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# The acclaimed writer said that his writing, which were power

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The acclaimed writer said that his writing, which were powerfully influenced by storytellers in its family and that the landscape of his childhood also shaped his thinking and provided themes for his stories.

(A) his writing, which were powerfully influenced by storytellers in its family
(B) his writing was influenced by powerful storytellers in his family
(C) storytellers in his family powerfully influenced his writing
(D) storytellers in the family being powerful influence on his writing
(E) powerfully influential in his writing were family storytellers
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12 Apr 2013, 01:38
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The acclaimed writer said that his writing, which were powerfully influenced by storytellers in its family and that the landscape of his childhood also shaped his thinking and provided themes for his stories.

(A) his writing, which were powerfully influenced by storytellers in its family--- writing is singular were is plural, also if I want to put emphasis on influence I will say something like "highly influenced" not powerfully influenced.
(B) his writing was influenced by powerful storytellers in his family-- All correct, notice we don't need a comma after writing. "which were powerfully influenced by storytellers" modifies writing and in process breaks the parallelism the two list of things are --writing which was influenced and landscape of his childhood
(C) storytellers in his family powerfully influenced his writing-- again powerfully influenced writing is wrong as per me.
(D) storytellers in the family being powerful influence on his writing- being is almost always not correct in Gmat, only correct use of being is when you describe a state, for eg state of being in adulthood..etc..
(E) powerfully influential in his writing were family storytellers --again powerfully influential is incorrect moreover SV error as writing and were don't go together.

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The acclaimed writer said that his writing, which were powerfully influenced by storytellers in its family and that the landscape of his childhood also shaped his thinking and provided themes for his stories.

(A) his writing, which were powerfully influenced by storytellers in its family. Reason for influence should be the subject.
(B) his writing was influenced by powerful storytellers in his family Reason for influence should be the subject.
(C) storytellers in his family powerfully influenced his writing. Correct.
(D) storytellers in the family being powerful influence on his writing. Wrong construction violets the parallelism.
(E) powerfully influential in his writing were family storytellers. Reason for influence should be the subject.

The structure of line is -The acclaimed writer said that X and that Y. So, X and Y should be parallel.

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12 Apr 2013, 01:52
it has to be B : his writing was influenced by powerful storytellers in his family
plz confirm the source and the OA

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12 Apr 2013, 01:55
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umesh wrote :(C) storytellers in his family powerfully influenced his writing. Correct.

this gives a wrong sense :powerfully influenced

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12 Apr 2013, 12:38
it has to be B : his writing was influenced by powerful storytellers in his family
plz confirm the source and the OA

B is a trap. If you pay attention to the question's structure, you will see the use of passive voice is incorrect.

B says:
The acclaimed writer said that his writing his writing was influenced by powerful storytellers in his family that the landscape of his childhood also shaped his thinking and provided themes for his stories.

The structure is: X said that .... passive voice...... and that... active voice.
The structure is not parallel. C is much better.

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umesh wrote :(C) storytellers in his family powerfully influenced his writing. Correct.

this gives a wrong sense :powerfully influenced

Who can explain why is powerfully influenced OK and I should have not gone after something like powerful influence?
Would option D be preffered if it said 'storytellers in the family had powerful influence on his writing'?

Isn't idiomatic usage is 'influence on X'?

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07 Feb 2014, 21:34
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Who can explain why is powerfully influenced OK and I should have not gone after something like powerful influence?
Would option D be preffered if it said 'storytellers in the family had powerful influence on his writing'?

Isn't idiomatic usage is 'influence on X'?

The acclaimed writer said that his writing, which were powerfully influenced by storytellers in its family and that the landscape of his childhood also shaped his thinking and provided themes for his stories.

(A) his writing, which were powerfully influenced by storytellers in its family
writing is singular, and hence cannot be followed by were. Another error is with 'its', which has no referent.

(B) his writing was influenced by powerful storytellers in his family
A keen observation reveals that there are two relative pronoun clauses introduced by the relative pronoun - that. The second relative pronoun clause is in active voice, and the first one is in passive. Grammatically correct though. (Don't eliminate, let's look for better options)

(C) storytellers in his family powerfully influenced his writing
The issue in B is corrected here. The relative pronoun clause is in active voice. The problem arises with 'powerfully'. 'Powerfully' is an adverb modifying the verb 'influenced'. Looks fine. Even if you feel that usage of powerfully is wrong here, substitute, powerfully with strongly - strongly influenced his writing - looks good. This option is clearly better than B.

(D) storytellers in the family being powerful influence on his writing
Too many logical issues here. 'the family' doesn't state 'whose' family. 'being powerful influence' is wrong usage. It could have been 'been a powerful influence on his writing'. 'Being' is the present continuous form of 'be' and the usage of the present continuous form in the context is wrong. Eliminate.

Note: Always verb form is preferred over an equivalent noun form.

His family powerfully/strongly influenced his writing.
His family had a powerful/strong influence on his writing

(E) powerfully influential in his writing were family storytellers
Passive voice. Meaning is distorted. Eliminate.
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