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Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic

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Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, were given recognition by critics, and also served to influence many writers, that included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing styles differed from his own.

A. were given recognition by critics, and also served to influence many writers, that included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing styles differed from his own.

B. recognized by critics, also influenced many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own.

C. was recognized by critics, and also served influenced many writers, which included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed

D. was recognized by critics, was also influential to many writers who had a different writing style from his own.

E. were given recognition by critics, also influencing many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing style were different from that of his own.
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Can anyone help me with sentence structure?

Original sentence

Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, were given recognition by critics, and also served to influence many writers, that included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing styles differed from his own.

why is "Playwright Samuel Becket" not a subject?
is "whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition" dependent clause? - whose refer to Samuel Becket - subject and well crafted verb?
usually ", and" marks independent clause
then why ", and also served to influence many writers" is not an independent clause?

In answer choice B

Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, recognized by critics, also influenced many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own.

if we say ", whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques," is a subject

then ", recognized by critics, also influenced many writers," - are "recognized" and "influenced" verbs? if yes then why are they separated by comma? and why are the verbs not joined with any conjunction?

In answer choice C

Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques,was recognized by critics, and also served influenced many writers, which included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed

would it be right if the sentence end with "from his own"

Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques,was recognized by critics, and also served influenced many writers, which included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own
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Can anyone help me with sentence structure?

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Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, were given recognition by critics, and also served to influence many writers, that included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing styles differed from his own. -----


Ans: This is defective sentence; ‘Were given’ recognition by critics belongs to the relative clause –The first part is in passive voice and the second part is in active voice. There is no justification for using ‘and’ in this case.

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Q: why is "Playwright Samuel Becket" not a subject? ---

Ans: Because he did not influence others, but his three things influenced others


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Q; is "whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition" dependent clause?

Ans: No they are just phrases. It is not a clause since there is no verb. –
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Q whose refers to Samuel Becket - and well crafted verb?

A ---well crafted is an adjective modifying works

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Q; usually ", and" marks independent clause then why ", and also served to influence many writers" is not an independent clause?

Ans ' and also ---- is indeed an independent clause while the previous part is a phrase without verb. This is the reason the text is unparallel.

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In answer choice B

Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, recognized by critics, also influenced many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own.

Q: if we say ", whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques," is a subject ---
then ", recognized by critics, also influenced many writers," - are "recognized" and "influenced" verbs? if yes then why are they separated by comma? and why are the verbs not joined with any conjunction?

Ans: No. Recognized by are just a modifier and not a verb; influenced is a verb. So they belong to different pars of speech.

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In answer choice C

Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, was recognized by critics, and also served influenced many writers, which included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed

Q: would it be right if the sentence end with "from his own"

Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, was recognized by critics, and also served influenced many writers, which included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own --


Ans: No. this will not make an impact on the overall sentence. The problem is providing the parallelism marker ‘and’ in unwanted places. It is not clear who or what was recognized by critics. If his three aspects were recognized, then we can’t say ‘was recognized’, we should say ‘were recognized’. If Becket was recognized by critics, then there is no justification for saying ‘and also served’ without saying what he did first. In addition one side is passive and the other side is active. Unparallel.

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How is B the correct answer?

Shouldn't the correct form be:
Playwright Samuel Becket, whose x, y, and z WERE recognized by critics, also influenced many writers...
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The OA makes no sense. Take every SC question not from the OG with a grain of salt.

"Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, recognized by critics, also influenced many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own."

Does the above sentence really make sense to anyone?
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Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, were given recognition by critics, and also served to influence many writers, that included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing styles differed from his own.

A. were given recognition by critics, and also served to influence many writers, that included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing styles differed from his own.

B. recognized by critics, also influenced many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own.

C. was recognized by critics, and also served influenced many writers, which included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed

D. was recognized by critics, was also influential to many writers who had a different writing style from his own.

E. were given recognition by critics, also influencing many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing style were different from that of his own.


damn..I got to the right answer right after I finished reading the sentence.
clearly recognition is for theatrical techniques and not for SB.
and also - redundant

A, C - out right away
D - run-on sentence. one subject, two verbs not properly connected. no.
E - no verb at all.

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Kuttingchai wrote

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Can anyone help me with sentence structure?

