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Opening with tributes to jazz-age divas like Bessie Smith and closing with Koko Taylor’s electrified gravel-and-thunder songs, the program will trace the blues’ vigorous matriarchal line over more than 50 years.

(A) the program will trace
(B) the program shall trace
(C) there will be a program tracing
(D) it is a program that traces
(E) it will be a program tracing

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Opening with tributes to jazz-age divas like Bessie Smith and closing with Koko Taylor’s electrified gravel-and-thunder songs, the program will trace the blues’ vigorous matriarchal line over more than 50 years.

(A) the program will trace
(B) the program shall trace
(C) there will be a program tracing
(D) it is a program that traces
(E) it will be a program tracing

Present participle will modify the program, and in option A & B,the program is the subject of the clause.

Will is preferred than shall.shall is generally used for first person pronouns.

In option C,D & E, the entity being modified is not placed near to the modifier.

So, I will go with choice A

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Hi generis AjiteshArun VeritasKarishma GMATNinja

Being a non-native speaker, I can't trust myself to recall first/third person pronoun under stressed condition
for correctly using shall/ will.
Can I take help of level of certainty or intended meaning to choose between will/shall?

I was able to discard C,D and E easily since opening modifier should modify preceding noun after coma, ie, the program
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Hi generis AjiteshArun VeritasKarishma GMATNinja

Being a non-native speaker, I can't trust myself to recall first/third person pronoun under stressed condition
for correctly using shall/ will.
Can I take help of level of certainty or intended meaning to choose between will/shall?
I really don't think the GMAT will ask you to choose between will and shall these days. I've seen shall itself in just a few questions, all old.
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New post 09 Nov 2018, 21:58
What I can gather from this sentence is

The description of how the program will go is described in the sentence
"The program "need to come after comma to make

b/W A and B
as program description is there So "will" is used as there is certainity about how program goes
Using "shall" would suggest may be /may not be scenario
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Will or shall, I doubt whether a review or report of a program is ever done in a future tense. One may see that it is chronicle covering half a century.
A, B, C, and E can be discarded. D is perhaps the best among the lot, although, the subject, the program, could have been immediately introduced after the modifier rather than through an expletive 'it is a program. '

I am unable to decipher the intent of GMAC in those days in this question.
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Opening with tributes to jazz-age divas like Bessie Smith and closing with Koko Taylor’s electrified gravel-and-thunder songs, the program will trace the blues’ vigorous matriarchal line over more than 50 years.

(A) the program will trace
(B) the program shall trace
(C) there will be a program tracing
(D) it is a program that traces
(E) it will be a program tracing

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I will go with D option :grin: because

using future tense is illogical in my opinion here, cause future tense changes the meaning and it is not correct , "over more than 50 years" it means the program iincludes elements that were used for the last 50 years.

So opening with X and closing with Y it is the program that features vigorous matriarchal line over more than 50 years.

D :)
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Opening with tributes to jazz-age divas like Bessie Smith and closing with Koko Taylor’s electrified gravel-and-thunder songs, the program will trace the blues’ vigorous matriarchal line over more than 50 years.

(A) the program will trace
(B) the program shall trace
(C) there will be a program tracing
(D) it is a program that traces
(E) it will be a program tracing

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C,D and E modifier problem
Now left with A and B
shall is used with first person
So A is left
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Will or shall, I doubt whether a review or report of a program is ever done in a future tense. One may see that it is chronicle covering half a century.
A, B, C, and E can be discarded. D is perhaps the best among the lot, although, the subject, the program, could have been immediately introduced after the modifier rather than through an expletive 'it is a program. '

I am unable to decipher the intent of GMAC in those days in this question.


Can you please brief why future tense it illogical in A and B
Moreover in D there is modifier error ?
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Opening with tributes to jazz-age divas like Bessie Smith and closing with Koko Taylor’s electrified gravel-and-thunder songs, the program will trace the blues’ vigorous matriarchal line over more than 50 years.

(A) the program will trace
(B) the program shall trace
(C) there will be a program tracing
(D) it is a program that traces
(E) it will be a program tracing

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sudarshan22 wrote:

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Opening with tributes to jazz-age divas like Bessie Smith and closing with Koko Taylor’s electrified gravel-and-thunder songs, the program will trace the blues’ vigorous matriarchal line over more than 50 years.

(A) the program will trace
(B) the program shall trace
(C) there will be a program tracing
(D) it is a program that traces
(E) it will be a program tracing


The best/excellent answers get kudos. There can be no best answer, or a few excellent answers!



https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1980/06/29/111793477.html?pageNumber=297




I dont get how B can be a correct answer and why D cant be correct answer :?

Here is a similar example:

Starting in Sao Paulo and finishing in Kuala Lumpur, it is a journey that features unique experiences for a traveller

What wrong`s with my sentence ? :)
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hazelnut wrote:
sudarshan22 wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 3: Sentence Correction (SC1)


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Opening with tributes to jazz-age divas like Bessie Smith and closing with Koko Taylor’s electrified gravel-and-thunder songs, the program will trace the blues’ vigorous matriarchal line over more than 50 years.

(A) the program will trace
(B) the program shall trace
(C) there will be a program tracing
(D) it is a program that traces
(E) it will be a program tracing


The best/excellent answers get kudos. There can be no best answer, or a few excellent answers!



https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1980/06/29/111793477.html?pageNumber=297




I dont get how B can be a correct answer and why D cant be correct answer :?

Here is a similar example:

Starting in Sao Paulo and finishing in Kuala Lumpur, it is a journey that features unique experiences for a traveller

What wrong`s with my sentence ? :)


What is starting and finishing ? A journey
We don't need it is a journey
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Will or shall, I doubt whether a review or report of a program is ever done in a future tense. One may see that it is chronicle covering half a century.
A, B, C, and E can be discarded. D is perhaps the best among the lot, although, the subject, the program, could have been immediately introduced after the modifier rather than through an expletive 'it is a program. '

I am unable to decipher the intent of GMAC in those days in this question.



I also agree with daagh s statement that "I doubt whether a review or report of a program is ever done in a future tense"
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What is starting and finishing ? A journey
We don't need it is a journey


thanks for your efforts to explain but i dont really get your explanation :)
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Choice A is best because will/ is appropriate for simple future tense.
In B, shall implies intent or determination on the part of the program.
In addition to being needlessly wordy, C, D and E create problems in modification because the verb phrase Opening. . . seems to describe there or it rather than
program; for the modification to be clear and logical, program must be the first noun and grammatical subject of the main clause.
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