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# Caesarea was Herod s city, founded as a Romanized

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03 Oct 2012, 02:03
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Caesarea was Herod’s city, founded as a Romanized counterweight to Hebraic Jerusalem, and being such it was regarded with loathing by the devout.

(A) being such
(B) as such
(C) for this
(D) so
(E) so being

Can some one explain why
is wrong?
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03 Jul 2014, 14:09
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kinjiGC wrote:
Can somebody explain why option A) is wrong?

Dear kinjiGC,
I'm happy to respond to your private message.

I don't know the source of this question, but to be honest, I don't really like it. It doesn't seem to be as "tight" as the official questions. Here it is:
Caesarea was Herod’s city, founded as a Romanized counterweight to Hebraic Jerusalem, and being such it was regarded with loathing by the devout.
(A) being such
(B) as such
(C) for this
(D) so
(E) so being

Why is (A) wrong? That's a difficult question. The idiom "as such" is very natural sounding in this context ----
[condition] "as such" [consequence of the condition]
Joyce was a great writer, and as such he had patrons throughout Europe.
Osmium is the densest element, and as such it is used for compact heavyweight keels.

The construction "being such" sound incredibly unnatural --- no native speaker would ever say that. I realize that is not a very good explanation, but that's the nature of idioms --- one thing is just what native speakers say, and another isn't. I will say: I have NEVER seen this particular idiom tested anywhere in the official material.

I will say, I can see a very strong argument for (D) in this question --- perhaps (B) is preferable, but I don't believe we can claim that (D) is unambiguously wrong. ON a well-written GMAT SC question, one answer is unambiguously right, and the other four choices are each unambiguously wrong.

I would give this question a grade of a: D. I don't think it's a very good question.

Does all this make sense?
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03 Oct 2012, 05:13
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There are two independent clauses joined by a comma + and.. Therefore we do not need a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, nor, for, yet, so). This eliminates C, D, and E.

I'm not sure of the "technical" reason A is eliminated, but it is overly wordy and thus can be eliminated.

The solution, therefore, is B.

as a side tip - if you don't remember the coordinating conjunctions - you can use the acronym FANBOYS
For
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03 Oct 2012, 03:53
What is te source of this please? Looks a little weird.
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03 Oct 2012, 04:39
a construction with the meaning of because of should come hence there only to contender so and for this
so in GMAt should come wid that not alone
left wid for this
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03 Oct 2012, 05:02
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What is te source of this please? Looks a little weird.

I found this question in urch.com. But it is also there in gmatclub as well.
People have posted solutions for this. I posted this again, without adequate research in our gmatclub forums.

What the past(Found in thread posted in 2005. Hope they are settled with hefty pay cheques) gmatclub members say is that, 2 conjugation should not stick or come one after the other back to back.
Hence they ruled out option C,D & E
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03 Jul 2014, 08:38
Can somebody explain why option A) is wrong?
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