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# Foreshortening is the technique used as a painter's

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Foreshortening is the technique used as a painter's attempt to portray three dimensions in a two-dimensional medium.

A. used as a painter's attempt to portray
B. used as a painter's attempt at portraying
C. painters use at trying to portray
D. painters attempt to use to portray
E. used by painters to portray

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14 Nov 2013, 14:58
I had toi choose between C and E and went with C because I should not be changing the meaning of the original sentence. The original sentence says that the technique is an attempt to portray 3D in 2D.... E says that painters use it to (successfully) portray the painting in 2D...
Can someone pls explain what I am missing? Thanks.
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14 Nov 2013, 15:01
if C was "painters use for trying to portray", would it have been correct?
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Updated on: 17 Nov 2013, 20:44
Official Explanation

- This sentence describes a particular technique used by painters. Since using the technique is their attempt, any words suggesting that painters are trying or attempting to portray three dimensions are redundant. Eliminate (A), (B), (C) and (D) for this reason. That leaves choice (E), which gives all the necessary information in the most concise manner.

Both (A) and (B) are not only redundant but are also unidiomatic. Used as an attempt does not work. Be wary of choices (C) and (D); although the GMAT prefers active voice, passive voice is sometimes the more concise choice. Use at, in choice (C), is unidiomatic. In choice (D), the technique is not something painters attempt to use, they simply use it.

Originally posted by avohden on 17 Nov 2013, 20:24.
Last edited by avohden on 17 Nov 2013, 20:44, edited 2 times in total.
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17 Nov 2013, 20:32
avohden wrote:
[u][b]official explanation
Since using the technique is their attempt, any words suggesting that painters are trying or attempting to portray three dimensions are redundant.

Can you explain what you meant by above? The question says that the technique is an attempt made by painters to portray 3D in 2D..... so what are the exact redundant words you are talking abt?
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17 Nov 2013, 20:58
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[u][b]official explanation
Since using the technique is their attempt, any words suggesting that painters are trying or attempting to portray three dimensions are redundant.

Can you explain what you meant by above? The question says that the technique is an attempt made by painters to portray 3D in 2D..... so what are the exact redundant words you are talking abt?

I actually didn't write the explanation. I can only convey my interpretation.

IMO - Look at the definition of technique -
tech·nique noun

: a way of doing something by using special knowledge or skill
: the way that a person performs basic physical movements or skills

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technique

"any words suggesting that painters are trying or attempting to portray" means that the words "trying" and "attempting" are synonymous with technique. So, the sentence is not concise. Removing redundant words make the sentence preferable.
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12 Mar 2017, 00:59
technique used by painters to.. Correct Idiomatic Usage. Hence, E is correct.
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Foreshortening is the technique used as a painter's attempt to portray three dimensions in a two-dimensional medium.

A. used as a painter's attempt to portray
B. used as a painter's attempt at portraying
C. painters use at trying to portray
D. painters attempt to use to portray
E. used by painters to try to portray
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19 Dec 2017, 14:37
Merged topics. Please, search before posting questions!
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26 Dec 2017, 07:13
avohden wrote:
Foreshortening is the technique used as a painter's attempt to portray three dimensions in a two-dimensional medium.

A. used as a painter's attempt to portray
B. used as a painter's attempt at portraying
C. painters use at trying to portray
D. painters attempt to use to portray
E. used by painters to portray

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A. used as a painter's attempt to portray - The technique is used by painter not painter's attempt
B. used as a painter's attempt at portraying -again same mistake as above
C. painters use at trying to portray- unnecessary wordy[/highlight]
D. painters attempt to use to portray- attempt to use is unnecessary wordy[/highlight]
E. used by painters to portray -Correct. Precise use of words
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30 Oct 2018, 10:10
The original sentence is not grammatically incorrect, but it is awkward and poorly structured. Since the intention is to describe a "technique used ...," the sentence should include who is using this technique. Logically, a painter uses foreshortening to achieve a three-dimensional effect.

A quick scan of the beginnings of the choices reveals a 2-2-1 split, with (A) and (B) beginning with "used as," (C) and (D) beginning with "painters," and (E) beginning with "used by."

Eliminate (A) and (B). These choices describe the "technique used as a ... attempt." "Painter's" is used as an adjective describing the attempt, not as the person using the technique.

(C) and (D) deserve careful attention, since they both contain the "painters ... use" structure. Unfortunately, (C) adds the idiomatically incorrect "at trying," and (D) changes the meaning of the original sentence. The painters aren't attempting to use foreshortening; they're attempting to represent three dimensions in two dimensions. Eliminate (C) and (D).

(E) expresses the intended meaning clearly and correctly. It states who is using the technique and retains the original meaning of the sentence.

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