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Maintaining that, in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style, Virginia Woolf was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion, overlooks how she meticulously planned each page so that every sentence conformed to an ultimate conception she had before even writing the first page.

A) Maintaining that, in adhering to a stream-of-conscious style,Virginia Woolf was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion, overlooks
B) Maintaining that, in sacrificing unity and cohesion to adhere to a stream-of-consciousness style, Virginia Woolf overlooks
C) To maintain that Virginia Woolf, in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style, was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion is to overlook
D) To maintain that an adherence to a stream-of-consciousness style forced Virginia Woolf to sacrifice unity and cohesion, overlooking
E) To maintain that Virginia Woolf was forced in sacrificing unity and cohesion to adhere to a stream-of-consciousness style overlooks

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Maintaining that, in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style, Virginia Woolf was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion, overlooks how she meticulously planned each page so that every sentence conformed to an ultimate conception she had before even writing the first page.

A) Maintaining that, in adhering to a stream-of-conscious style,Virginia Woolf was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion, overlooks
B) Maintaining that, in sacrificing unity and cohesion to adhere to a stream-of-consciousness style, Virginia Woolf overlooks
C) To maintain that Virginia Woolf, in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style, was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion is to overlook
D) To maintain that an adherence to a stream-of-consciousness style forced Virginia Woolf to sacrifice unity and cohesion, overlooking
E) To maintain that Virginia Woolf was forced in sacrificing unity and cohesion to adhere to a stream-of-consciousness style overlooks



Option - C , "in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style" rightly modifies Virginia Woolf...

Parallelism maintained forced to - is to
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Maintaining that, in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style, Virginia Woolf was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion, overlooks how she meticulously planned each page so that every sentence conformed to an ultimate conception she had before even writing the first page.

A) Maintaining that, in adhering to a stream-of-conscious style,Virginia Woolf was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion, overlooks
Here we have strange meaning: Maintaining ... overlooks
Also we have comma between subject Maintaining and verb overlooks

B) Maintaining that, in sacrificing unity and cohesion to adhere to a stream-of-consciousness style, Virginia Woolf overlooks
Change of meaning: Viriginia not overlooks
Maintaining does not has a verb

C) To maintain that Virginia Woolf, in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style, was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion is to overlook
Correct. Here we have unusual parallel construction: To maintain ... is to overlook (to maintain is subject)

D) To maintain that an adherence to a stream-of-consciousness style forced Virginia Woolf to sacrifice unity and cohesion, overlooking
to maintain is subject and it doesn't have a verb (overlooking is not a verb)

E) To maintain that Virginia Woolf was forced in sacrificing unity and cohesion to adhere to a stream-of-consciousness style overlooks
To maintain is subject and overlooks is verb so we have to maintain ... overlooks - strange meaning
Also in original text we have meaning that Woolf was forced to sacrifice unity...
and in this version we have different version: Woolf was forced ... to adhere to a stream
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"Maintaining that, in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style, Virginia Woolf was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion," Cant this phrase be considered a gerund? If yes, then what would be wrong with the original sentence?
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"Maintaining that, in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style, Virginia Woolf was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion," Cant this phrase be considered a gerund? If yes, then what would be wrong with the original sentence?


Hi TheMastermind ,

I am happy to help. :)

If you are saying "Maintaining that, in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style, Virginia Woolf was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion" is a gerund then it must have a noun to which is modifying after comma.

But in the original sentence, we have "overlooks" - a verb. Hence, what you said is incorrect.

The reason C is correct is that "To maintain that Virginia Woolf, in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style, was forced to sacrifice unity and cohesion" is a phrase acting as a subject.

Does that make sense?
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I guess "in adhering to a stream-of-consciousness style" lies between 2 commas so that the meaning is more clear, and the the phrase is unimportant and redundant.
both patterns in C and E are frequently tested in gmat test prep.
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(A) There are a couple of issues, both very subtle, going on here. First off, “the maintaining” is not doing the overlooking. Yes, this is very nitpicky, and, in of itself, would never make or break an answer. Coupled with the second issue, however, we have an answer choice that falls short of being the best answer. The second issue is the comma between “cohesion” and “overlooks”. We do not want a comma to separate the noun phrase from its verb. To make this easier to see, get rid of the phrase set off by commas (“in adhering to a stream…”). This level of subtly is only something you’d see on the most difficult SC questions.

(B) Here we have a blatant change in meaning: Woolf is now doing the “overlooking”.

(C) The two verb forms, “to maintain” and “to overlook” are parallel to indicate a logical comparison: To do X is to do Y. The absence of a comma between “cohesion” and “is” correctly highlights this logical comparison (A comma would have represented an unnatural break: To do X, is to do Y”

(D) In lacking an actual verb to the sentence (overlooking is a participle), (D) results in a sentence that is not actually a sentence.

(E) creates a disruption between “forced” and “to”. Perhaps more salient is the fact that the meaning, “forced in adhering to a stream-of-conscious style”, is changed to “forced in sacrificing unity…to adhere to a stream-of-conscious…”
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