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

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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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19 Oct 2009, 22:05
Option C and E both have a conjunction "yet". The means whatever is after this conjugation should be parallel with the subject in number and in tense.

E is in past tense which is required here.

Also C uses "being" so it should be avoided if there is another similar option available.
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19 Oct 2009, 23:39
Think this Q tests on modifiers

its clearly between C & E

baggage, yet being so light here baggage is modified it means baggage is so light

E uses it properly
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15 Nov 2009, 12:22
This was a tough one. I originally thought it was A, but upon closer inspection, E does look better.
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15 Nov 2009, 20:49
Ayrish wrote:
Please can anyone help? I chose C.
Cedar, which could carry baggage yet being so light that a person could portage it.

320. 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

E is a right one.

IMO E
yet shows contrast so it is preferred over and.
Being can be removed from c without affecting the meaning. hence. E.
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Please can anyone help? I chose C.
Cedar, which could carry baggage yet being so light that a person could portage it.

320. 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

E is a right one.

Please Don't post the OA right away.

Examine the Main sub and verb.

Menomini crafted a canoe <about...blah blah blah>, which could carry... yet was so light

Canoe could carry .. Yet <canoe> was so light.

So light should modify "Canoe" not "baggage"
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15 Nov 2009, 22:14
That makes a lot more sense. thanks.
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15 Nov 2009, 23:04
Where did this problem come from?
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.... 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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20 Oct 2010, 17:17
Dude - Don't indicate your choice or the correct answer like that in the original post.
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08 Dec 2010, 09:05
@Pkit..

I think the contrast is between...which could carry four persons....yet was so light
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08 Dec 2010, 09:23
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@Pkit..

I think the contrast is between...which could carry four persons....yet was so light

I think that "which could carry four persons" statement additionally supports the idea that the boat was very large, yet so light.
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29 Dec 2010, 05:06
yea E for me. yet is required here. E is the right choice. being doesnt fit well in C
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07 Jan 2011, 10:55
its clearly between C & E........E from me
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25 Mar 2011, 03:44
I chose C first but upon closer inspection E is the only other right choice. If you think about it, C has the word "Being", this is not encouraged in GMAT grammar.
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25 Apr 2011, 06:34
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Ayrish wrote:
Please can anyone help? I chose C.
Cedar, which could carry baggage yet being so light that a person could portage it.

320. 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

E is a right one.

Please Don't post the OA right away.

Examine the Main sub and verb.

Menomini crafted a canoe <about...blah blah blah>, which could carry... yet was so light

Canoe could carry .. Yet <canoe> was so light.

So light should modify "Canoe" not "baggage"

I liked E for obvious reasons. Wouldnt sentence have been better if we have obviated [highlight]"was"[/highlight]?
Is "was" specifically needed in Choice E?
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Can anyone explain why a comma is not right after baggage in the choice E

(E) baggage yet was so light ==> (E) baggage, yet was so light
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Can anyone explain why a comma is not right after baggage in the choice E

(E) baggage yet was so light ==> (E) baggage, yet was so light

There could or could not be a comma around usage of "yet", when acting as a coordinating conjunction. Here is one reference for this:
http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic9434.html#25363
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29 May 2013, 18:09
We have to show contrast so C or E.E is correct because of past tense verb "crafted" and was..reject being as it is not happening right now.
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