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Being a United States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author Bharati Mukherjee has lived in England and Canada, and first came to the United States in 1960 to study at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
A. Being a UNited States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author BM has
B. Having been a United States citizen since 1988, she was born in Calcutta in 1940; author BM
C. Born in Calcuta in 1940, author BM became a United States citizen in 1988; she has
D. Being born in Calcutta in 1940 and having been a United States citizen since 1988, author BM
E. Having been born in Calcutta in 1940 and being a United States citizen sinc 1988, author BM

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12 Dec 2008, 16:07
Being a United States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author Bharati Mukherjee has lived in England and Canada, and first came to the United States in 1960 to study at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

A. Being a UNited States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author BM has
B. Having been a United States citizen since 1988, she was born in Calcutta in 1940; author BM
C. Born in Calcuta in 1940, author BM became a United States citizen in 1988; she has
D. Being born in Calcutta in 1940 and having been a United States citizen since 1988, author BM
E. Having been born in Calcutta in 1940 and being a United States citizen sinc 1988, author BM - correct.

I think it should be E.
A and C are out because "has lived " is not correct form
B is awkward construction
Between D and E, E is more precise. Having been born sounds more correct than Being born.

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12 Dec 2008, 20:46
I'll go with E.
we have 2 parallelisms : The modifiers and the verbs
The modifiers : Being a United States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940 must have the same form, not being and born
The verbs : has lived in ( present perfect) and came ( simple past) must be parallel.

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12 Dec 2008, 23:22
nganle08 wrote:
Being a United States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author Bharati Mukherjee has lived in England and Canada, and first came to the United States in 1960 to study at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
A. Being a UNited States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author BM has
B. Having been a United States citizen since 1988, she was born in Calcutta in 1940; author BM
C. Born in Calcuta in 1940, author BM became a United States citizen in 1988; she has
D. Being born in Calcutta in 1940 and having been a United States citizen since 1988, author BM
E. Having been born in Calcutta in 1940 and being a United States citizen sinc 1988, author BM

I don't see what's wrong with the present perfect ("has lived in England and Canada"). The author could be living in Canada at this very moment.
Also, 99 times out of 100, "being" is incorrect on the GMAT.
C is my choice

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13 Dec 2008, 12:19
I will go with D.

"since 1988" requires perfect continuous tense. Hence, "having been....since 1988" is a better choice.

Moreover, Since the entire sentence is in past tense, "has lived" does not make sense. A simple past "lived" is preferred.

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13 Dec 2008, 15:56
nganle08 wrote:
Being a United States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author Bharati Mukherjee has lived in England and Canada, and first came to the United States in 1960 to study at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
A. Being a United States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author BM has
B. Having been a United States citizen since 1988, she was born in Calcutta in 1940; author BM
C. Born in Calcuta in 1940, author BM became a United States citizen in 1988; she has
D. Being born in Calcutta in 1940 and having been a United States citizen since 1988, author BM
E. Having been born in Calcutta in 1940 and being a United States citizen since 1988, author BM

My answer is C. I've just tried to point out mistakes/errors in the choices, but there should be more errors that are not pointed out.

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13 Dec 2008, 17:21
nganle08 wrote:
Being a United States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author Bharati Mukherjee has lived in England and Canada, and first came to the United States in 1960 to study at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
A. Being a UNited States citizen since 1988 and born in Calcutta in 1940, author BM has
B. Having been a United States citizen since 1988, she was born in Calcutta in 1940; author BM
C. Born in Calcuta in 1940, author BM became a United States citizen in 1988; she has
D. Being born in Calcutta in 1940 and having been a United States citizen since 1988, author BM
E. Having been born in Calcutta in 1940 and being a United States citizen sinc 1988, author BM

Many logics to solve this:

1. Being is wordy. eliininate A, D and E

IN B and C

B uses a semicolon

semicolon needs format Independent clause 1 ; Independent clause 2 ( IC 1 related to IC2)

Here First clause is not independent..as we dont know the subject ( who was born and who became the citizen)

Choose A

(although If A was not a good optin, try in for sentences with being)

However, here A uses semicolon in the correct way, opening modifies correctly modifies Bharathi Mukherjee ( author) and is concise

2. ( Think of tenses when sentence has more than one action and at different intervals of time)

as you see each event has a year, so even with any kind of perfect tenses, we can clearrly know the sequence

( only event for which year has not been mentioned -while BM lived in England and canada--so we need perfect tenses there)

so, "having been" is incorrect and also changes the meaning..

B. D and E can be eliminated on this basis

A--Chronological order is absurd..BM was born and then in some point of life, she became a ciitzen

A reverses the order

Choose C

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15 Dec 2008, 16:57
Thanks everyone.
OA is C.
OE is "in this sentence, the sequence of events is expressed logically, grammatically, and concisely in each indepdendent clause. "Born in Calcutta in 1940" is a logically and grammatically correct way to begin the sentence, and this modifying phrase must be immediately followed by the noun it modifies, "author BM". "Being....since" is an awkward, wordy construction better replaced by the more direct "became a US citizen in 1988". Since the original phrase "being..." has been made into a main clause with this change, a semicolon should separate it from the second main clause beginning "she has lived".

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