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

A. Black Americans—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man - the sentence makes it clear that you're comparing novels, not their authors ; their second half mistakenly mention the people themselves as part of the comparison.
B. Black Americans—including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - (b) is not as parallel as (e), either. since the original says "jean toomer's cane", the others should also have the form "X's Y", not "Y by X".
C. a Black American—including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man - same as A
D. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man - same as A
E. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man - Correct

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KC wrote:
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 Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

A. Black Americans—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
B. Black Americans—including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
C. a Black American—including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
D. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
E. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man



A. Black Americans—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
incorrect because Americans should be American, also compares novel to authors
B. Black Americans—including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
incorrect because Americans should be American, parallelism is incorrect between first half of sentence and end of sentence, meaning of sentence with the word including- makes it seem like Cane includes the other two novels
C. a Black American—including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
American is correct, including changes the meaning of the sentence and the parallelism is incorrect
D. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
American is correct, compares novels to authors, parallelism is incorrect
E. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
correct answer- American is singular, parallelism is correct, the comparison compares the novels
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how did we figure out that a black american is correct and not Black Americans??
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(A) Black Americans—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man - The list considered here is the novels. So we need novels to be in parallel.

(B) Black Americans—including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - The list should be parallel to Jane Toomer's Cane. Richard Wright's Native son and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man would be a better option.

(C) a Black American—including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man - Repeats the error in A

(D) a Black American—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man - Repeats the error in A

(E) a Black American—the others being Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man - Correct.

Answer: E
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how did we figure out that a black american is correct and not Black Americans??


suramya26, In non underlines portion author's name Jean Toomer is mentioned. Novel cane is written by only one author.
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suramya26 wrote:
how did we figure out that a black american is correct and not Black Americans??


You can find best explanation in below site.

https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... t6725.html

Ron, as always, has given best explanation.
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