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

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18 Aug 2017, 06:20
BKimball wrote:
Let's take a look at some of the other issues in this question:

"being" --> This word is almost always wrong. There's really no reason to ever use it unless you're referring to an "alien being" or a "human being." The reason is that it simply does not add any value to the sentence. The following two sentences mean the same thing:

"Because I was being so cold, I put on a jacket."
"Because I was cold, I put on a jacket."

This is a simple example, but notice how the question above plays with this exact same concept.

"yet" --> When we use the conjunction "yet" or "but" we're indicating a contrast:

"I love cheese, but I hate cream cheese." --> There's a contrast here, so I'd use "but" or "yet."
"I love pizza, and I love lasagna." --> No contrast here, so we use "and."

Notice how the answer choices here play with your ability to decide whether you need to use "yet" or "and."

Just wanted to take this question a bit further. It's always good to dissect an OG problem in as many ways as you possibly can.

Hello Brett,

May you give us some comments about the too far placement of "which", why is such too far placement permitted?

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15 Apr 2019, 01:51
prasannar wrote:
The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 10th Edition, 2003

Practice Question
Question No.: SC 114
Page: 670

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

Structure (,) + conjuction only connect clause > Eliminate C,D.
A. Eliminate because we couldn't connect to main clause.
B. being > Kill
E. use "was" to make up a verb clause, connect 2 Verb by conjunction
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30 Jun 2019, 19:40
prasannar wrote:
The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 10th Edition, 2003

Practice Question
Question No.: SC 114
Page: 670

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

Nice problem, I could answer this correctly after going through Manhattan prep. We can any of FANBOYS similarly. Here they wanted to use YET as we use AND to form compound verb.

A. Construction is correct but logic wise it is not correct. Because SO LIGHT THAT conveys purpose. But we don't have any pose in the sentence.

B.Being should not be used ad ING-modifier. So incorrect

C. Construction is wrong. Being is also not properly used: No subject for being.

D. Subject is missing for SO LIGHT.

E.Correct in all ways. Here they used Sub + verb1 + yet + verb2 construction.
In place of YET, we can use any of FANBOYS based on the situation.

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11 Dec 2019, 06:20
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.

In this sentence, I am not able to figure out to what the word "which" is referring to. Is it referring to cedar because its a noun right before the comma or to rails of cedar or to the prepositional phrase "with small ribs and rails or cedar" or to canoe. Can someone pls help me with this ?
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13 Dec 2019, 22:40
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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.

In this sentence, I am not able to figure out to what the word "which" is referring to. Is it referring to cedar because its a noun right before the comma or to rails of cedar or to the prepositional phrase "with small ribs and rails or cedar" or to canoe. Can someone pls help me with this ?

Strictly from a meaning perspective the "which" must refer to canoe, because rails / ribs / cedar cannot be easily portage around rapids.

Can you please explain how can "which" refer to such a far away noun?
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13 Dec 2019, 23:43
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This is an official question. What is the point in doubting a non-underlined part that is not a decisive factor? We should concentrate on the real issue of the question about whether 'so light' can modify the baggage or whether it is parallel to use a coordinate conjunction with a modifying phrase such as yet in the second part while the first part is a clause, or why we do not require a comma before "and" in E, in which
a predicate follows the coordinate conjunction in the second half. (refer to Dmitry's comment" in this post.}

For academic interest, however, it is okay to say that 'which' can refer to the somewhat distant 'canoe" since it is the only structure available in all the five choices.
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14 Dec 2019, 00:11

I would like to talk about 'being',being is a state that means that it is in a state of lightness,This makes no sense the canoe cannot choose to be light at sometimes and heavy in the others.. and thus don't make sense.

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 baggage is so light? wrong
(B) baggage being so light same as A, baggage is being light and not the cannoe
(C) baggage, yet being so light explained above,wrong
(D) baggage, and so light and does not present a contrast to the situation.the meaning is not very clear with 'and'
(E) baggage yet was so light clear crisp meaning canoe was so light.
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14 Dec 2019, 07:57
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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

hard question.
between choice C and E.
"yet" in choice C is adverb, and, so, is correct. being in choice C can modify the preceding phrase. this is grammatical. so, the error can only be meaning errors, normally the hard point of sc.
when used with the main clause, doing show a second action not separate from the main action. in short, two actions are two aspects of one action.

I learn gmat, making my thinking more logic

this point is hard. we have to know that the two actions are one action.

if we want to show two actions separate, we use "and", to show the same meaning or "but" or "yet" to show contrast.
it is really hard to know wheather the two actions are separate or not separate. many questions in og test us to choose between "comma+doing' and " do and do". in fact, the questions test us separation of the two actions

in this problem, this test is repeated. two actions are separate here and, so, "yet" is used.
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24 Jan 2020, 10:01
I was down to C and E. I chose C because I thought FANBOYS says you need a comma before the yet. Can anyone clarify?
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