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Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest

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Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered, with a tendency for mood swings.

A) Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered, with a tendency for mood swings
B) Richard, of all my friends, is the person closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings
C) Of all my friends, Richard is the person that is closest to me although he is sometimes hot tempered along with having a tendency for mood swings
D) Richard, of all my friends, is the closest person to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered and has a tendency for mood swings
E) Richard, of all my friends, is the person who is the closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings
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25 Mar 2006, 20:08
Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered, with a tendency for mood swings.

A) Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered, with a tendency for mood swings [Not Parallel]
B) Richard, of all my friends, is the person closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings [Correct]
C) Of all my friends, Richard is the person that is closest to me although he is sometimes hot tempered along with having a tendency for mood swings [wrong usage of along with]
D) Richard, of all my friends, is the closest person to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered and has a tendency for mood swings [Correct phrase would be 'the person closest to me' and not the 'closest person'.]
E) Richard, of all my friends, is the person who is the closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings [Wordy compared to B]

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25 Mar 2006, 20:11
D) Richard, of all my friends, is the closest person to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered and has a tendency for mood swings

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25 Mar 2006, 20:24
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Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered, with a tendency for mood swings.

A) Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered, with a tendency for mood swings
B) Richard, of all my friends, is the person closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings
C) Of all my friends, Richard is the person that is closest to me although he is sometimes hot tempered along with having a tendency for mood swings
D) Richard, of all my friends, is the closest person to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered and has a tendency for mood swings
E) Richard, of all my friends, is the person who is the closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings

A is somewhat redundant with " the person who is" ( because we already have "of all my friends" . Besides, i remember Paul said that using preposition in the closure of a sentence is not favored --> A is out.

I cross B right away coz of the usage of "being" which is not favored in GMATland.

" closest to " in C must be " the closest to" --> C is out.

D looks fine.

E. Again, the usage of "being" .

D it is.

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25 Mar 2006, 21:36
Agree with Lax, (D) it is. "close" also has a figurative meaning.

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25 Mar 2006, 23:06
"D" it is.

Paul, thanks for the treat, please correct me if I've missed anything in the post mortem!

A) Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered, with a tendency for mood swings
>> "who is" is not needed. "with tendency..." doesn't sound good.

B) Richard, of all my friends, is the person closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings
>> I think this has reference problem. Who is hot tempred? Who has mood swings? Also, "as well as" usage may not be correct here.

C) Of all my friends, Richard is the person that is closest to me although he is sometimes hot tempered along with having a tendency for mood swings
>> "that" usageis wrong, "who" is better, still will be wordy. "along with having" sounds awkward

D) Richard, of all my friends, is the closest person to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered and has a tendency for mood swings
>> Good! Has clear references. "the closest person to me", "he is sometimes X & he has Y"

E) Richard, of all my friends, is the person who is the closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings
>> Wordy again.

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26 Mar 2006, 02:41
^ D ^

B) we should use "the" before closest and "being" is not preferrable

C) "that" and "along with" do not sound good to me

E) "being" is not prefferable and "having.." doesn't sound good

It is for certain between A and D. A can be tought as wordy because of "the person who is the closest to me ". "the closest person to me " in D is better.

Paul, do you think "Richard, of all my friends, is.." has no problem? Wouldn't it be better if we used "Of all my friends, Richard is.." ?

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26 Mar 2006, 07:21
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Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered, with a tendency for mood swings.

A) Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered, with a tendency for mood swings
B) Richard, of all my friends, is the person closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings
C) Of all my friends, Richard is the person that is closest to me although he is sometimes hot tempered along with having a tendency for mood swings
D) Richard, of all my friends, is the closest person to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered and has a tendency for mood swings
E) Richard, of all my friends, is the person who is the closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings

A. "with a tendency for mood swings" not correct as you said in your earlier post that its a breach of grammatical etiquette.
B and C are are totaly unidiomatic expression with "being and having". "that" in C is totally unacceptable.
D.
E. is same as B and C.

finally "Of all my friends, Richard is the closest person........." is better than "Richard, of all my friends, is the closest person.........".

at the same time, the gmat tests what the best is among the available not what would be the best among the unavailable.

So the question is ok..

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26 Mar 2006, 20:42
D it is.

Richard, of all my friends, is the closest person to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered and has a tendency for mood swings

-Use of commas makes the sentence more clear.
-'the closest person' is also properly used.
-He is A and has B. Right structure.

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27 Mar 2006, 03:21
Between A and D, I would go with A.

In D, " is the closest person to me" doesn't seem right.

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27 Mar 2006, 15:10
D seems correct

Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered, with a tendency for mood swings.

A) Of all my friends, Richard is the person who is the closest to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered, with a tendency for mood swings
hot tempered, with a tendency - ungrammatical
B) Richard, of all my friends, is the person closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings
improper use of as well as having tendency ....
C) Of all my friends, Richard is the person that is closest to me although he is sometimes hot tempered along with having a tendency for mood swings
same problem as in B
D) Richard, of all my friends, is the closest person to me despite the fact that he is sometimes hot tempered and has a tendency for mood swings
Correct
E) Richard, of all my friends, is the person who is the closest to me despite being sometimes hot tempered as well as having a tendency for mood swings

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27 Mar 2006, 16:55
OA is B
A) awkwardly ends with a prepositional phrase and is wordy with the introduction of relative clause "who"
B) "as well as" can be used as a conjunction or a preposition. When used as a preposition, it is indeed a parenthetical element and the following verb should be singular
eg Mike, as well as Ron, is the best person for the challenge.
The above gives an example of the use of "as well as" as a preposition. In the original question, "as well as" is used as a conjunction and can be used in the same terms as "and"
C) again, wordy with the introduction of restrictive clause "that". "along with" is also wrong usage
D) "despite the fact that" is redundant and hence wordy. You can see that redundancy here: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/ ... redundancy
"despite being" in B is more concise.
E) again, "who" clause is wordy

Whether we put "person closest to me" or "closest person to me" is about semantics. While in the former, the emphasis is on the closeness of the relationship, the latter is more about "the closest person" himself.

As for the use of "being", most people would agree that it is most commonly wrong in GMAT world but in this case it is not. This is because of (1) the redundancy in D which I previously explained and (2) "despite" is usually followed by a gerund phrase (-ing).
eg Despite being so tall, Sue wears small size shoes
You can see an example here where "being" is properly used in "despite being offered \$1,000 to do so" http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... +lindbergh

For more information on the use of being, you can read Erin's post here: http://www.sentencecorrection.com/forum ... wtopic=323
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27 Mar 2006, 21:11
Paul wrote:
OA is B

cannot belive it....

Guys, i guess we all, except vipin, were while answering this question. right???????????????

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27 Mar 2006, 21:51
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27 Mar 2006, 23:19
Professor wrote:
Paul wrote:
OA is B

cannot belive it....

Guys, i guess we all, except vipin, were while answering this question. right???????????????

You're right.

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28 Mar 2006, 01:51
M8 wrote:
Professor wrote:
Paul wrote:
OA is B

cannot belive it....

Guys, i guess we all, except vipin, were while answering this question. right???????????????

You're right.

I think I was at that time......

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28 Mar 2006, 07:23
After reading the OE by Paul, I just wanted to

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28 Mar 2006, 07:37
SHOCK

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28 Mar 2006, 13:36
Got it now

but that "being" would confuse me for sure!!

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