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Balancing a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with another, twenty-three year-old Alan, paused in front of a first floor flat in the colony.
A. Balancing a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with another
B. Having a balance of a pizza with one hand and gripping a six-pack of carton of soft drinks with the other
C. Balancing a pizza with one hand and gripping a pack of six soft drink carton with the other
D. Being balanced a pizza with one hand and gripping a six-pack carton of soft drinks with the another
E. Having balanced a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with the other

I have a doubt in this question, posted by "Marcab"

Use of "another" vs "the other"
"The other", which means "second of two" is correct in this sentence. So options left are B,C, & E.
Option B can be ruled out because it does not maintain parallelism between Perfect participle & Present participle
Option C - maintains parallelism but a small error with "Six soft drink corner"
Option E - As per Marcab & many others this option is correct but i have a doubt in this option.

Although option E maintain parallelism using Perfect participle but perfect participle is used to indicate "Completed actions" and not "Continuing actions". If we use perfect participle in this case, it will mean that "When Alan paused in front of the door, he was neither holding the pizza nor holding the soft drink carton". If we use perfect participle it will change the intended meaning.

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12 Jan 2013, 07:33
fameatop wrote:
Balancing a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with another, twenty-three year-old Alan, paused in front of a first floor flat in the colony.
A. Balancing a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with another
B. Having a balance of a pizza with one hand and gripping a six-pack of carton of soft drinks with the other
C. Balancing a pizza with one hand and gripping a pack of six soft drink carton with the other
D. Being balanced a pizza with one hand and gripping a six-pack carton of soft drinks with the another
E. Having balanced a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with the other

I have a doubt in this question, posted by "Marcab"

Use of "another" vs "the other"
"The other", which means "second of two" is correct in this sentence. So options left are B,C, & E.
Option B can be ruled out because it does not maintain parallelism between Perfect participle & Present participle
Option C - maintains parallelism but a small error with "Six soft drink corner"
Option E - As per Marcab & many others this option is correct but i have a doubt in this option.

Although option E maintain parallelism using Perfect participle but perfect participle is used to indicate "Completed actions" and not "Continuing actions". If we use perfect participle in this case, it will mean that "When Alan paused in front of the door, he was neither holding the pizza nor holding the soft drink carton". If we use perfect participle it will change the intended meaning.

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I echo your inference Fame; 'the other' is correct in this specific case but having reflects a different meaning altogether. Now, we have obscured the sentence with Alan holding both of these things in his hand when he paused. "Six soft drink Carton" is weird in C, else it would have been the perfect one.
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12 Jan 2013, 12:06
E is the best choice, but it sounds awkward because "having" is used twice. I doubt the GMAT would use a problem like this.
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12 Jan 2013, 23:28
fameatop wrote:
Balancing a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with another, twenty-three year-old Alan, paused in front of a first floor flat in the colony.
A. Balancing a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with another
B. Having a balance of a pizza with one hand and gripping a six-pack of carton of soft drinks with the other
C. Balancing a pizza with one hand and gripping a pack of six soft drink carton with the other
D. Being balanced a pizza with one hand and gripping a six-pack carton of soft drinks with the another
E. Having balanced a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with the other

I have a doubt in this question, posted by "Marcab"

Use of "another" vs "the other"
"The other", which means "second of two" is correct in this sentence. So options left are B,C, & E.
Option B can be ruled out because it does not maintain parallelism between Perfect participle & Present participle
Option C - maintains parallelism but a small error with "Six soft drink corner"
Option E - As per Marcab & many others this option is correct but i have a doubt in this option.

Although option E maintain parallelism using Perfect participle but perfect participle is used to indicate "Completed actions" and not "Continuing actions". If we use perfect participle in this case, it will mean that "When Alan paused in front of the door, he was neither holding the pizza nor holding the soft drink carton". If we use perfect participle it will change the intended meaning.

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Fame, I thought about the option E for a while and came to the conclusion that option E is indeed incorrect.
Consider the following 2 sentences:

1) Having finished his quota of bowling spell, Ishant came out of the ground and settled into the dressing room.
2) Having finished his quota of bowling spell, Ishant started rubbing the ball for a better swing.

