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Bricolage is an unusual art form because it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs not usually employed by fine artists.

A. because it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs

B. because it is formed of materials like knickknacks and cast-offs that are

C. because it is formed of materials, like knickknacks and cast-offs, materials

D. in that its formation, materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs, is

E. in that it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs, materials
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Is D the correct answer? I am afraid not. It must be a typo; D is a total distortion of original meaning saying the art itself is not used by the artists. In addition, the modifier phrase -materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs - stands aloof without being able to modify anything.

Actually this is good topic and it is testing whether a sentence is structured giving due importance to the various parts. Here the question is what is not usually used by the artists or what the phrase -not usually employed by fine artists- is modifying. Is it the materials or the examples? If you say that the examples are the ones the modifier modifies, then we are restricting the modifier to just those two items. In fact, it is a lot more number of materials including among them the two examples that these artists do not usually employ. The original falls into this sly trap. Whereas E cleverly overcomes the pitfall, by employing a resumptive modifier- namely materials, to remind us that it is the materials that are being in fact modified rather than just the examples alone. Therefore, E must be the correct choice.

Of course, B, C are dropped for using like to describe examples.
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04 Mar 2015, 20:31
Among Options
D is out its formation is
we use such as for examples not like
B and C is Out.

Between A and E
A is run on sentence that is such as knickknacks and castoffs not usually employed
Option E is corect.

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Bricolage is an unusual art form because it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs not usually employed by fine artists.

A) because it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs

B) because it is formed of materials like knickknacks and cast-offs that are

C) because it is formed of materials, like knickknacks and cast-offs, materials

D) in that its formation, materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs, is

E) in that it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs, materials

Magoosh can you help between option A and E

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I think it's A. We can consider 'such as ...Cast offs 'a modifier and hence can decide between A and E

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20 Jun 2017, 02:56
When we want give examples, like must not be used. Correct usage is such as, so it's A or E or D. D makes no sense in terms of meaning so A or E. A feels like a long run on sentence to me. I'd go with E.

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20 Jun 2017, 03:47
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I think it's A. We can consider 'such as ...Cast offs 'a modifier and hence can decide between A and E

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The reasoning i got from the source guide was- In option A the "not usually employed ..." modifies cast off instead of materials. But in my understanding a noun modifier touch rule can be separated from its actual noun in following cases-
1- when appositive phrase is used ( noun phrase modifying a noun)
2- small prepositional phrases and example phrases ( eg. the use of such as in the given question)
3- When a restrictive modifier is placed between -noun and non restrictive modifier. ( restrictive = vital or essential modifier )

And hence I chose A, as the option E seems to be weird (" in that ").

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20 Jun 2017, 03:50
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When we want give examples, like must not be used. Correct usage is such as, so it's A or E or D. D makes no sense in terms of meaning so A or E. A feels like a long run on sentence to me. I'd go with E.

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Problem with E was the use of "In that it is"- it sounds funny.

if you have come across any such question where "In that" and "Because" were being tested. Please share, it would be really helpful.

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1. A GMAT Prep question - The OA is D.

The parachute-like membranes of Africa’s scaly-tailed flying squirrels differ from those of the flying squirrels in the family Sciuridae because they are attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of the wrist.

A. because they are attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of
B. because of being attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow rather than at
C. in their attachment to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of being attached at
D. in that they are attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow rather than at
E. in their being attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of

2. An OG question- the OA is E.
Teratomas are unusual forms of cancer because they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone not normally found in the organ in which the tumor appears.

(A) because they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone
(B) because they are composed of tissues like tooth and bone that are
(C) because they are composed of tissues, like tooth and bone, tissues
(D) in that their composition, tissues such as tooth and bone, is
(E) in that they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone, tissues

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Bricolage is an unusual art form because it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs not usually employed by fine artists.

A) because it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs

B) because it is formed of materials like knickknacks and cast-offs that are

C) because it is formed of materials, like knickknacks and cast-offs, materials

D) in that its formation, materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs, is

E) in that it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs, materials

Between A and E ..

A is not clear , The placement of "not usually employed by fine artists" seems wrong.
i think ,
it is formed of materials ,such as knickknacks and cast-offs,[/b][/u] not usually employed by fine artists.--comma before and after "such as" would have made it clearer......

E is fine ..in that is ok ..materials not usually employed by fine artists--absolute phrase...
E is better and clear than B

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1. A GMAT Prep question - The OA is D.

The parachute-like membranes of Africa’s scaly-tailed flying squirrels differ from those of the flying squirrels in the family Sciuridae because they are attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of the wrist.

A. because they are attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of
B. because of being attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow rather than at
C. in their attachment to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of being attached at
D. in that they are attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow rather than at
E. in their being attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of

2. An OG question- the OA is E.
Teratomas are unusual forms of cancer because they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone not normally found in the organ in which the tumor appears.

(A) because they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone
(B) because they are composed of tissues like tooth and bone that are
(C) because they are composed of tissues, like tooth and bone, tissues
(D) in that their composition, tissues such as tooth and bone, is
(E) in that they are composed of tissues such as tooth and bone, tissues

Dear Sir,

Many thanks for the examples. Though I am able to understand why the answer to the first example is D. ( And now I am able to make my peace with "In that", really thanks), the second example is same as the question in the first place. How E is better than A?

The reasoning i got from the source guide was- In option A the "not usually employed ..." modifies cast off instead of materials. But in my understanding a noun modifier touch rule can be separated from its actual noun in following cases-
1- when appositive phrase is used ( noun phrase modifying a noun)
2- small prepositional phrases and example phrases ( eg. the use of such as in the given question)
3- When a restrictive modifier is placed between -noun and non restrictive modifier. ( restrictive = vital or essential modifier )

Or is it because in the option A meaning changes? Now as I am reading i am finding USE OF BECAUSE wrong. ( The better use of Because would have been- "He said that teratomas are unusual form of cancer because ...."- He stated a fact because he was aware of the fact that teratomas are composed of tissues such ....)

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pulkitaggi wrote:
Bricolage is an unusual art form because it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs not usually employed by fine artists.

A) because it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs

B) because it is formed of materials like knickknacks and cast-offs that are

C) because it is formed of materials, like knickknacks and cast-offs, materials

D) in that its formation, materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs, is

E) in that it is formed of materials such as knickknacks and cast-offs, materials

Between A and E ..

A is not clear , The placement of "not usually employed by fine artists" seems wrong.
i think ,
it is formed of materials ,such as knickknacks and cast-offs,[/b][/u] not usually employed by fine artists.--comma before and after "such as" would have made it clearer......

E is fine ..in that is ok ..materials not usually employed by fine artists--absolute phrase...
E is better and clear than B

I am able to see what you are saying. The use of THOSE ARE after cast-off might make the sentence better ( using a demonstrative ).

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E is correct; it is absolute phrase.
B and C are wrong.
D is out because of "its", also, the meaning has changed from "materials" to "formations"
A is no good

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