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From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

(A) baggage so light
(B) baggage being so light
(C) baggage, yet being so light
(D) baggage, and so light
(E) baggage yet was so light

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21 Aug 2007, 00:09
I think its between D and E.

But "yet" maintains contrast and I believe is better

the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage yet was so light that a person could easily portage it.

I think but, yet & and could be used without a comma. So I guess that should be ok
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21 Aug 2007, 05:05
AimHigher wrote:
go for E

maintains tense and contrast

Agree with him...also 'yet' is correctly used as a coordinating conjunction.
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21 Aug 2007, 06:30
Don't you guys think that E is missing a Comma here?.
I read that YET is always preceded by a comma when comparing two clause.
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21 Aug 2007, 11:36
Use a comma + a little conjunction (and, but, for, nor, yet, or, so) to connect two independent clauses, as in "He hit the ball well, but he ran toward third base.

Here I dont think the second clause can stand on its own.
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Re: SC: Bark of Paper Birth Tree [#permalink]

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21 Aug 2007, 12:36
aanchoo wrote:
From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

(A) baggage so light
(B) baggage being so light
(C) baggage, yet being so light
(D) baggage, and so light
(E) baggage yet was so light

I got E.
But here is my other point:
Shouldn't "which" be next to "canoe" rather than "cedar"?
I know it is not underlined, but this throw me off because I always believe that "which" should come after the noun it modifies.
Any thoughts?
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Re: SC: Bark of Paper Birth Tree [#permalink]

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21 Aug 2007, 16:01
I got E.
But here is my other point:
Shouldn't "which" be next to "canoe" rather than "cedar"?
I know it is not underlined, but this throw me off because I always believe that "which" should come after the noun it modifies.
Any thoughts?[/quote]

Good Catch. You are absolutely right.
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21 Aug 2007, 17:28

Hi , I did not understand what you are requesting for. But if you are looking for the answer, I already mentioned in my earlier post.

Sorry , my mistake. I should have been explicit.
OA is E.
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21 Aug 2007, 19:25
I'm a little inclined towards (C).

Can anybody explain why it is wrong??
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02 Sep 2007, 17:59
aanchoo wrote:

Hi , I did not understand what you are requesting for. But if you are looking for the answer, I already mentioned in my earlier post.

Sorry , my mistake. I should have been explicit.
OA is E.

Hi,
I think he means to say 'underline the inderlined part'.
In an edit post window, there are three buttons up there ^ 'b', 'i' and 'u'.
Use the one with 'u' (underlined)
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02 Sep 2007, 18:28
financeguy wrote:
Yes. What's wrong with C?? Anyone?

"being" is almost always redundant on the GMAT. E is a more concise answer choice.
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02 Sep 2007, 19:59
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Yes. What's wrong with C?? Anyone?

"being" is almost always wrong on GMAT

E is the best choice here.

Maintains contrast.
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Re: SC: Bark of Paper Birth Tree [#permalink]

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16 Apr 2010, 01:12
aanchoo wrote:
From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

(A) baggage so light
(B) baggage being so light
(C) baggage, yet being so light
(D) baggage, and so light
(E) baggage yet was so light

.... Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide [,with small ribs and rails of cedar, {which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage}] yet was so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

here first bolded area tells about how big was a canoe, the second part contrasts that with such huge dimensions it was yet was so light
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Re: SC: Bark of Paper Birth Tree [#permalink]

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25 Apr 2011, 05:29
Wouldn't the sentence be better without "was" in Answer choice E?
(E) baggage yet [highlight]was[/highlight] so light

Can anyone explain why was is needed in this choice?
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