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# Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic

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Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered $1,000 to do so. A. Charles Lindbergh, for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he therefore B. When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he C. Since he was very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, so Charles Lindbergh D. Being very reluctant to carry any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight was the reason that Charles Lindbergh E. Very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane when he attempted his solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh Please explain. If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! Senior Manager Joined: 15 Aug 2007 Posts: 252 Schools: Chicago Booth Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 70 [0], given: 0 Re: SC :Charles Lindbergh [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Mar 2008, 20:25 I like E A has bad contruct after first comma which is not an exact modifier of noun Avoided sentenses with being Since... so - not a good contruct E pronouns are sometimes allowed to refer nouns that come later, so best of the lot. Manager Joined: 05 Feb 2007 Posts: 140 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 7 Re: SC :Charles Lindbergh [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Mar 2008, 20:29 get rid of B and D for it's use of "being" get rid of C because of it's use of "so" I don't like how E starts with "very reluctant" Then I went with A despite feeling like the modification might be slightly off, it seems parethetical to me and works. Senior Manager Joined: 15 Aug 2007 Posts: 291 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 98 [0], given: 0 Re: SC :Charles Lindbergh [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Mar 2008, 20:48 sreehari , please could you explain the contruct problem of A in bit details. Thanks a lot. Senior Manager Joined: 15 Aug 2007 Posts: 252 Schools: Chicago Booth Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 70 [0], given: 0 Re: SC :Charles Lindbergh [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Mar 2008, 21:39 Two reasons - it's not an adjective modifier of noun preceding it, second don't think "attempt at" is idiomatic. Senior Manager Joined: 15 Aug 2007 Posts: 291 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 98 [0], given: 0 Re: SC :Charles Lindbergh [#permalink] ### Show Tags 14 Mar 2008, 04:06 Late ... yes u r correct- shreehari Could you ( i mean all guys too ) comment on my analysis below the following > In commas we generally in commas put the part of the sentence that just add extra information to the whole sentence. So if we remove them the meaning doesn't change. Charles Lindbergh , for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight, was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane , he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered$1,000 to do so.

I have trimmed the extra info.
=> Charles Lindbergh was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane despite being offered $1,000 to do so. But we loose here a very cursial info about 1 pound of mail. Else I think it should be 2 sentences, Charles Lindbergh , for his attempt at a solo transatlantic flight,was very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane ,and he therefore refused to carry even a pound of mail,despite being offered$1,000 to do so.

Do you think A is run-on ?
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14 Mar 2008, 08:31
A is definitely a run on, it needs a semi-colon
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14 Mar 2008, 09:14
giantSwan wrote:
get rid of B and D for it's use of "being"
get rid of C because of it's use of "so"

I don't like how E starts with "very reluctant"

Then I went with A despite feeling like the modification might be slightly off, it seems parethetical to me and works.

So GMAT does not like a sentence starting with 'being'?
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14 Mar 2008, 23:19
Most of the times use of "being" cause redundancy. Thats the reason I foucus on other options first. But I found in 1/10 that the option with being is correct.
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14 Mar 2008, 23:21
OA is E.
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