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The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers", spoken as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.

A) as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged

B) as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged

C) as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged

D) during the arrangement of a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden

E) while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden
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The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers", spoken as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.


A) as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged

B) as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged

C) as a bouquet or roses just picked from his garden was being arranged
being in passive voice - correctly used. good choice!

D) during the arrangement of a bouquet or roses, just picked from his garden
changes meaning. just picked from his garden in a vase...doesn't make sense.

E) while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden
they - no antecedent.

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Option D & E are tempting at first, but are grammatically incorrect.
D) during the arrangement of a bouquet or roses, just picked from his garden in a vase on his bedroom windowsill. [Garden can't be in a vase]
E) while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden in a vase on his bedroom windowsill. [Garden can't be in a vase]

Even though 'Spoken as' sounds uncommon, but that is where our answer lies.
A) as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged
B) as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged
BOQUET - A collective noun is SINGULAR

Correct answer is
C) as a bouquet or roses just picked from his garden was being arranged
PS: An option with being is not always incorrect !!

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souvik101990 wrote:
The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers", spoken as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.


A) as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged

B) as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged

C) as a bouquet or roses just picked from his garden was being arranged
being in passive voice - correctly used. good choice!

D) during the arrangement of a bouquet or roses, just picked from his garden
changes meaning. just picked from his garden in a vase...doesn't make sense.

E) while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden
they - no antecedent.


I am puzzled why 'a bouquet or roses' is correct. shouldn't it be bouquet of roses? is it a typo. While I agree that bouquet was being arranged is correct over were arranged. seems both are wrong it there is no typo error.

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mvictor wrote:
souvik101990 wrote:
The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers", spoken as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.


A) as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged

B) as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged

C) as a bouquet or roses just picked from his garden was being arranged
being in passive voice - correctly used. good choice!

D) during the arrangement of a bouquet or roses, just picked from his garden
changes meaning. just picked from his garden in a vase...doesn't make sense.

E) while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden
they - no antecedent.


I am puzzled why 'a bouquet or roses' is correct. shouldn't it be bouquet of roses? is it a typo. While I agree that bouquet was being arranged is correct over were arranged. seems both are wrong it there is no typo error.


Yes, it is a typo. This this question here: http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-artist-pierre-auguste-renoir-s-last-word-was-flowers-167279.html

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(C) is the only possible answer to the question.

(A) and (E) both contain the unsupported pronoun "they". Every pronoun on the GMAT will have an antecedent (the only exception to this rule is "it", which can appear in reference to the universe as a whole, e.g. "it is a nice day today").

We can also eliminate (B) for verb tense problems. "as" indicates that things are going on simultaneously, so switching to "had just been" is wrong.

(D) has modification issues. We need to remember that the part of the sentence after the underlined portion also has to make sense. Looking at the fragment:

"during the arrangement of a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden in a vase on his bedroom windowsill"

we see that (D) makes is sound as though the garden is in a vase on his bedroom windowsill, which makes no sense.

Only (C) gets everything in the sentence where it should be, uses the correct tenses and doesn't introduce any ambiguous pronouns.

As an aside, it's certainly correct that "being" is rarely correct on the GMAT. A good general rule of thumb is "other things being equal, don't pick choices with "being" in them". However, avoiding "being" is a style choice, so if the only gramatically correct choice uses the word, that choice will be correct.
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