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# I am confused about a problem in Aristotle SC Grail (problem

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I am confused about a problem in Aristotle SC Grail (problem no. 29). The question is below:

The football team, tired after four hours of practice and wanted to reach home
quickly, took a short cut.
A. tired after four hours of practice and wanted to reach home quickly, took a
short cut.
B. tired after four hours of practice and wanting to reach home quickly, took a
short cut.
C. tired after four hours of practice and because they wanted to reach home
quickly, took a short cut.
D. tired after four hours of practice and wanting to reach home quickly, will take
a short cut.
E. tiring after four hours of practice and wanting to reach home quickly, took a
short cut.
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Re: The football team, tired after.... [#permalink]

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09 Feb 2011, 07:33
yeah.. but why?
'tired' is 'participle' whereas 'wanting' is 'simple gerund'.

can participles be parallel to simple gerunds??
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Re: The football team, tired after.... [#permalink]

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09 Feb 2011, 13:43
Both forms (e.g. "tired" and "wanting") reflect stance of the football team. I mean at this very moment they were tired and wanted to reach home quickly (by gerund we are often given an information about a stance of something at some moment of time). So in this case we can have these 2 verb forms in one sentence. However, I don't like using gerund of the verb "to want" very much, sounds bad. But (B) is the best choice among those given.
Correct me, if I'm wrong somewhere.
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15 Feb 2011, 21:26
I don't think 'wanting' is a gerund in this case, I think it's a present participle and 'tired' is a past participle - you can have a participle parallel with another participle, so answer should be B.
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15 Feb 2011, 22:50
Answer is B. Both tired and wanting indicate the state of the football team
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17 Feb 2011, 00:03
gaurav517 wrote:
yeah.. but why?
'tired' is 'participle' whereas 'wanting' is 'simple gerund'.

can participles be parallel to simple gerunds??

Yes. They can be. Refer to this OG problem for more details:

sc-scientists-75261.html
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23 Feb 2011, 08:31
yes, refer to the question "gmatpapa" has referred you to...exact example.

this a good example of 2 events, one happened in the past while the second continuous.

B it is
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23 Feb 2011, 21:59
This is an excellent question. I wasn't aware of this concept. Thanks guys
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24 Feb 2011, 07:19
I think -ing (present participle) form of 'to want' is not used frequently and that would make that sound a bit weird. But it's the best answer.
wanting is more appropriate than 'wanted' here.
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