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# Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter she being

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Project SC Butler: Day 115 Sentence Correction (SC1)

Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

A) Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the

B) Although Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she was a pioneer in self-portraiture: the

C) Caterina von Hemessen was a pioneer in self-portraiture, although she was not an especially talented painter, the

D) Not an especially talented painter, Caterina von Hemessen was, however, a pioneer in self portraiture, and the

E) Not an especially talented painter but a pioneer in self-portraiture, Caterina von Hemessen being the

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Project SC Butler: Day 115 Sentence Correction (SC1)

Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

A) Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the

B) Although Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she was a pioneer in self-portraiture: the

C) Caterina von Hemessen was a pioneer in self-portraiture, although she was not an especially talented painter, the [COMMA SPLICE]

D) Not an especially talented painter, Caterina von Hemessen was, however, a pioneer in self portraiture, and the

E) Not an especially talented painter but a pioneer in self-portraiture, Caterina von Hemessen being the

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

Meaning: A woman who was not an especially talented painter was nonetheless a pioneer in self portraiture. She was the first painter to paint herself sitting at an easel, setting a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, van Gogh, Chagall, and many other artists.

• COLONS are tested by GMAC

Colons on the GMAT generally

-- introduce a list
There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall that is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you. -- Winston Churchill

-- say something more about a sentence, often something that follows logically from the first sentence (as in this sentence)
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. -- Martin Luther King. Jr

-- introduce a quote
In a skit, Robin Williams once seemed to sum up his own essence in two short sentences: "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."

Colons must follow one rule: Whatever precedes the colon must be a full sentence (an independent clause with a subject and verb).

Quote:
A) Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

she being a pioneer in self-portraiture is nonsensical.
-- the sentence makes it sound as if she was not a very talented painter because she was a pioneer in self-portraiture. But the second part of the sentence explains that she was a pioneer because others followed her example.
-- no contrast exists. Nothing in the sentence suggests, "Although she had limited talent, she did set an important trend." No "although" word exists. Eliminate A

Quote:
B)Although Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she was a pioneer in self-portraiture: the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

This one works. Although she was not XYZ, she WAS (strangely enough) a pioneer in ABC, in which she started a trend that other great artists followed.

Quote:
C) Caterina von Hemessen was a pioneer in self-portraiture, although she was not an especially talented painter, the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

-- This sentence is a weird comma splice ("run on"). When two independent clauses are (illegally) joined by nothing more than a comma, the sentence is wrong. In this sentence we have
#1 An independent clause: CVH was a pioneer in self-portraiture

#2 A dependent clause: although she was not an especially talented painter
#3 Another independent clause: the Flemish artist was the first . . ., a trend that was followed . . .

We need an AND after self-portraiture.
-- The logic is not clear, and certainly not as clear as B. The first and last (independent) clauses agree with each other, but this set up makes the repetition seem redundant rather than, as is the case in B, helpful to explain what seems like a contradiction
Eliminate C.

Quote:
D) Not an especially talented painter, Caterina von Hemessen was, however, a pioneer in self portraiture, and the [/i] Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

-- In a strict grammar sense, nothing is wrong with this sentence
-- Its meaning is weird; the conjunction AND joins two parts of the sentence that say the same thing.
Weird meaning: Not really A, CVH was, however, a pioneer in B and she was the first to do B
Eliminate D

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E) Not an especially talented painter but a pioneer in self-portraiture, Caterina von Hemessen being the[/i] Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

• This sentence says that because CVH was "the Flemish artist," she was the first to paint herself seated at an easel.
• The use of being makes no sense. We have an introductory adjective phrase that seems to modify "CVH being the Flemish painter."
Eliminate E

These answers are all very good.
I wrote my answer before I reviewed the posters here.

As I reviewed answers, I noticed that each poster had written at least one shrewd or sophisticated comment.
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So I decided to write down just one thing that stood out from each post.
(Your post may have had more than one thing I liked. I just happened to choose the one you see below.)

Bombsante , analyzing option A in terms of meaning
No contrast is presented.

deepshikha12 , also commenting on A
a. comma + she being ... is not correctly communicating the intended meaning
b. the sentence is not showing intended contrast of CVH not an exception artist but started a trend

baru , Commenting on the use of colons,
Rule: A colon is used to introduce a second sentence that clarifies the first sentence.

avin2788 (belated welcome to GMAT Club!) , getting to the heart of the problem with (C)
The main error is connecting two independent clauses by just a comma (, the....)

GKomoku , displaying a good strategy in commenting on D (in multiple choice, compare)
Generally this sentence structure is not conveying intended meaning as required, and this choise is not as good as B, so out)

Nicely done, everyone. Kudos to all.
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Sentence meaning:
- Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter,
- she being a pioneer in self-portraiture:
- the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel,
- a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

The sentence is suggesting that CVH, while was a pioneer in self-portraiture, was not an especially talented painter. CVM was the Flemish Renaissance artist and was also the first to paint herself seated at an easel. This started a trend, which was further followed by famous artists.

Error analysis:
a. comma + she being ... is not correctly communicating the intended meaning
b. the sentence is not showing intended contrast of CVH not an exception artist but started a trend

Choice c is reflecting the meaning correctly.
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Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

The sentence intends to explain that though Caterina was not a talented painter, she was a pioneer in self-self-portraiture. She was the first to paint herself seated and this set off a trend which was followed by great painters as well.

A) Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the

The choice is not reflecting the intended meaning. No contrast is presented. Also use of being creates illogical meaning. Incorrect choice.

