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Anthropological research teams visited several Afghan cities, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that are turning up and interviewing locals to better understand the aftermath of the decade-long conflict.

(A) cities, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that are turning up and interviewing

(B) cities, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewing

(C) cities, filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewed

(D) cities and filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that are turning up, and interviewed

(E) cities, filmed neighborhoods, digitized old photographs, turned up and interviewed

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“Everywhere in Morocco is Jewish memory,” Elmehdi Boudra, Mimouna’s president, said in an interview. A few thousand Jews remain in Morocco, mostly in urban areas. Diarna has documented the country’s lavish and rustic synagogues and cemeteries with raised stone tombs, as well as ruined Nazi camps at the Algerian border.

Diarna teams have visited a dozen other countries, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photos that turn up and interviewing inhabitants. The researchers studied some buildings just before they were demolished or suffered war damage, including a Jewish hospital in Tangiers and a synagogue in Damascus.


B. Understanding the meaning of this sentence, along with understanding participial modifiers, is the key to this question. This sentence attempts to say that researchers visited these places, and that among the activities they performed when doing so they filmed, digitized, and interviewed.

Choice A is close, but the modifier "that are turning up" next to "photographs" sets the actions in the present tense, when we know from the verb "visited" that this all happened previously.

Choice B corrects that error, and is therefore correct.

Choices C and D illogically use the participial modifier "digitizing old photographs" to modify a logically-separate action "filmed neighborhoods".

D also creates an improper list, linking the verbs "visited and filmed...and interviewed".

And choice E illogically adds "turned up" as a verb in the list of past-tense events.

What may seem upon a visual scan to be a valid list ("visited, filmed, digitized, turned, and interviewed") has a bizarre meaning; what does "turned up" mean in that context?
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B should be the answer
for correct parallelism we need :cities, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewing
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B should be the answer
for correct parallelism we need :cities, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewing


Will the option "cities, filmed neighbourhoods,digitized photographs that turned up, and interviewed" be correct? As all these activities are being done by the anthro team, I believe the parallelism is being maintained.
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aditya8062 wrote:
B should be the answer
for correct parallelism we need :cities, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewing


Will the option "cities, filmed neighbourhoods,digitized photographs that turned up, and interviewed" be correct? As all these activities are being done by the anthro team, I believe the parallelism is being maintained.


no that would be a faulty parallelism .we can only make things parallel that are supposed to be parallel .
Anthropological research teams visited several Afghan cities .this team further did 3 different things there and hence those 3 things are supposed to be parallel
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very hard

many gmatprep test this point, which is that there are many verbs, some of them in doing form. the point here is we need to justify the relation beteen main clause and doing. This job is very hard.

once again, the job of justifying the relation between main clause and comma+doing is very hard. I do this type of question many times , but in a few of the cases I am correct.

thank you for posting this question.
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After Anthropological research teams visited they filmed, digitalized and interviewed rather then when they were visiting.

I mean after I will goto LA, I will visit places rather then when i am visiting LA.

Here we have VERBing (filming etc.) modifying visited. Shouldn't we have filmed so show sequence of events by using past participle (first they visited then they filmed)?

Please correct my reasoning, where I am getting wrong?
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Anthropological research teams visited several Afghan cities doing few things
    1. filming neighborhoods,
    2. digitizing old photographs that are turning up and
    3. interviewing locals to better understand the aftermath of the decade-long conflict.


A. cities, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that are turning up and interviewing
Team digitizes the old photos that turned up. This needs to be in simple past tense rather present tense as in given sentence.

B. cities, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewing

C. cities, filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewed...........all 3 items are not in one tense thereby ruining parallelism.

D. cities and filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that are turning up, and interviewed..........
and instead of verb+ing modifier
present tense error as in A
parallelism error as in C


E. cities, filmed neighborhoods, digitized old photographs, turned up and interviewed.........turned up as an independent event and seems to indicate that photos are tuned up and inteviewed locals as well does not make sense at all.
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Anthropological research teams visited several Afghan cities doing few things
    1. filming neighborhoods,
    2. digitizing old photographs that are turning up and
    3. interviewing locals to better understand the aftermath of the decade-long conflict.


A. cities, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that are turning up and interviewing
Team digitizes the old photos that turned up. This needs to be in simple past tense rather present tense as in given sentence.

B. cities, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewing

C. cities, filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewed...........all 3 items are not in one tense thereby ruining parallelism.

D. cities and filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that are turning up, and interviewed..........
and instead of verb+ing modifier
present tense error as in A
parallelism error as in C


E. cities, filmed neighborhoods, digitized old photographs, turned up and interviewed.........turned up as an independent event and seems to indicate that photos are tuned up and inteviewed locals as well does not make sense at all.


