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Simply because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to a decade-long study published in the journal Nature.
a) because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to
b) because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
c) being genetically engineered does not make it any more that plants will
d) being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
e) being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely that it will become

The OA is D, but I thought that the word "being" is usually wrong on the GMAT. Could someone please tell me when the word "being" is acceptable on a GMAT SC problem?
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14 May 2008, 20:08

No 'Being' . No 'they' and 'it' in the same line. Answer is B
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14 May 2008, 20:36
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No 'Being' . No 'they' and 'it' in the same line. Answer is B

He already stated the OA is D.
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15 May 2008, 00:35
Use of both 'it' and 'they' pronouns is incorrect, as it has confusing antecedents. D is the most concise answer.

You can find a number of SC with 'being' in this forum and at the same time having a correct usage. Unfortunately this is not every time, and it depends on the sentence. You will have to careful.
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22 May 2008, 04:01
B. Simply because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to some study.

D. Simply being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to some study.

Why not B guys? [D is the OA]
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22 May 2008, 18:09
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B. Simply because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to some study.

D. Simply being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to some study.

Why not B guys? [D is the OA]

If you dont find B awkward, I cannt tell you why! Really!
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22 May 2008, 19:58
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"being" is almost always wrong, however there are special cases, I think "scientific writing" was one of them, there was an example of something about moonlanding in mgmat sc review. I ll look it up from SC bible when I get home. But A & B is obviously wrong for the usage of the pro-nouns. Thus D.
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23 May 2008, 05:58
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Simply because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to a decade-long study published in the journal Nature.
a) because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to
b) because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
c) being genetically engineered does not make it any more that plants will
d) being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
e) being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely that it will become

The OA is D, but I thought that the word "being" is usually wrong on the GMAT. Could someone please tell me when the word "being" is acceptable on a GMAT SC problem?

Take a look at the use of "because" here...I don't think it is correct usage.
(1) Because they are genetically engineered
(2) does not make it any more likely for plants to become an invasive or persistent weed.

I believe it should be:
(1) Because they are genetically engineered[,]
(2) [mutation] does not make it any more likely for plants to become an invasive or persistent weed.

The sentence structure actually begs for a noun after "simply".
Simply [noun] does not make it any more likely for plants to become an invasive or persistent weed.

"Being" does that for this sentence.
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23 May 2008, 07:31
Great Explanation !!
i go with 'being' here
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23 May 2008, 10:21
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mbawaters wrote:
B. Simply because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to some study.

D. Simply being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to some study.

Why not B guys? [D is the OA]

If you dont find B awkward, I cannt tell you why! Really!

Yeah B, but then so is D - the OA, is awkward but I dont see anything grammatically wrong with B.
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