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Person without any prior knowledge of the circumstances would

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Person without any prior knowledge of the circumstances would have walked into the room and seen a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, whose clothes torn as if he had been attacked.

A. seen a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, whose clothes torn
B. saw a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, whose clothes were torn
C. seen a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, with clothes torn
D. seen a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, whose clothes were torn
E. seen a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, whose clothes have torn
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Person without any prior knowledge of the circumstances would have walked into the room and seen a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, whose clothes torn as if he had been attacked.

A. seen a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, whose clothes torn
B. saw a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, whose clothes were torn
C. seen a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, with clothes torn
D. seen a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, whose clothes were torn
E. seen a stabbed man crouching on the sofa, whose clothes have torn

Dear rohan2345,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

I don't have a high opinion of this question. The topic is not at all like what would appear on the GMAT: rather than from an academic source, it appears to be from a thriller detective novel. Also, the structure of the SC question is very formulaic and cookbook.

Split #1: verb parallelism
we have "would have walked into the room and _____." For correct parallelism, we need "seen." Choice (B) is wrong.

What happens after the comma:
If we have the pronoun "whose," then we are starting a full clause, and need a full verb. Choice (A) just has a participle: that's incorrect. Choice (E) has the present perfect sentence, which doesn't fit in context: that choice is wrong. (D) handles this perfectly correctly.

The problem is: (C) is also perfectly correct grammatically. It's really hard to say which one, (C) or (D), is better. Whoever designed this question created a distractor that winds up being perfectly correct. This is a very poorly designed question.

If this question comes from a book, then the best thing you could do for your GMAT preparation would be to soak the book in gasoline and set it on fire.

Here's a high quality GMAT SC practice question.
What the eye sees

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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