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19 Aug 2008, 03:32
Griffith's cameraman Bitzer was a mechanical wizard, and what skill was lacking in his visual composition was more than compensated by his ability to combine gadgets and props to produce the required cinematic effects.

(A) what skill was lacking in his visual composition was more than compensated by
(B) what skills he was lacking in visual composition, he more than compensated for in
(C) whatever his visual composition lacked, he more than compensated in
(D) whatever skills he lacked in visual composition, he more than compensated for by
(E) he more than compensated his lack of visual composition with

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19 Aug 2008, 04:14
E.

Others are either passive or wordy.
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19 Aug 2008, 04:34
hibloom wrote:
Griffith's cameraman Bitzer was a mechanical wizard, and what skill was lacking in his visual composition was more than compensated by his ability to combine gadgets and props to produce the required cinematic effects.

(A) what skill was lacking in his visual composition was more than compensated by
(B) what skills he was lacking in visual composition, he more than compensated for in
(C) whatever his visual composition lacked, he more than compensated in
(D) whatever skills he lacked in visual composition, he more than compensated for by
(E) he more than compensated his lack of visual composition with

B

Down to B & D for me. Couldn't decide if "was lacking" or "lacked" is correct, so looked for other differences b/w the choices. "compensated for in" is better than "compensated for by."
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19 Aug 2008, 05:03
hibloom wrote:
Griffith's cameraman Bitzer was a mechanical wizard, and what skill was lacking in his visual composition was more than compensated by his ability to combine gadgets and props to produce the required cinematic effects.

(A) what skill was lacking in his visual composition was more than compensated by
(B) what skills he was lacking in visual composition, he more than compensated for in
(C) whatever his visual composition lacked, he more than compensated in
(D) whatever skills he lacked in visual composition, he more than compensated for by
(E) he more than compensated his lack of visual composition with

IMO E)
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19 Aug 2008, 10:55
Griffith's cameraman Bitzer was a mechanical wizard, and

what skill was lacking in his visual composition was more than compensated by

his ability to combine gadgets and props to produce the required cinematic effects.

(A) what skill was lacking in his visual composition was more than compensated by
==============CORRECT

(B) what skills he was lacking in visual composition, he more than compensated for in
xxxx compensated for in is wrong

(C) whatever his visual composition lacked, he more than compensated in
xxx he lack, instead of the visual composition lacked

(D) whatever skills he lacked in visual composition, he more than compensated for by
xxx should be compensated more than

(E) he more than compensated his lack of visual composition with
xxx should be compensated more than
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19 Aug 2008, 11:15
His lack of is better than – “whatever skills he lacked” and “what skills he was lacking”

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19 Aug 2008, 11:52
Compensated for is not ok in that case. I think that compensated by or with are the correct choices. Now, between A and E- i'm not sure. E sounds better. What is the OA?
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19 Aug 2008, 12:10
I got E, because the subject should parallel as he (eliminating A), it should all be in the past preterite tense (compensated, lacked (not was lacking)) (B), and I am fairly certain "compensated in his ability" uses a wrong preposition, but compensated with is correct. E seemed to be the most concise, the other choices being awkward and using unecessary words.
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19 Aug 2008, 14:46
hibloom wrote:
Griffith's cameraman Bitzer was a mechanical wizard, and what skill was lacking in his visual composition was more than compensated by his ability to combine gadgets and props to produce the required cinematic effects.

(A) what skill was lacking in his visual composition was more than compensated by
(B) what skills he was lacking in visual composition, he more than compensated for in
(C) whatever his visual composition lacked, he more than compensated in
(D) whatever skills he lacked in visual composition, he more than compensated for by
(E) he more than compensated his lack of visual composition with

Also go for A.
BCD are run-on.

E is awakward and dangling.
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19 Aug 2008, 15:57
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19 Aug 2008, 20:18
zoinnk wrote:

This is run-on for me.

if it is OA, then how it is not run-on.

anybody? SC expert.
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19 Aug 2008, 20:32
GMAT TIGER wrote:
zoinnk wrote:

This is run-on for me.

if it is OA, then how it is not run-on.

anybody? SC expert.

can you point out where you think the run-on problem begins? looks like 2 sentences joined by and to me...
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20 Aug 2008, 08:07
zoinnk wrote:
GMAT TIGER wrote:
zoinnk wrote:

This is run-on for me.

if it is OA, then how it is not run-on.

anybody? SC expert.

can you point out where you think the run-on problem begins? looks like 2 sentences joined by and to me...

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Griffith's cameraman Bitzer was a mechanical wizard, and what skills he was lacking in visual composition, he more than compensated for in his ability to combine gadgets and props to produce the required cinematic effects.

I believe "Griffith's cameraman Bitzer was a mechanical wizard, and what skills he was lacking in visual composition" is one independent clause.

"he more than compensated for in his ability to combine gadgets and props to produce the required cinematic effects" is another.

So how they are combined/joined by a conjunction?
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20 Aug 2008, 10:16
GMAT TIGER wrote:
I believe "Griffith's cameraman Bitzer was a mechanical wizard, and what skills he was lacking in visual composition" is one independent clause.

"he more than compensated for in his ability to combine gadgets and props to produce the required cinematic effects" is another.

So how they are combined/joined by a conjunction?

that's not the right division:

Griffith's cameraman Bitzer was a mechanical wizard.

and

What skills he was lacking in visual composition, he more than compensated for in his ability to combine gadgets and props to produce the required cinematic effects.
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20 Aug 2008, 16:47
What skill he was lacking.... I think "what" introduce a subordinate clause
so we have IC And SC+IC

zoinnk wrote:
GMAT TIGER wrote:
I believe "Griffith's cameraman Bitzer was a mechanical wizard, and what skills he was lacking in visual composition" is one independent clause.

"he more than compensated for in his ability to combine gadgets and props to produce the required cinematic effects" is another.

So how they are combined/joined by a conjunction?

that's not the right division:

Griffith's cameraman Bitzer was a mechanical wizard.

and

What skills he was lacking in visual composition, he more than compensated for in his ability to combine gadgets and props to produce the required cinematic effects.

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