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# Clark and Florence Wallace, a husband-and-wife medical team,

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Clark and Florence Wallace, a husband-and-wife medical team, worked steadily and efficiently through the night, but sipping their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented.
(A) sipping their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented
(B) sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed to be disoriented, she noticed
(C) as they sipped their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented
(D) as they were sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed, she noticed, disoriented
(E) he seemed disoriented, she noticed, sipping their coffee the next morning

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28 Jul 2006, 07:57
ps_dahiya wrote:
I think this one is D.

Will explain if correct.

Too many commas in D. The sentence reads really choppy.

(C) is my pic for concise clarity.

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28 Jul 2006, 08:22
GMATT73 wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
I think this one is D.

Will explain if correct.

Too many commas in D. The sentence reads really choppy.

(C) is my pic for concise clarity.

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Don't we need past continuous???
"As they sipped their coffee": Is this conyeing the correct meaning??
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28 Jul 2006, 08:34
I agree with dahiya on this. We do need past continuous tense.
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28 Jul 2006, 09:49
rkatl wrote:
OA: C

"as they sipped" does look proper here.
IMO we this sentence should be in Past Continuous Tense.

Any OE for this SC?

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28 Jul 2006, 10:32
Clark and Florence Wallace, a husband-and-wife medical team, worked steadily and efficiently through the night, but sipping their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented.
(A) sipping their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented
(B) sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed to be disoriented, she noticed
(C) as they sipped their coffee the next morning, she noticed that he seemed disoriented
(D) as they were sipping their coffee the next morning, he seemed, she noticed, disoriented
(E) he seemed disoriented, she noticed, sipping their coffee the next morning

ps_dahiya wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
I think this one is D.

Will explain if correct.

Too many commas in D. The sentence reads really choppy.

(C) is my pic for concise clarity.

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Don't we need past continuous???
"As they sipped their coffee": Is this conyeing the correct meaning??

Past continous is used to denote that an action was in progress at the time another action began example - I was jogging when she arrived

OR that two or more actions were happening simultaneously - while i was jogging she was singing.

Hence I agree with PS that the use of past continous would be appropriate because while the action of 'noticing' would have been virtually instantaneous, the 'sipping' would possibly have continued even after that.
So the sequence of events could have been - they were "sipping" when she "noticed"

However - and PS please correct me if I am wrong - the use of the adverbial "as" (as they sipped their coffee she noticed that...) establishes the fact that the "noticing" happened while the "sipping" was going on - by using a simple past tense alone. And as we are all too familiar GMAT would avoid using the -ing form wherever possible.

D has the other problem of being wordy and inconcise. I chose C as well on this...
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28 Jul 2006, 11:03
dwivedys,
thanks a lot. Please bear with me...

Don't you think it conveys the meaning "the moment they sipped their coffee, she noticed....."
If this is the meaning that the original sentence is conveying then answer should be C otherwise D. But how will you analyze the meaning of original sentence?
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28 Jul 2006, 11:33
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dwivedys,
thanks a lot. Please bear with me...

Don't you think it conveys the meaning "the moment they sipped their coffee, she noticed....."
If this is the meaning that the original sentence is conveying then answer should be C otherwise D. But how will you analyze the meaning of original sentence?

I see what you mean..

I think we can debate on this whether the act of "noticing" coincided with the first sip of the coffee (and possibly as soon as the noticing concluded so did the sipping too) but it would be pedantic at best IMO.

I ruled out D only because the last part of the construct seemed to be incorrect with the commas et al. C just seemed more straightforward.

But you are right, it could have been very tricky..
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28 Jul 2006, 13:23
I picked C... they sipped and she noticed at that moment... 1 thing followed another one... they might have been sipping for a while, but she noticed it AT THE EXACT sipping moment.
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28 Jul 2006, 14:14
C is the one.

A: sipping their coffee cannot modify 'she'
B: same as above
D: unnecessary change of tense, too wordy
E: same as A,B
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31 Jul 2006, 16:36
I'll go with C.

E just doesn't make any sense. A & B use 'sipping' which does not work in this instance.

C is clear and to the point. I think that D could work as well, but this seems to be a prime example of unnecessary wordiness.
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01 Aug 2006, 05:15
u2lover wrote:
I picked C... they sipped and she noticed at that moment... 1 thing followed another one... they might have been sipping for a while, but she noticed it AT THE EXACT sipping moment.

Yup C here.... But i get what Dahiya is saying...

I think D can be ruled out bcos of the latter part, which is awkward.
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