B) Although Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she was a pioneer in self-portraiture: the

IMO this should be the best choice. It presents the contrast well and at least I am not able to find any errors as of now. The first one is an DC which is followed by an IC.

C) Caterina von Hemessen was a pioneer in self-portraiture, although she was not an especially talented painter, the

IMO in this choice first one is an IC which is followed by DC which is in between commas. this presentation is incorrect since the information is vital to the meaning of the sentence. Either the DC should be set off by a ; or should be connected to the next clause by conjunctions (FANBOYS)

D) Not an especially talented painter, Caterina von Hemessen was, however, a pioneer in self portraiture, and the

Use of and the tries to bring in parallel structure between pioneer in self portraiture and the artist being the first one to paint herself seated. distorts the meaning & not required.

E) Not an especially talented painter but a pioneer in self-portraiture, Caterina von Hemessen being the

Use of being distorts the meaning. Incorrect.
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PEOPLE CAN STILL POST ANSWERS AND GET KUDOS.

I WILL WAIT 24 MORE HOURS TO POST THE OFFICIAL EXPLANATION (OE).

deepshikha12 , because you were brave and posted first (well done!),
and because your analysis is very close to being correct, you get kudos.

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Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

Intended Meaning :
Caterina was not a talented painter but a self portraiture.
She was a Flemish Renaissance artist .
First to paint herself seated at an easel , a trend that was followed by many.

Error Analysis for Option A :

She being was a pioneer in self-portraiture

being used in this sentence does not convey the intended meaning .
Use of : is correct . Colon can be used in situations where we intend to explain some thing like A: [Define A ]
Rule: A colon is used to introduce a second sentence that clarifies the first sentence.

A) Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the - Wrong for above reasons

B) Although Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she was a pioneer in self-portraiture: the -- Correct , this sentence corrects the error by replacing being with was.

C) Caterina von Hemessen was a pioneer in self-portraiture, although she was not an especially talented painter, the -- Wrong : pioneer in self-portraiture should link to Flemish Re

D) Not an especially talented painter, Caterina von Hemessen was, however, a pioneer in self portraiture, and the -Wrong ,Parallelism error

E) Not an especially talented painter but a pioneer in self-portraiture, Caterina von Hemessen being the--Wrong for the same reason as A , being --was
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Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

A) Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the

No contrast word is used in the above to display contrast between CVH not talented.... and pioneer is self-portraiture; "she being.." conveys illogical meaning.

B) Although Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she was a pioneer in self-portraiture: the

displays correct contrast by using "Although". "she was.." also conveys the meaning clearly. Hence Correct Answer.

C) Caterina von Hemessen was a pioneer in self-portraiture, although she was not an especially talented painter, the

The main error is connecting two independent clauses by just a comma (, the....).

D) Not an especially talented painter, Caterina von Hemessen was, however, a pioneer in self portraiture, and the

Wordy sentence, B displays better construction. Further, connecting the sentence with "and" is gramatically correct but displays illogical meaning of the word "trend" in non-underlined part of the sentence. a trend cannot be being a pioneer in self portraiture.

E) Not an especially talented painter but a pioneer in self-portraiture, Caterina von Hemessen being the

Same errors repeated as in A.
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Project SC Butler: Day 115 Sentence Correction (SC1)

Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.

Meaning analysis:

The main idea and contrast of the sentence is concentrated in underlined part.
The Author wants to say that even if Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she was a pioneer in self-portraiture
and
the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.
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Error analysis:

Attachment:

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We have two IC joined by colon.

1 IC: Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture - "being" is wrong here, it is not part of the passive continuous contractions or not a noun.
This structure fails to convey intended contrast.
If we replace "being" with "was", the meaning is good, but the grammar is awful, we will have two IC joined my only comma.
It will be much better to have one DC with contrasting conjunction and one full IC.

2 IC:
the Flemish Renaissance artist was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, a trend that was followed by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Chagall, and countless others.
"the" before" Flemish Renaissance artist - makes us 100% clear that FR artist is Caterina von Hemessen
Moreover this shows connection between two IC.

So we need to look for the answer choice that corrects issue with 1 IC.

POE

A) Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she being a pioneer in self-portraiture: the

B) Although Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she was a pioneer in self-portraiture: the
(so far so good, let's keep this answer)

C) Caterina von Hemessen was a pioneer in self-portraiture, although she was not an especially talented painter, the
(we have two big IC connected by simple comma, moreover initial contrast is shifted and distorted intended meaning)

D) Not an especially talented painter, Caterina von Hemessen was, however, a pioneer in self portraiture, and the
(the structure is quite challenging here, "and" parallelism marker - followed by full clause, hence we need some full clause before "and" - but precedeing clause seems not paralle to the following one. Generally this sentence structure is not conveying intended meaning as required, and this choise is not as good as B, so out)

E) Not an especially talented painter but a pioneer in self-portraiture, Caterina von Hemessen being the
(seems this answer choice collected all the errors from previous answer choices
opening n+nm modifies CvH, but being - is wrong here, main SV pair is - CvH was the first to paint herself seated at an easel, not bad but not as elegant as B.
MOREOVER:
But and however can often be used interchangeably. Since “but” and “however” perform the same function in a sentence, it’s not appropriate to use them together.)

B) Although Caterina von Hemessen was not an especially talented painter, she was a pioneer in self-portraiture: the

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We have only B left, indeed it is the answer
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