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# Although she had signed a pledge of abstinence while being

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Although she had signed a pledge of abstinence while being an adolescent, Frances Willard was 35 years old before she chose to become a temperance activist.

(C) at the time of her being adolescent

https://www.nytimes.com/1986/12/14/books/do-everything-she-said.html

She organizes her narrative within well-titled chapters: ''Choices,'' ''Commitment,'' ''Career,'' ''Celebrity,'' ''Reformer,'' ''Christian,'' ''Politician.'' With grace and energy the author portrays a woman who was in command of her life choices. Willard chose not to marry, breaking an engagement to a domineering Methodist minister because she preferred the independence and intimacy of female friendships. (Ten years later, when her former fiance became president of Northwestern University and she was head of its women's college, he forced her out.) Although she had signed a pledge of abstinence as an adolescent, Frances Willard was 35 years old before she self-consciously chose to become a temperance activist and a woman's organizer in 1874, and went on to become a local, statewide and national leader of the W.C.T.U. Rather than contradict prevailing attitudes about ''woman's place,'' Willard presented a continuum to justify the involvement of women in social issues: the protectors of the home needed ''home protection.'' In a similar linkage, Willard argued that religious teaching legitimized rather than limited women's roles.

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Originally posted by noboru on 18 Aug 2009, 11:24.
Last edited by Bunuel on 10 Jan 2019, 05:41, edited 4 times in total.
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01 Jan 2013, 20:44
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When "As" is used as comparison marker in comparing clauses, then yes it needs to be followed by a clause.
However "as" here means "in the role of" or "in the stage of being" and doesn't require the clause.

e.g.
Correct: As a child, I delivered newspapers (= in the stage of being)
Correct: As a president of the company, she works hard. (= in the role of)
Correct: My first job was an apprenticeship AS a sketch artist.

There are common errors around such use:
Wrong: While being a child, I delivered newspapers.
Wrong: As being a child, I delivered newspapers.
Wrong: While in childhood, I delivered newspapers
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18 Aug 2009, 16:32
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(B) while in adolescence - while is really not needed here...
(C) at the time of her being adolescent -wordy
(D) as being in adolescence -wordy as well..
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being is generally wrong in gmat eliminate a , c, d e fits that question
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noboru wrote:
94. Although she had signed a pledge of abstinence while being an adolescent, Frances Willard was 35 years old before she chose to become a temperance activist.
(C) at the time of her being adolescent

i am going with the option E here. "as" here used as preposition here. for example " as a child, i thought i could fly". so E wins
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22 Sep 2012, 10:03
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It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of
inventory turnovers can be crucial to profits.

(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be

I wanted to understand that can we look at option D in a way in which we are making the PASSIVE are placed to the PASSIVE is turned .

In option E it is ACTIVE turns.

Also, if option D is : how frequently the inventory is turned over are often

Would that be correct?

In Option [E] turns is not active, an active voice [E] would read - how frequently the inventory is turned over can be

if option D is : how frequently the inventory is turned over are often is incorrect - replacing can in the stimulus with are here would change the meaning entirely....i guess, that is a risk a test taker should not take when a correct option [E] is already making a perfect answer sense.
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01 Jan 2013, 12:48
Although she had signed a pledge of abstinence while being an adolescent, Frances Willard was 35 years old before she chose to become a temperance activist.
(C) at the time of her being adolescent

I shortlisted Choice B & E. Correct Answer is E

I signed the agreement as a Management Representative of the company I was aware of what i was doing.
I slapped him while got drunk Probably i was not aware of what i was doing

I think the question is not expecting the meaning expressed by choice E.
Pls help correct my concept.
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Choice (B) while in adolescence - is wrong due to ambiguity in tense. The construct "while in adolescence" is can mean "while she was in her adolescence" or "while she is in her adolescence" and does the tense error.

If the choice had wordings as "while she was in her adolescence", it would have been grammatically correct.

