Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
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# Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's

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86. Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War, Horace Pippin, a Black American painter, worked by holding the brush in his right hand and guiding its movements with his left
(A) Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(B) In spite of his right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(C) Because there had been a sniper's bullet during the First World War that crippled his right hand and arm
(D) The right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
(E) His right hand and arm crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
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02 Sep 2004, 08:59
I would go with B
A) uses incorrect tense
C) past perfect is also wrong here
D) sounds as if Horace Pippin was himself and arm
E) active voice is not as good as B's passive voice when describing a condition. Also, this does not establish the contrast as to why Pippin is guiding his painting with another hand as opposed to what "normal" people do.
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02 Sep 2004, 11:38
I think Active voice is the best choice here. I go for E.

In spite would sound better if was contrasting a situation

In spite of X, he achieved Y
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02 Sep 2004, 11:53
I would prefer a B on this.

The second part of the sentence needs a word like inspite of or despite in the first part. B is the only sentence which caters to this need.

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02 Sep 2004, 16:29
(E) for me. I'm not too sure when it comes to 'in spite', 'despite', but they like making some comparisons. So I would think 'in spite of .. bullet in his hand, he still managed to paint'.
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27 Sep 2004, 04:33
Agree on E here. I think there is no inspite of, despite of or because of needed. We can say as a matter of factly manner that the person's right hand is crippled in world and war and he works with his hands in a specifc way.
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27 Sep 2004, 04:51
I was getting a feeling that I had read this question somewhere.
Checked the OG and found it there.

Herez the explanation in OG. Apologize for letting it out early, but was curious to know why A is wrong.

In E, the best answer, the construction His right hand... crippled clearly and grammatically modifies the subject of the sentence, Horace Pippin. In A, the use of the two participles Having and being is ungrammatical. Choice B is awkward and changes the meaning of the original statement: the point is that Pippin's method of painting arose because of, not in spite of, his injury. Choice C is wordy and awkwardly places the clause beginning that crippled... so that it appears to modify the First World War rather than bullet. In choice D, The should be His, and being should be omitted.
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27 Sep 2004, 04:57
I might be wrong.I had read this in Erins' sentence correction forum
about 'being' .So, I eliminated 'A' bcoz of that.

http://www.sentencecorrection.com/forum ... wtopic=323
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27 Sep 2004, 05:13
I remember I already s.... this one...
Is this from the paper tests ?

(A) Having the right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
>>crippled is an adjective here. Sole tense is a gerund, is it a participial cause ? Being so wrong ?

(B) In spite of his right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
>>Being ... so wrong ?

(C) Because there had been a sniper's bullet during the First World War that crippled his right hand and arm
>> tense coherence is ok (past perfect + simple past), Construction with "there are" prohibited so wrong ?

(D) The right hand and arm being crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
>>being... so wrong ?

(E) His right hand and arm crippled by a sniper's bullet during the First World War
>>No verb, no worry

POE -> E

Could someone please comment my notes to know wether I have the good elimination ideas or I am out of the scope
27 Sep 2004, 05:13
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