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# From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a

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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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24 Jul 2008, 10:24
E

In D: that modifies light
E: that modifies: a canoe
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24 Jul 2008, 11:01
hanumayamma wrote:
E

In D: that modifies light
E: that modifies: a canoe

isn't ambigous that "was so light" refers to "baggage" or "canoe"
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24 Jul 2008, 11:14
x2suresh wrote:
hanumayamma wrote:
E

In D: that modifies light
E: that modifies: a canoe

isn't ambigous that "was so light" refers to "baggage" or "canoe"

..some xyz.. canoe... , 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.

canoe could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage.
still canoe was so light that a person can easily portage....

"was so light" is referring to canoe.

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24 Jul 2008, 11:20
chan4312 wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
hanumayamma wrote:
E

In D: that modifies light
E: that modifies: a canoe

isn't ambigous that "was so light" refers to "baggage" or "canoe"

..some xyz.. canoe... , 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.

canoe could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage.
still canoe was so light that a person can easily portage....

"was so light" is referring to canoe.

.E.

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24 Jul 2008, 12:03
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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

This SC is testing for contrast using a conjunction "yet"
The canoe was heavy yet it was easy to manveur.

A,B,D don't bring out the contrast

=>OUT

Between C and E:

In C the comma before "yet" is an error.

2 ICs are joined by Co-ordinating conjunctions without the comma.

E wins.
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24 Jul 2008, 13:48
What does ICs mean?

I didn't choose C because of the "being" -
1. Being is discouraged in GMAT (but not wrong)
2. The whole tone of the sentence is in the past, therefore, "was" should be used.

Please correct me if I'm way off. Thanks.

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goalsnr 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

This SC is testing for contrast using a conjunction "yet"
The canoe was heavy yet it was easy to manveur.

A,B,D don't bring out the contrast

=>OUT

Between C and E:

In C the comma before "yet" is an error.

2 ICs are joined by Co-ordinating conjunctions without the comma.

E wins.
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24 Jul 2008, 17:20
What does ICs mean?

I didn't choose C because of the "being" -
1. Being is discouraged in GMAT (but not wrong)
2. The whole tone of the sentence is in the past, therefore, "was" should be used.

Please correct me if I'm way off. Thanks.

goalsnr wrote:
goalsnr 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

This SC is testing for contrast using a conjunction "yet"
The canoe was heavy yet it was easy to manveur.

A,B,D don't bring out the contrast

=>OUT

Between C and E:

In C the comma before "yet" is an error.

2 ICs are joined by Co-ordinating conjunctions without the comma.

E wins.

IC - independent clause.

See my earlier post to see why C is wrong.
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