Choice (E) as an adolescent - is concise and appropriate in this context.
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01 Jan 2013, 17:51
PraPon wrote:
Choice (B) while in adolescence - is wrong due to ambiguity in tense. The construct "while in adolescence" is can mean "while she was in her adolescence" or "while she is in her adolescence" and does the tense error.

If the choice had wordings as "while she was in her adolescence", it would have been grammatically correct.

Choice (E) as an adolescent - is concise and appropriate in this context.

Hi Parapon,
i have a doubt here...

Actually as should be followed by clause right?
But doesn't this sentence violate that rule?
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12 Aug 2013, 00:29
ykaiim wrote:
Hi all,

If a sentence starts with Although then WHILE is not required in the same sentence part. Please correct me if I am wrong.

noboru wrote:
94. Although she had signed a pledge of abstinence while being an adolescent, Frances Willard was 35 years old before she chose to become a temperance activist.
(C) at the time of her being adolescent

Can someone throw some light on the although and while relation mentioned in the above post?
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sesh wrote:
ykaiim wrote:
Hi all,

If a sentence starts with Although then WHILE is not required in the same sentence part. Please correct me if I am wrong.

noboru wrote:
94. Although she had signed a pledge of abstinence while being an adolescent, Frances Willard was 35 years old before she chose to become a temperance activist.
(C) at the time of her being adolescent

Can someone throw some light on the although and while relation mentioned in the above post?

IMO you cant eliminate choice on the basis that ALTHOUGH and WHILE cant come together.

ALTHOUGH she spoke to me on phone while driving the car manytimes,she never met an accident.
(THIS MIGHT NOT BE A GMAT LIKE SENTENCE but whole intention is to say that we cant eliminate on this basis.)

ALTHOUGH is used to connect two clauses only wth A COMMA.
NEVER use ANOTHER CONJUNCTION
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MEANS .: ALTHOUGH X, Y ==(X,Y = CLAUSES) ==>CORRECT
ALTHOUGH X,conjunction Y.==(X,Y = CLAUSES)==>.==>CONJUNCTION = FOR/AND/NOR/BUT/OR/YET/SO==>INCORRECT

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08 Sep 2013, 04:09
My two cents of the knowledge on the above:

'AS' as a preposition can functions as:

(1). Function (In the role of)

Although not personally good,John as a lawyer was a good person.

(2). Equation (is equal to)

I think of you as my friend.

(3). Stage as

As a child, I was notorious.

Second aspect is the connector issue and as per MGMAT SC Guide and other sources:

We cannot have two connectors(Subordinating Conjunctions such as Although/When/While as well as Coordinating conjunctions such as But/And?So) in a SENTENCE without any punctuation.

Hope that make sense !
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Here are my 2 cents to this question.

"Being" is generally used to indicate the current state of something. Here we aren't really talking about the CURRENT state of anything. Hence Options A, C and D can be eliminated.

The usage of while happens when one wants to represent two actions that occur simultaneously.

Ex : I listen to the radio while driving to office.

This makes the usage of "while" inappropriate in this case.

This brings us down to Option E.

Hope that helps.

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noboru wrote:
94. Although she had signed a pledge of abstinence while being an adolescent, Frances Willard was 35 years old before she chose to become a temperance activist.
(C) at the time of her being adolescent

Option E is preferred over option B because usage of "As" here is correct. As here is used as "in capacity of" or "as a function". Moreover usage of "while" either represents a contrast or used to state two simultaneous actions. Here if it is used as a contrast it would be redundant with "although" because although already presents contrast and there is no two simultaneous actions. Therefore usage of while is incorrect.
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noboru wrote:
Although she had signed a pledge of abstinence while being an adolescent, Frances Willard was 35 years old before she chose to become a temperance activist.

(C) at the time of her being adolescent

Only (E) makes sense. B conveys the wrong meaning.

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Although is used to connect to clauses only with a comma.
Option B uses although with while.

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