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Focusing across several generations, Alex Haley wrote Roots, a novel explaining both his family history and the history of American bigotry.


A. Focusing across several generations

B. Centering around several generations

C. Living through several generations

D. With an eye on several generations

E. Telling of several generations


OA - E. Focusing across is idiomatically incorrect and also logically unsound (focusing on is better). The only choice that is both idiomatically correct and preserves the meaning of the original is E.

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Focusing across several generations, Alex Haley wrote Roots, a novel explaining both his family history and the history of American bigotry.

A. Focusing across several generations
B. Centering around several generations
C. Living through several generations
D. With an eye on several generations
E. Telling of several generations

could not find any loophole. will go with A.
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Is it C? Maybe "Living through several generations" modifies Alex?
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Focusing across several generations, Alex Haley wrote Roots, a novel explaining both his family history and the history of American bigotry.

A. Focusing across several generations
B. Centering around several generations
C. Living through several generations
D. With an eye on several generations
E. Telling of several generations

OA - In a while!



A. "Focusing across": Does not sound like a proper idiom. "Focusing on" is right.
B. "Centering around several" - illogical
C. How can he live through several generations - illogical
E. "Telling of" - Wrong
D. only option left. May not be the best sounding clause, but among the choices, it looks the better option.

D for me
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a novel explaining both his family history and the history of American bigotry.



A -Focusing across several generations - This can mean several generations are in front of Alex, and he is literally focusing on all of them.

B. Centering around several generations - Alex is not centering across several generation but the novel

C. Living through several generations - Alex lived through several generations because the novel explains his family history.
---- Hold it----

D. With an eye on several generations----- Irrelevant -------

E. Telling of several generations - Alex didn't write novel while telling of several generations. Moreover, it has to be the content of the novel that will tell.


According to me, Option C is correct.
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IMO A

A seems to be verb modifier(wrote) with present participle.

OA please.
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Focusing across several generations, Alex Haley wrote Roots, a novel
explaining both his family history and the history of American bigotry.
A. Focusing across several generations
B. Centering around several generations
C. Living through several generations
D. With an eye on several generations
E. Telling of several generations


Please give the reasoning also.
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Not sure but this is my take

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Focusing across several generations, Alex Haley wrote Roots, a novel
explaining both his family history and the history of American bigotry.
A. Focusing across several generations - Focussing across is idiomatically wrong
B. Centering around several generations - MODIFIER ERROR Roots and not Alex Haley should be modified
C. Living through several generations
D. With an eye on several generations
E. Telling of several generations


C, D, and E are grammatically correct
C and D both would be logically correct only Alex Haley himself lived through all those several generation. Since we are not sure how many generations author is talking about, these two options seemed doubtful to me.
On the other hand option E is surely correct irrespective of any other information in the sentence
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Not sure but this is my take

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Focusing across several generations, Alex Haley wrote Roots, a novel
explaining both his family history and the history of American bigotry.
A. Focusing across several generations - Focussing across is idiomatically wrong
B. Centering around several generations - MODIFIER ERROR Roots and not Alex Haley should be modified
C. Living through several generations
D. With an eye on several generations
E. Telling of several generations


C, D, and E are grammatically correct
C and D both would be logically correct only Alex Haley himself lived through all those several generation. Since we are not sure how many generations author is talking about, these two options seemed doubtful to me.
On the other hand option E is surely correct irrespective of any other information in the sentence


Hi sarthaknav

Great analysis. I too eliminated A and B in the same line as u did, but I cudn't decide between D and E so easily.
In E, the adjective 'telling' modifies Alex Haley, a doubtful modification, I think. Telling means: having a striking or revealing effect; significant. Doesn't 'telling' need to modify Roots rather than its writer?
D, on the other hand, could be true even if the author does live through generations himself. He just had an eye on several generations.

Thanks for any help in advance.
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I feel D is better than E. 'Telling of' does not sound right.
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souvik101990 wrote:
Focusing across several generations, Alex Haley wrote Roots, a novel explaining both his family history and the history of American bigotry.

A. Focusing across several generations
B. Centering around several generations
C. Living through several generations
D. With an eye on several generations
E. Telling of several generations

OA - E. Focusing across is idiomatically incorrect and also logically unsound (focusing on is better). The only choice that is both idiomatically correct and preserves the meaning of the original is E.



