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# I warned my sister not to open the soda can because Uncle

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I warned my sister not to open the soda can because Uncle [#permalink]

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22 Sep 2010, 07:38
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I warned my sister not to open the soda can because Uncle Fred had shaken it up when he grabbed it from the refrigerator.
(A) had shaken it up when he grabbed it
(B) had shook it up when he grabbed it
(C) had shooken it up when he grabbed it
(D) had shaken it up; he grabbed it
(E) had shook it up, grabbing it

Also tell me if this sentence is correct if it had been one of the options?

I warned my sister not to open the soda can because Uncle Fred had shaken it up, grabbing it, from the refrigerator.

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22 Sep 2010, 07:57
A only seems fine to me.
C, D, E are clearly out.
B - 'had shook' seems incorrect. I believe 'had' was not required.
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22 Sep 2010, 08:20
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Think A.
B) Had+past participle of shake is required. Shook is past simple of shake
C) Shooken?? I am pretty sure it isn't a valid word. One thing is GMAT will never never never give an option that has an incorrect word like this.
D) Unnecessary usage of ";"
E) Usage of "," incorrect.

The commas create some kind of parallelism which isn't required here. The sentence merits a past perfect tense which creates a timeline..... had shaken it after he grabbed it.

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22 Sep 2010, 08:53
Great explanation zuperman. +1 for A.
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22 Sep 2010, 09:48
i think A. the had shaken makes sense with grabbed (past perfect).
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22 Sep 2010, 11:08
Sequence of events need past participle for uncles action...so had shaken it is fine. D choice has same but then comma is not required to break the sequence of event.

IMO A
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22 Sep 2010, 11:46
i dont think this is a gmat type question.
questions like this dont come.

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23 Sep 2010, 00:06
I got this in powerscore.May be these type que are rare Aman.

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23 Sep 2010, 01:49
the past perfect implies that he shook the can before he grabbed it!!!
that means uncle frank is superman
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23 Sep 2010, 07:28
A for me.

Though this question is good for practice it is not a representative of gmat type question.

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Re: I warned my sister not to open the soda can because Uncle [#permalink]

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