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Beautifully sanded and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique

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Beautifully sanded and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den.

(A) Beautifully sanded and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den.
(B) Beautiful, sanded, and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den.
(C) An antique, and beautifully sanded and revarnished, in his den Bill proudly displayed the desk.
(D) Bill, beautifully sanded and revarnished in the den, proudly displayed the antique desk.
(E) Bill proudly displayed the antique desk, beautifully sanded and revarnished, in his den.

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SajjadAhmad wrote:
Beautifully sanded and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den.

(A) Beautifully sanded and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den.
(B) Beautiful, sanded, and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den.
(C) An antique, and beautifully sanded and revarnished, in his den Bill proudly displayed the desk.
(D) Bill, beautifully sanded and revarnished in the den, proudly displayed the antique desk.
(E) Bill proudly displayed the antique desk, beautifully sanded and revarnished, in his den.

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Dear SajjadAhmad,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

This SC practice question is so bad that it's embarrassing! It's relatively easy to create reasonably good GMAT quant practice questions, but it's very difficult to produce verbal content that approximates the high level of the GMAT. So many, like this question, follow the general format of the question and purport to test the kinds of issues tested on GMAT SC, but the standards are nowhere close to the official questions.

Issues
1) One small mistake: when the whole sentence is underlined on the GMAT, the period is never included, and the five answers don't end in a period. There is just one period, after the underlining, in the prompt. This is a tiny thing, and perhaps you miscopied from the source. This is simply the kind of issue that demonstrates attention to detail.

2) The topic--really? Is this story time with milk and cookies? Topics on the GMAT are academic topics and/or the kinds of topics pertinent in the business world. There are no story-time topics about individuals and their actions in their private lives. This topic demonstrates no grasp of the range of topics on the GMAT.

3) I get that the author wanted to test the misplace modifier mistake, but (a) the misplacement is droolingly obvious: of course Bill is not "beautifully sanded and revarnished." When the GMAT presents a misplaced modifier, it's considerably subtler, not so glaringly obvious.

4) This question repeats the same grammar mistake in (A)-(D), and corrects it only in (E). This is a one-trick pony, not a true SC question, which has multiple issues going on, and different combinations of mistakes with each other ("splits") as we move through the answer choices.

I would give this particular question a grade of F.

Here's a high quality GMAT SC practice question:
With American cryptanalysts

Does all this make sense?

Mike :-)
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Beautifully sanded and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den.

(A) Beautifully sanded and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den.
(B) Beautiful, sanded, and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den.
(C) An antique, and beautifully sanded and revarnished, in his den Bill proudly displayed the desk.
(D) Bill, beautifully sanded and revarnished in the den, proudly displayed the antique desk.
(E) Bill proudly displayed the antique desk, beautifully sanded and revarnished, in his den.

Error Analysis:
Option A: Modifier error. What is beautifully sanded and revarnished. Is it antique desk or Bill?
Option B: Modifier error. What is beautifully sanded and revarnished. Is it antique desk or Bill?
Option C: Verb is missing. It's a fragment.
Option D: Same as A
Option E: Correct

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Beautifully sanded and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den.

(A) Beautifully sanded and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den. --> "The desk", not "Bill" is "Beautifully sanded and revarnished"
(B) Beautiful, sanded, and revarnished, Bill proudly displayed the antique desk in his den. --> same as A
(C) An antique, and beautifully sanded and revarnished, in his den Bill proudly displayed the desk. --> not parallel
(D) Bill, beautifully sanded and revarnished in the den, proudly displayed the antique desk. --> same as A
(E) Bill proudly displayed the antique desk, beautifully sanded and revarnished, in his den. --> correct
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