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# On stage, the force of Carricks personality and the

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On stage, the force of Carrick’s personality and the vividness of his acting disguised the fact he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows, a short man.
(A) he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows,
(B) he was, and it is his surviving velvet suit that shows it,
(C) of him being, as his surviving velvet suit shows,
(D) that he was, as his surviving velvet suit shows,
(E) shown in his surviving velvet suit, that he was
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29 Aug 2007, 15:06
[quote="asaf"]On stage, the force of Carrick’s personality and the vividness of his acting disguised the fact he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows, a short man.
(A) he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows,--which is redundant
(B) he was, and it is his surviving velvet suit that shows it,--can be shortlist, but brevity is GMAT thing.
(C) of him being, as his surviving velvet suit shows,- the fact of him doesnt make sense
(D) that he was, as his surviving velvet suit shows,--correct use of that, also it is shorter than B
(E) shown in his surviving velvet suit, that he was--what is the fact?

D
the fact that is a correct idiom
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29 Aug 2007, 15:42
asaf wrote:
On stage, the force of Carrick’s personality and the vividness of his acting disguised the fact he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows, a short man.
(A) he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows,
(B) he was, and it is his surviving velvet suit that shows it,
(C) of him being, as his surviving velvet suit shows,
(D) that he was, as his surviving velvet suit shows,
(E) shown in his surviving velvet suit, that he was

This problem goes against what I know. I don't see anything in here that is correct. My understanding is that you CANNOT use possessive noun to refer back to either subject or object. Every answer choices is against what I know.

If I have to pick one, I will pick D.

Can someone explain?
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29 Aug 2007, 16:32
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asaf wrote:
On stage, the force of Carrick’s personality and the vividness of his acting disguised the fact he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows, a short man.
(A) he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows,
(B) he was, and it is his surviving velvet suit that shows it,
(C) of him being, as his surviving velvet suit shows,
(D) that he was, as his surviving velvet suit shows,
(E) shown in his surviving velvet suit, that he was

This problem goes against what I know. I don't see anything in here that is correct. My understanding is that you CANNOT use possessive noun to refer back to either subject or object. Every answer choices is against what I know.

If I have to pick one, I will pick D.

Can someone explain?

if you see nothing proper go for the shortest, it is a GMAT rule. Short Concise, Clear
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29 Aug 2007, 16:53
asaf wrote:
On stage, the force of Carrick’s personality and the vividness of his acting disguised the fact he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows, a short man.
(A) he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows,
(B) he was, and it is his surviving velvet suit that shows it,
(C) of him being, as his surviving velvet suit shows,
(D) that he was, as his surviving velvet suit shows,
(E) shown in his surviving velvet suit, that he was

If we strictly follow the rule of possesive then no choice is correct. However, I have to pick an answer from this then I will pick E.

The reasons:
A:Wrong use of Which. Which is used to refer to immediate noun.
B: Wordy and ackward
C: of him being is unidiomatic.
D: Better of the previous three choice but I eliminate this one as well for two reasons the clause "his surviving velevt suit shows" is in present tense and rest all are in past tense. And second reason "that he was short" is better when mentioned together. Putting an adjective too far away is not good for clarity of the sentence.
Some of these errors are in choice ABC as well.
E: Best of all as it does not have any of above problems. However, I still believe that he can not refer to Carrick becasue it is never mentioned in the sentence.
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29 Aug 2007, 17:08
asaf wrote:
On stage, the force of Carrick’s personality and the vividness of his acting disguised the fact he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows, a short man.
(A) he was, which his surviving velvet suit shows,
(B) he was, and it is his surviving velvet suit that shows it,
(C) of him being, as his surviving velvet suit shows,
(D) that he was, as his surviving velvet suit shows,
(E) shown in his surviving velvet suit, that he was

I am not sure if I would say this question falls into the category of possessive pronoun problem.
I am chosing D because I think we need "that" after fact.
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29 Aug 2007, 19:10
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I am not sure if I would say this question falls into the category of possessive pronoun problem.
I am chosing D because I think we need "that" after fact.

ashkars,
Please share why you say possessive noun/pronoun rules dont apply here?
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30 Aug 2007, 10:22
asaf wrote:
ashkrs wrote:

I am not sure if I would say this question falls into the category of possessive pronoun problem.
I am chosing D because I think we need "that" after fact.

ashkars,
Please share why you say possessive noun/pronoun rules dont apply here?

What I intended to say is though this question has possessive pronoun but the underlined part ( which has the problem ) has nothing to do with that.
Most of the gmat question has possessive pronoun and the question(options) will be centered around them . Here we have a possessive pronoun but I dont think the options are centered around that.
I am not sure if I have explained it good . But I would have posted this question I would not have had a subject like "possessive pronoun".
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30 Aug 2007, 20:02
ashkrs wrote:
asaf wrote:
ashkrs wrote:

I am not sure if I would say this question falls into the category of possessive pronoun problem.
I am chosing D because I think we need "that" after fact.

ashkars,
Please share why you say possessive noun/pronoun rules dont apply here?

What I intended to say is though this question has possessive pronoun but the underlined part ( which has the problem ) has nothing to do with that.
Most of the gmat question has possessive pronoun and the question(options) will be centered around them . Here we have a possessive pronoun but I dont think the options are centered around that.
I am not sure if I have explained it good . But I would have posted this question I would not have had a subject like "possessive pronoun".
Just a thought buddy ..dont kill me !

Dude,
All my limited knowledge in possessive pronouns was telling me that aint right or I don't have a complete picture, so the query to you was an effort to teach me what I am missing...

I believe this question has something to do with possessive pronouns as 'he' does not have a noun to refer to or does it?
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02 Sep 2007, 08:24
asaf wrote:
ashkrs wrote:
asaf wrote:
ashkrs wrote:

I am not sure if I would say this question falls into the category of possessive pronoun problem.
I am chosing D because I think we need "that" after fact.

ashkars,
Please share why you say possessive noun/pronoun rules dont apply here?

What I intended to say is though this question has possessive pronoun but the underlined part ( which has the problem ) has nothing to do with that.
Most of the gmat question has possessive pronoun and the question(options) will be centered around them . Here we have a possessive pronoun but I dont think the options are centered around that.
I am not sure if I have explained it good . But I would have posted this question I would not have had a subject like "possessive pronoun".
Just a thought buddy ..dont kill me !

Dude,
All my limited knowledge in possessive pronouns was telling me that aint right or I don't have a complete picture, so the query to you was an effort to teach me what I am missing...

I believe this question has something to do with possessive pronouns as 'he' does not have a noun to refer to or does it?

I think a part me agrees with you.But again I may be totally wrong . When I first look into this question , none of the answers seemed correct to me. I guess these are some types of question where I can afford to be wrong.
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02 Sep 2007, 08:31
The best available answer is D because it uses the correct use of "that" after the fact. But the use of pronoun is wrong.

E cannot be right as it is changing teh intended meaning.
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28 Jul 2009, 19:23
Check this link for more detailed explanation on how GMAT considers 'Possesive Poison' , it may be a bit controversial

http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentenc ... post296855
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02 Aug 2009, 08:07
D .... the fact that is req'd. also the modifying clause 'as the surviving ...shows'... is best in this choice
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