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# Although he is reported to have spoken his mind freely while

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Although he is reported to have spoken his mind freely while being a young child, Ralph Nader was 25 years old before he began to advocate professionally as an attorney.

A. while being a young child
B. while in childhood
C. at the time of his being a child
D. as being in childhood
E. as a young child

Originally posted by Jp27 on 30 Oct 2012, 22:27.
Last edited by broall on 14 Jul 2017, 21:58, edited 1 time in total.
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31 Oct 2012, 04:40
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while is used in two senses
1) as a time frame
for example: I was watching TV while my girlfriend was making a sandwich. (the chauvinism is just for fun and laugh. dont frown)
2) as a contrast
for example: My girlfriend bought a louis vuitton bag while I am out of work.

This sentence, as answer choice B puts it, becomes something like:
I played fooltball while in childhood.
This does not make sense: it tries to be a concise version of: I played football while I was in childhood. Even the longer version seems awful.

Just to clarify:
There are tons of things the GMAT likes and doesnt like. The best way is to develop a kinship with what the GMAT prefers.
For example: webster defines the word "like" as : 1) resemblance 2)such as.
But you will definitely get it wrong if you use like as a substitute for such as in a gmat sentence.
We all know this.
How?
Because every book has written it.
However, a lot of books do not have stuffs like this which are less prevalent on the GMAT preference list. So its better to reply on practicing tons of official problems and develop the feeling yourself.
Hope this helps.
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30 Oct 2012, 22:43
IMO E
as a young child - short, crisp and correct
All other options are wordier,redundant and awkward constructions.
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30 Oct 2012, 23:19
IMO E
as a young child - short, crisp and correct
All other options are wordier,redundant and awkward constructions.

u are correct with answer but why did u kill answer choice B?
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30 Oct 2012, 23:20
E??
concise..usage of being etc in other options
no while because no contrast is being shown,general statement has been given
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30 Oct 2012, 23:36
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are correct with answer but why did u kill answer choice B?

tell me which one sounds better:
1. John played football while in childhood
2. John Played football as a young child.
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31 Oct 2012, 00:45
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are correct with answer but why did u kill answer choice B?

tell me which one sounds better:
1. John played football while in childhood
2. John Played football as a young child.

i saw the diff already but I was wondering there any grammatical mistake this choice!
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19 Nov 2012, 21:03
Jp27 wrote:
IMO E
as a young child - short, crisp and correct
All other options are wordier,redundant and awkward constructions.

u are correct with answer but why did u kill answer choice B?

The reason why she must have eliminated choice E , because we are talking of Ralph as a child and not his childhood, So before " ralph " right word should be child and not childhood .
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15 Apr 2014, 20:03
Any ideas on why E instead of B in this question?

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17 Apr 2014, 16:03
Can somebody please explain what is wrong with option A.
And Please do not say avoid " being " in GMAT.
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18 Apr 2014, 03:27
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Can somebody please explain what is wrong with option A.
And Please do not say avoid " being " in GMAT.

while is used either in contrast or as a replacement of "when"
Neither works here.

Also being as a modifier NEVER works on the GMAT.
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17 Aug 2016, 23:39
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Any ideas on why E instead of B in this question?

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B is out because of modifier problem. Ralph after the comma refers to "child", not to "childhood". Ralph is a "child", not a "childhood".
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05 Apr 2017, 22:44
Jp27 wrote:
Although he is reported to have spoken his mind freely while being a young child, Ralph Nader was 25 years old before he began to advocate professionally as an attorney.

(A) while being a young child
(B) while in childhood
(C) at the time of his being a child
(D) as being in childhood
(E) as a young child

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

Explanation: This question tests the ability to recognize Idiomatic English and to express ideas concisely and directly. Answer choices A, B, and D are all unidiomatic. Answer choices A and C violate the GMAT's preference for brevity. In addition, answer choice C illogically suggests that being a child occurs at a finite period in time rather than over a period of time. Answer choice E is the correct choice because it is brief, idiomatic, and correctly uses "as" as a preposition to mean "in the capacity, character, or role of."

as (conjunction) = in the same way
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13 Apr 2019, 07:09
Can someone please explain clearly why B is not correct. option E could also mean that adult ralph spoke his mind freely as a young child (does)
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13 Apr 2019, 07:26
shaldor wrote:
Can someone please explain clearly why B is not correct. option E could also mean that adult ralph spoke his mind freely as a young child (does)
Option B is unidiomatic.

Unfortunately, we can't do much in such cases. We need to recognize that that particular construction is not valid in English and "blacklist" it.

If it helps, you can go through the official question on which this question is based.
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