Choice 2 is logically incorrect and I hope you know why .. It doesn't make sense for a fast bowler to shine the ball for your colleague, especially when he is done with his spell.
Choice 1 is correct because that's common sense.

Same thing goes into this particular sentence. Since, Alan has balanced the pizza with one hand and gripped the drinks with other, there is no logical reason for him to pause in front of the flat. Yeah, some people will say maybe he might have to take out the keys from the pocket or have to ring the bell, that's the reason but that's not the logical follow up. These are pure assumptions and no natural logical flow. Opponents may say that his friend was already waiting at the door for him to come over and place the goodies at the table so no reason for Alan to pause at the door.

IMO, all the options are incorrect, and if this sentence is a copy of an official one, someone misunderstood the logic to do so.
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27 Dec 2013, 12:46
fameatop wrote:
Balancing a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with another, twenty-three year-old Alan, paused in front of a first floor flat in the colony.
A. Balancing a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with another
B. Having a balance of a pizza with one hand and gripping a six-pack of carton of soft drinks with the other
C. Balancing a pizza with one hand and gripping a pack of six soft drink carton with the other
D. Being balanced a pizza with one hand and gripping a six-pack carton of soft drinks with the another
E. Having balanced a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with the other

I have a doubt in this question, posted by "Marcab"

Use of "another" vs "the other"
"The other", which means "second of two" is correct in this sentence. So options left are B,C, & E.
Option B can be ruled out because it does not maintain parallelism between Perfect participle & Present participle
Option C - maintains parallelism but a small error with "Six soft drink corner"
Option E - As per Marcab & many others this option is correct but i have a doubt in this option.

Although option E maintain parallelism using Perfect participle but perfect participle is used to indicate "Completed actions" and not "Continuing actions". If we use perfect participle in this case, it will mean that "When Alan paused in front of the door, he was neither holding the pizza nor holding the soft drink carton". If we use perfect participle it will change the intended meaning.

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C is tricky for the reasons mentioned above

I think E is the best choice here

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27 Dec 2013, 20:17
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fameatop wrote:
Balancing a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with another, twenty-three year-old Alan, paused in front of a first floor flat in the colony.
A. Balancing a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with another
B. Having a balance of a pizza with one hand and gripping a six-pack of carton of soft drinks with the other
C. Balancing a pizza with one hand and gripping a pack of six soft drink carton with the other
D. Being balanced a pizza with one hand and gripping a six-pack carton of soft drinks with the another
E. Having balanced a pizza with one hand and having gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with the other

I have a doubt in this question, posted by "Marcab"

Use of "another" vs "the other"
"The other", which means "second of two" is correct in this sentence. So options left are B,C, & E.
Option B can be ruled out because it does not maintain parallelism between Perfect participle & Present participle
Option C - maintains parallelism but a small error with "Six soft drink corner"
Option E - As per Marcab & many others this option is correct but i have a doubt in this option.

Although option E maintain parallelism using Perfect participle but perfect participle is used to indicate "Completed actions" and not "Continuing actions". If we use perfect participle in this case, it will mean that "When Alan paused in front of the door, he was neither holding the pizza nor holding the soft drink carton". If we use perfect participle it will change the intended meaning.

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C is tricky for the reasons mentioned above

I think E is the best choice here

Cheers!
J

Perfect participles are used to denote actions that are just completed.
The problem with E -
E. Having (just) balanced a pizza with one hand and having (just) gripped a six-pack carton of soft drinks with the other, Alan paused at the door.
- is that the simple past doesn't have a specific time frame and we don't know which action preceded which; also, both are completed actions
He paused at the door, rang the bell and just balanced the pizza. (or)
He just balanced the pizza, rang the bell and paused at the door.

You may argue that in an example like - Having crossed the bridge, we went in the direction of the town., the sequencing is clear. Here, we know that if you don't cross the bridge, you cannot reach the town. One has to follow the other. Also, the events are widely spread.

In the given question, the events are pretty close ranging from few secs to a couple of minutes. So, what is the sequencing? Did he balance first and then pause at the door? While pausing at the door, the pizza was about to fall, and so he tried to balance it? So many open threads with E.
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