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In the early 1920s, prospector Robert Flaherty made a documentary film

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In the early 1920s, prospector Robert Flaherty made a documentary film called Nanook of the North that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

a) that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

b) ,displaying the manner in which an arctic Inuit family may have lived before European influence.

c) ,for displaying what an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living would be before the Europeans influenced it.

d) that display an Arctic Inuit family's living manner before the European influence.

e) to display what manner of living an Arctic Inuit family have had before European influence.
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Navinder wrote:
In the early 1920s, prospector Robert Flaherty made a documentary film called Nanook of the North that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

a) that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

b) ,displaying the manner in which an arctic Inuit family may have lived before European influence.

c) ,for displaying what an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living would be before the Europeans influenced it.

d) that display an Arctic Inuit family's living manner before the European influence.

e) to display what manner of living an Arctic Inuit family have had before European influence.

Dear Navinder,

I'm happy to help. :-) The theme of this question is near and dear to me, since I remember seeing the film Nanook of the North when I was a kid in school.

I added the underlining. Please underline when you post a SC question. I also italicized the name of the classic film.

My friend, I am sorry to say: this is an atrocious question. It has a large number of problems. If you got this out of book, I recommend setting fire to that book. This question will not prepare you for the GMAT at all.

Among other problems, this question has made some awkward choices with punctuation. A choice in a GMAT SC question NEVER begins with a punctuation mark. If some choices, here (B) & (C), are going to begin with a comma, and others aren't, the GMAT would underline the previous word, to show the break, as follows:
In the early 1920s, prospector Robert Flaherty made a documentary film called Nanook of the North that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.
A) North that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

B) North, displaying the manner in which an arctic Inuit family may have lived before European influence.

C) North, for displaying what an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living would be before the Europeans influenced it.

D) North that display an Arctic Inuit family's living manner before the European influence.

E) North to display what manner of living an Arctic Inuit family have had before European influence.


The entire sentence is awkward. It is as if it were written by someone who doesn't understand English completely. One has to be a complete expert in the English language before one can legitimately write SC questions and offer then as teaching tools to others.

Choice (A) has not obvious grammar mistake, although it is awkward, not the way a well-spoken native speaker would convey that information.
In Choice (B), the hypothetical verb "may have lived" changes the meaning. This is wrong.
In Choice (C), the "for displaying" is extremely awkward. This is wrong.
Choice (D) has a very basic SVA error, "that display." This is wrong.
Choice (E) also has a very basic SVA error, "have had." This is wrong.

The wrong answer are ridiculously easy to spot. This is not at all the nature of the wrong answers on the real GMAT.

I would give the source that published it a grade of F on this question. It is irredeemably bad.

Here's a blog with much better SC practice questions:
GMAT Sentence Correction: the “Due To” Mistake

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Re: In the early 1920s, prospector Robert Flaherty made a documentary film  [#permalink]

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Navinder wrote:
In the early 1920s, prospector Robert Flaherty made a documentary film called Nanook of the North that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

a) that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

b) ,displaying the manner in which an arctic Inuit family may have lived before European influence.

c) ,for displaying what an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living would be before the Europeans influenced it.

d) that display an Arctic Inuit family's living manner before the European influence.

e) to display what manner of living an Arctic Inuit family have had before European influence.

Dear Navinder,

I'm happy to help. :-) The theme of this question is near and dear to me, since I remember seeing the film Nanook of the North when I was a kid in school.

I added the underlining. Please underline when you post a SC question. I also italicized the name of the classic film.

My friend, I am sorry to say: this is an atrocious question. It has a large number of problems. If you got this out of book, I recommend setting fire to that book. This question will not prepare you for the GMAT at all.

Among other problems, this question has made some awkward choices with punctuation. A choice in a GMAT SC question NEVER begins with a punctuation mark. If some choices, here (B) & (C), are going to begin with a comma, and others aren't, the GMAT would underline the previous word, to show the break, as follows:
In the early 1920s, prospector Robert Flaherty made a documentary film called Nanook of the North that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.
A) North that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

B) North, displaying the manner in which an arctic Inuit family may have lived before European influence.

C) North, for displaying what an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living would be before the Europeans influenced it.

D) North that display an Arctic Inuit family's living manner before the European influence.

E) North to display what manner of living an Arctic Inuit family have had before European influence.


The entire sentence is awkward. It is as if it were written by someone who doesn't understand English completely. One has to be a complete expert in the English language before one can legitimately write SC questions and offer then as teaching tools to others.