Hi,
Can you please explain why C is wrong?
visited,filmed and interviewed seem parallel to me while digitizing works as a modifier.
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techiesam wrote:
Nevernevergiveup wrote:
Anthropological research teams visited several Afghan cities doing few things
    1. filming neighborhoods,
    2. digitizing old photographs that are turning up and
    3. interviewing locals to better understand the aftermath of the decade-long conflict.

B. cities, filming neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewing

C. cities, filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewed...........all 3 items are not in one tense thereby ruining parallelism.


Hi,
Can you please explain why C is wrong?
visited,filmed and interviewed seem parallel to me while digitizing works as a modifier.
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Here techiesam
Anthropological research teams visited several Afghan cities doing 3 things namely filming X, digitizing Y and interviewing Z(locals).

As per option C, teams visited cities filming X, digitizing Y and interviewed locals. This just doesn't make sense since the sentence is improper as it seems that they are getting interviewed(this doesn't make sense either and misses proposition by before locals).

It flaws the parallelism concept as well.
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Understanding the meaning of this sentence, along with understanding participial modifiers, is the key to this question. This sentence attempts to say that researchers visited these places, and that among the activities they performed when doing so they filmed, digitized, and interviewed.

Choice A is close, but the modifier "that are turning up" next to "photographs" sets the actions in the present tense, when we know from the verb "visited" that this all happened previously. Choice B corrects that error, and is therefore correct. Choices C and D illogically use the participial modifier "digitizing old photographs" to modify a logically-separate action "filmed neighborhoods". D also creates an improper list, linking the verbs "visited and filmed...and interviewed". And choice E illogically adds "turned up" as a verb in the list of past-tense events. What may seem upon a visual scan to be a valid list ("visited, filmed, digitized, turned, and interviewed") has a bizarre meaning; what does "turned up" mean in that context?
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visited cities, filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs that turned up, and interviewed locals

They visited, filmed, and interviewed. They have done these three things.
They filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs.

How can this be wrong?
"Digitizing photographs" is properly modifying filming activity.

Where am I going wrong?
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They filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs.

Hi! This is not an entirely correct interpretation.

filmed neighborhoods would mean making a film (video) of neighborhoods; this activity is different from the activity of digitizing old photographs.
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They filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs.

Hi! This is not an entirely correct interpretation.

filmed neighborhoods would mean making a film (video) of neighborhoods; this activity is different from the activity of digitizing old photographs.



Ya, that's what they have done. They made a film of neighborhoods (filmed neighborhoods).

Why this option is incorrect?
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Prasannathawait wrote:
They filmed neighborhoods, digitizing old photographs.

Hi! This is not an entirely correct interpretation.

filmed neighborhoods would mean making a film (video) of neighborhoods; this activity is different from the activity of digitizing old photographs.



Ya, that's what they have done. They made a film of neighborhoods (filmed neighborhoods).

Why this option is incorrect?


C is definitely the hardest answer choice to eliminate, as it isn't grammatically incorrect at all. Expanding on what EducationAisle said, it comes down to meaning: digitizing photographs is not something you do while you are filming. Filming is one activity, while digitizing photographs is another — film and photography are two totally distinct media. It doesn't make sense for "digitizing photographs" to modify "filmed" because it does not describe any part of filming process. Instead, it describes a separate process.

On the other hand, filming, digitizing, and interviewing are all things that you are likely to do when you are visiting, so B (which has "filming", "digitizing", and "interviewing" all modifying "visited") makes logical sense. Note here that "filming" and "digitizing" are listed as two separate list items, which makes sense, given that they are two separate activities.
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I think probably the most important realisation to make with participial -ing modifiers is the cause-effect nature typically present.

The Anthropological research teams visited Afghan cities.

If you think about this, Anthropological team embarked on a journey to Afghan cities to research, and as part of the research they did X, Y and Z.


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B. Understanding the meaning of this sentence, along with understanding participial modifiers, is the key to this question. This sentence attempts to say that researchers visited these places, and that among the activities they performed when doing so they filmed, digitized, and interviewed.

Choice A is close, but the modifier "that are turning up" next to "photographs" sets the actions in the present tense, when we know from the verb "visited" that this all happened previously. Choice B corrects that error, and is therefore correct. Choices C and D illogically use the participial modifier "digitizing old photographs" to modify a logically-separate action "filmed neighborhoods". D also creates an improper list, linking the verbs "visited and filmed...and interviewed". And choice E illogically adds "turned up" as a verb in the list of past-tense events. What may seem upon a visual scan to be a valid list ("visited, filmed, digitized, turned, and interviewed") has a bizarre meaning; what does "turned up" mean in that context?

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