Hi,
there has been a bit of discussion on this Q over D and E..

Non underlined portion starts with Alex, so the phrase should modify The writer, Alex..

lets see the choices--
A. Focusing across several generations
Clearly a prson cannot be focussing across, Focussing on, would have been correct

B. Centering around several generations
Again wrong modifier, Alex cannot be centering around something, It can be the novel which can be centering around a topic..

C. Living through several generations
Illogical meaning

D. With an eye on several generations
With an eye on -- means to look for an opportunity to take some benefit out of a situation for personal gain
example-- With an eye on next elections, Mr x announced the y scheme..
Although "With an eye on several generations" correctly modifies Alex but is illogical in meaning

E. Telling of several generations
Alex cannot be tellinf of several generations, the novel can be telling about something..

So, there is nothing to choose from here, BUT would surely love to hear about the SOURCE

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souvik101990, GMATNinja, can you please elaborate why choice D is incorrect?
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Bump. Help please! Why is D incorrect and E correct?
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OE please. Not convinced with any of the explanation provided. Please explain each option.
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OE please. Not convinced with any of the explanation provided. Please explain each option.

All choices are wrong.
1. It should be Focusing On
2. Alex can not center around it should be book
3. Illogical Meaning
4. with an eye - demand an firm action from the Subject
5. Telling of - Incorrect Idiom

If anyone knows the right answer plz comment.
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souvik101990 wrote:
Focusing across several generations, Alex Haley wrote Roots, a novel explaining both his family history and the history of American bigotry.


A. Focusing across several generations

B. Centering around several generations

C. Living through several generations

D. With an eye on several generations

E. Telling of several generations


OA - E. Focusing across is idiomatically incorrect and also logically unsound (focusing on is better). The only choice that is both idiomatically correct and preserves the meaning of the original is E.


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Focusing across several generations, Alex Haley wrote Roots, a novel explaining both his family history and the history of American bigotry.


A. Focusing across several generations

B. Centering around several generations

C. Living through several generations

D. With an eye on several generations

E. Telling of several generations


OA - E. Focusing across is idiomatically incorrect and also logically unsound (focusing on is better). The only choice that is both idiomatically correct and preserves the meaning of the original is E.


+1 for E

I'm not sure if there is an idiom issue with E, but my explanation is:

A. Focus across vs focus on idiom. Also, in this sentence, focus implies more precision than "across several generations"

B. Centering around several generations, Alex Haley wrote Roots...
Writing and centering around have a logical mismatch

C. Living through several generations... implies the author himself lived through several generations

Left with D and E, I think you have to look to logic to see which is preferable:

D. With an eye on several generations vs. E. Telling of several generations...
Telling and wrote are more logical in this instance. Perhaps, if Alex Haley were a photographer, the phrase "with an eye on" would be preferable over "telling"

Option E
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chetan2u wrote:
souvik101990 wrote:
Focusing across several generations, Alex Haley wrote Roots, a novel explaining both his family history and the history of American bigotry.

A. Focusing across several generations
B. Centering around several generations
C. Living through several generations
D. With an eye on several generations
E. Telling of several generations

OA - E. Focusing across is idiomatically incorrect and also logically unsound (focusing on is better). The only choice that is both idiomatically correct and preserves the meaning of the original is E.



Hi,
there has been a bit of discussion on this Q over D and E..

Non underlined portion starts with Alex, so the phrase should modify The writer, Alex..

lets see the choices--
A. Focusing across several generations
Clearly a prson cannot be focussing across, Focussing on, would have been correct

B. Centering around several generations
Again wrong modifier, Alex cannot be centering around something, It can be the novel which can be centering around a topic..

C. Living through several generations
Illogical meaning

D. With an eye on several generations
With an eye on -- means to look for an opportunity to take some benefit out of a situation for personal gain
example-- With an eye on next elections, Mr x announced the y scheme..
Although "With an eye on several generations" correctly modifies Alex but is illogical in meaning

E. Telling of several generations
Alex cannot be tellinf of several generations, the novel can be telling about something..

So, there is nothing to choose from here, BUT would surely love to hear about the SOURCE


Hi chetan2u,
About option D, can we not interpret this as Alex Hales had "an eye on several generations" as his target audience for the novel? I know it is a little odd but its better than E which is illogical.
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