Choice (A) has not obvious grammar mistake, although it is awkward, not the way a well-spoken native speaker would convey that information.
In Choice (B), the hypothetical verb "may have lived" changes the meaning. This is wrong.
In Choice (C), the "for displaying" is extremely awkward. This is wrong.
Choice (D) has a very basic SVA error, "that display." This is wrong.
Choice (E) also has a very basic SVA error, "have had." This is wrong.

The wrong answer are ridiculously easy to spot. This is not at all the nature of the wrong answers on the real GMAT.

I would give the source that published it a grade of F on this question. It is irredeemably bad.

Here's a blog with much better SC practice questions:
GMAT Sentence Correction: the “Due To” Mistake

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)


Thanks Mike for your help in editing the question.

Regarding the question. This is something I would have wanted to hear while posting this question. I too think that this is a ridiculous question. Can you also tell me if use of displaying in choice B is correct.

Also people might want to know the source. It is 800score
Thanks Mike.
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mikemcgarry wrote:
Navinder wrote:
In the early 1920s, prospector Robert Flaherty made a documentary film called Nanook of the North that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

a) that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

b) ,displaying the manner in which an arctic Inuit family may have lived before European influence.

c) ,for displaying what an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living would be before the Europeans influenced it.

d) that display an Arctic Inuit family's living manner before the European influence.

e) to display what manner of living an Arctic Inuit family have had before European influence.

Dear Navinder,

I'm happy to help. :-) The theme of this question is near and dear to me, since I remember seeing the film Nanook of the North when I was a kid in school.

I added the underlining. Please underline when you post a SC question. I also italicized the name of the classic film.

My friend, I am sorry to say: this is an atrocious question. It has a large number of problems. If you got this out of book, I recommend setting fire to that book. This question will not prepare you for the GMAT at all.

Among other problems, this question has made some awkward choices with punctuation. A choice in a GMAT SC question NEVER begins with a punctuation mark. If some choices, here (B) & (C), are going to begin with a comma, and others aren't, the GMAT would underline the previous word, to show the break, as follows:
In the early 1920s, prospector Robert Flaherty made a documentary film called Nanook of the North that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.
A) North that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

B) North, displaying the manner in which an arctic Inuit family may have lived before European influence.

C) North, for displaying what an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living would be before the Europeans influenced it.

D) North that display an Arctic Inuit family's living manner before the European influence.

E) North to display what manner of living an Arctic Inuit family have had before European influence.


The entire sentence is awkward. It is as if it were written by someone who doesn't understand English completely. One has to be a complete expert in the English language before one can legitimately write SC questions and offer then as teaching tools to others.

Choice (A) has not obvious grammar mistake, although it is awkward, not the way a well-spoken native speaker would convey that information.
In Choice (B), the hypothetical verb "may have lived" changes the meaning. This is wrong.
In Choice (C), the "for displaying" is extremely awkward. This is wrong.
Choice (D) has a very basic SVA error, "that display." This is wrong.
Choice (E) also has a very basic SVA error, "have had." This is wrong.

The wrong answer are ridiculously easy to spot. This is not at all the nature of the wrong answers on the real GMAT.

I would give the source that published it a grade of F on this question. It is irredeemably bad.

Here's a blog with much better SC practice questions:
GMAT Sentence Correction: the “Due To” Mistake

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)


Dear Mike,
Please explain me the usage of have had . Whenever I see this word i just guess . Thanks :)
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Dear Mike,
Please explain me the usage of have had . Whenever I see this word i just guess . Thanks :)

Dear anje29,

My friend, you need to understand the use of the perfect tenses. That blog is a starting point.

Since this relatively common structure confuses you, this suggests to me that you need to make big improvements on the verbal side. See:
How to Improve Your GMAT Verbal Score

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Navinder wrote:
In the early 1920s, prospector Robert Flaherty made a documentary film called Nanook of the North that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

a) that would display an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living before the influence of Europeans.

b) ,displaying the manner in which an arctic Inuit family may have lived before European influence.

c) ,for displaying what an Arctic Inuit family's manner of living would be before the Europeans influenced it.

d) that display an Arctic Inuit family's living manner before the European influence.

e) to display what manner of living an Arctic Inuit family have had before European influence.


Dear Navinder,

This may not be a good quality question as mike has pointed out, however what is the OA according to the source , if you can please clarify.
Some out us out of sheer curiosity would just like to know the OA.
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