Original sentence

Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, were given recognition by critics, and also served to influence many writers, that included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing styles differed from his own. -----


Ans: This is defective sentence; ‘Were given’ recognition by critics belongs to the relative clause –The first part is in passive voice and the second part is in active voice. There is no justification for using ‘and’ in this case.

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Q: why is "Playwright Samuel Becket" not a subject? ---

Ans: Because he did not influence others, but his three things influenced others


Quote:
Q; is "whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition" dependent clause?

Ans: No they are just phrases. It is not a clause since there is no verb. –
Quote:
Q whose refers to Samuel Becket - and well crafted verb?

A ---well crafted is an adjective modifying works

Quote:
Q; usually ", and" marks independent clause then why ", and also served to influence many writers" is not an independent clause?

Ans ' and also ---- is indeed an independent clause while the previous part is a phrase without verb. This is the reason the text is unparallel.

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In answer choice B

Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, recognized by critics, also influenced many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own.

Q: if we say ", whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques," is a subject ---
then ", recognized by critics, also influenced many writers," - are "recognized" and "influenced" verbs? if yes then why are they separated by comma? and why are the verbs not joined with any conjunction?

Ans: No. Recognized by are just a modifier and not a verb; influenced is a verb. So they belong to different pars of speech.

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In answer choice C

Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, was recognized by critics, and also served influenced many writers, which included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed

Q: would it be right if the sentence end with "from his own"

Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, was recognized by critics, and also served influenced many writers, which included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own --


Ans: No. this will not make an impact on the overall sentence. The problem is providing the parallelism marker ‘and’ in unwanted places. It is not clear who or what was recognized by critics. If his three aspects were recognized, then we can’t say ‘was recognized’, we should say ‘were recognized’. If Becket was recognized by critics, then there is no justification for saying ‘and also served’ without saying what he did first. In addition one side is passive and the other side is active. Unparallel.

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Hi daagh

Could u pls explain the role of ", recognized" in the right answer? If it's a modifier, what exactly is it modifying? And is "influenced" a verb for the 3 nouns?

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Also in b, isn't it a dangling sentence? As it says "ABC,whose x, y, z also influenced."
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Could u pls explain the role of ", recognized" in the right answer? If it's a modifier, what exactly is it modifying? And is "influenced" a verb for the 3 nouns?

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Hi,
the CORRECT sentence is -- Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, recognized by critics, also influenced many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own.
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now your Queries-
1) Recognized - It is a past participle and modifies the preceding clause/phrase. HERE it modifies -well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques
2) Influenced seems to be for 3 nouns, whereas I believe it should have been for Samuel..

In any case there is a VERB missing with Samuel... or whose...
OA doesn't seem to be correct
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Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, were given recognition by critics, and also served to influence many writers, that included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing styles differed from his own.

A. were given recognition by critics, and also served to influence many writers, that included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing styles differed from his own.

B. recognized by critics, also influenced many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own.

C. was recognized by critics, and also served influenced many writers, which included Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed

D. was recognized by critics, was also influential to many writers who had a different writing style from his own.

E. were given recognition by critics, also influencing many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel whose writing style were different from that of his own.

I am retiring this thread. The question is of very poor quality. The author of Waiting for Godot would not sanction any of these options.

The author as I am familiar with him is named Samuel Beckett, although some disagreement exists about the spelling of his last name.

The sentence and options are transcribed correctly from Princeton Review 2012 and the official answer is B if the company's online copies are to be believed.

The question is in Princeton Review: 1,012 GMAT Practice Questions at page 490

and in

Princeton Review: 1,037 Practice Questions for the New GMAT, revised and updated edition 2012 at page 570

Official answer according to both sources is B.
Playwright Samuel Becket, whose well crafted works, unsympathetic examination of the human condition, and theatrical techniques, recognized by critics, also influenced many writers, including Edward Albee and Paul Vogel, whose writing styles differed from his own.

THAT SENTENCE IS NOT CORRECT.
"recognized by critics" is a participial phrase.
"Recognized" is not an active verb, but whoever wrote and corrected this sentence missed that fact, because "recognized" in this erroneous sentence is coupled with "also influenced."
Further, "recognized" modifies the qualities of Beckett's writing, but the "also influenced" is the verb for the subject Samuel Beckett.

Other errors exist.

Do not worry about this sentence. All of the answers are incorrect.
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