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Among the Tsonga, a Bantu-speaking group of tribes in southeastern Afr

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New post 17 Aug 2018, 10:36
Instead of weighing in on such idiom as "each other "

There is a definitive decision point.
GMAT DOES NOT WEIGH IN ON IDIOMS ANYMORE AS MUCH AS IT USED TO.

AN INCORRECT CHOICE IS RATHER INCORRECT FOR ONLY 2 REASONS-
MEANING OR GRAMMATICAL ERROR or both.

There is a clear decision point between A and B

Intended meaning of the sentence- in certain tribe , dance teams represent their chief at the court of another chief. They provide entertainment and in return receive some objects.


A- dance teams represent their own chief at the court of each other, providing entertainment in return for food, drink, and lodging.

Meaning- dance teams REPRESENT their own chief. Providing(verbing mod) entertainment in return for....
Here providing is in VERB-ING form supposed to work in either of the 3 ways,Viz.,

1.modifying action ( Telling "how" the action is done)
2.modifyimg action( specifying generic information )
3.RESULT OF THE ACTION.

Now the "providing " does not fit in any of the 3 modifier brakcets. It cannot be the result of the dance teams representing their chief , It cannot be the " how" or generic information because "providing " and "represent" are independent action and are stand alone.

B- the court of another and provide entertainment in return for

Meaning- here represent and provide are independently placed and hence the emphasis is put on each action equally. Dance teams do what? Represent and provide. 2 simple actions which are completely independent.

NOTE- GMAT = HOW MUCH IS GIVEN + HOW MUCH CAN I EXTRACT.
GMAT IS MORE OF A PRACTICAL EXAM THAN BASED ON SET OF RULES. THE MORE YOU GET TO KNOW HOW GMAT WORKS IS THE MORE YOU UNDERSTAND THAT RULES ARE RATHER A VERY SMALL PART OF GMAT. INDEED RULES ARE IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW BUT ONE CAN MASTER GMAT SC IF HE'S A MASTET IN UNDERSTANDING THE REAL MEANING OF EACH SENTENCE IRRESPECTIVE OF THE SECTION (RC SC CR).

TIP- READ AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. READ GMAT LIKE MATERIAL AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND EACH SENTENCE. TRUST ME.

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The sentence itself is convoluted you can't get the meaning if you read the sentence alone, unless you read the answer choices.
The problem is how to solve such questions when meaning is not clear from question steam and reading all choices take good 4 minutes. I think the time is main problem in questions like this. Anyone who can address this issue.
ALL Big names are invited the please offer help on the matter.
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True what you said. My stand is do not jump on the meaning straight. wait and eliminate grammar related mistakes. after this you will be left with 2-3 choices. now play with meaning.
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