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# Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong,

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Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, jazz singer Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened out the melodic contours of tunes, and, in effect, recomposed songs to suit her range, style, and artistic sensibilities.

A. Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened.
B. Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat, flattening.
C. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.
D. Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening.
E. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.

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21 Oct 2006, 13:21
I think the modifier "Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong" should modify the technique/qpproach of Billie Holiday instead of Billie Holiday herself.

So it boils down to A,B

Between A and B original stands IMO

So I pick A(not 100% sure though )

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21 Oct 2006, 20:03
wud go wit h C

I think the modifier "Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong" should modify Billie Holiday herself rather than the technique/qpproach of Billie Holiday.

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21 Oct 2006, 20:10
freak_out wrote:
wud go wit h C

I think the modifier "Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong" should modify Billie Holiday herself rather than the technique/qpproach of Billie Holiday.

Hmmm...I think you may be correct...I was hell confused with this SC...

Would wait for the SCs gurus to pitch in

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22 Oct 2006, 07:35
I think its E

Correct modifier "Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong" modifies Billie Holiday.

Correct comparison of her voice with instruments.
Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.

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22 Oct 2006, 07:40
Yes should be E....

In C.... you cannot use like + verb musicians played should be used as in that case....

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22 Oct 2006, 08:08
E 2
its the modifier deliberating... refers to Billie H
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22 Oct 2006, 09:48
Allen760 wrote:
Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, jazz singer Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened out the melodic contours of tunes, and, in effect, recomposed songs to suit her range, style, and artistic sensibilities.

A. Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened.
B. Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat, flattening.
C. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.
D. Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening.
E. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.

In E - "using her voice like other musicians instruments" seems awkward
musicians' instruments would have been more appropriate.

in C - "like other musicians played instruments" -- incorrect GMAT usage of LIKE

In A and B - it wasn't the APPROACH that was imitating .. so out.

I think D it is.

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22 Oct 2006, 11:37
If the OA is not (D), I'm frigging out of my mind !
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22 Oct 2006, 19:24
trivikram wrote:
I think the modifier "Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong" should modify the technique/qpproach of Billie Holiday instead of Billie Holiday herself.

So it boils down to A,B

Between A and B original stands IMO

So I pick A(not 100% sure though )

Who can imitate the technique? Billie or Billie's approach?

I think the modifier should be Billie Holiday
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22 Oct 2006, 23:42
Who/What imitated the technique of Louis Armstrong?
Billie Holiday or Billie Holidayâ€™s approach. It has to be Billie Holiday who imitated the approach. Her approach can't imitate.

A and B out.
C and E are out for using like when comparing verbs.

One more for D.

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23 Oct 2006, 04:48
Allen760 wrote:
Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, jazz singer Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened out the melodic contours of tunes, and, in effect, recomposed songs to suit her range, style, and artistic sensibilities.

A. Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened.
B. Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat, flattening.
C. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.
D. Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening.
E. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.

D

A and B out since they imply that Billie Joel's approach imitated Louis.

C - highlighted part reads awkward.
E - incorrectly implies that she used her voice like she would use use other musicians' instruments.

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23 Oct 2006, 07:45
anandsebastin wrote:
Allen760 wrote:
Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, jazz singer Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened out the melodic contours of tunes, and, in effect, recomposed songs to suit her range, style, and artistic sensibilities.

A. Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened.
B. Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat, flattening.
C. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.
D. Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening.
E. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.

D

A and B out since they imply that Billie Joel's approach imitated Louis.

C - highlighted part reads awkward.
E - incorrectly implies that she used her voice like she would use use other musicians' instruments.

(D) compares "voice ...in the same way musicians use their instruments" - InCORRECT
In the original sentence the comaprison is with the instrumnent and not the way it is played. Also as pointed out by SimaQ that like can only be used with noun,pronoun and verb+ing form.Hence (C) is incorrect.
(A) and (B) are totally out because they compare Louis Armstrong with Billie Holidayâ€™s approach.
(E) is the best.

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23 Oct 2006, 08:14
Caught between D and E.

D is more wordy and I like E.

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23 Oct 2006, 08:34
Allen760 wrote:
Deliberately imitating the technique of Louis Armstrong, jazz singer ......... out the melodic contours of tunes, and, in effect, recomposed songs to suit her range, style, and artistic sensibilities.

A. Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice like an instrument, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattened.
B. Billie Holidayâ€™s approach to singing was to use her voice in a similar way to how other musicians play instruments, in ranging freely over the beat, flattening.
C. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians played instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.
D. Billie Holiday used her voice in the same way that other musicians use their instruments, in that she ranged freely over the beat, flattening.
E. Billie Holiday approached singing by using her voice like other musicians Instruments, ranging freely over the beat, flattening.

A and B - no ; BH is imitating, not her approach
C - yes ; parallelism between 'approached .. recomposed..' / parallelism betweeb 'ranging... flattening' / 'like' works fine for me
D - no ; flattening shoudn't modify ranged
E - no ; the verb is missing in the 'like' structure, creating a link between instruments and ranging, instruments and flattening

(C) - OA ?

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