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# The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers,"

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The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.

a. as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged
b. as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged
c. as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged
d. during the arrangement of a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden
e. while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden
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Here's my take.

First look: S/V agreement, placement of modifiers (logical predication), passive voice construction

a. as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged Wrong. The S/V in the subordinate clause - bouquet <> were - do not agree, as collective nouns take singular verbs.

b. as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged Wrong. Same as above. Making "just picked" a non-restrictive clause does not change the sentence.

c. as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged Correct - this is passive construction. The passive construction occurs because the object "bouquet" takes the position of the subject. Even though "being" seems awkward indeed, the verb must be "was being arranged" in order for the passive construction to work. Besides, the bouquet cannot arrange anything.

d. during the arrangement of a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden Wrong - this sentence is unnecessary wordy. More so, the sentence violates logical predication. The sentence reads as if the roses were from his garden made of vases on his bedroom windowsill. Usually, a bouquet of flowers is in a vase, not from a vase.

e. while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden Wrong - logical predication error (same as above). Furthermore, "They" has no referent.
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The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers", spoken as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
corrected the typo

a. as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged
remove the modifier for easy reading, missing subject verb agreement.
b. as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged
c. as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged
being is acceptable, as other options have terrible error
d. during the arrangement of a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden
read back in original sentence - garden in a vase ??
e. while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden
read back in original sentence - garden in a vase ??

There are other errors as well, but they are irrelevant for we have already identified our correct choice: C.
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The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers," spoke as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.

a. as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged
b. as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged
c. as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged...CORRECT
d.during thearrangement of a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden
e. while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden
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A)as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged
A bouquet (singular) requires a singular verb was

B)as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged
Same as above.

C)as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged
Correct Subject-verb agreement, Sentence makes sense after including past progressive tense.
Was being arranged - He spoke his last word while the bouquet was being arranged.

D) during the arrangement of a bouquet of roses , just picked from his garden
Nonsensical meaning, ... roses, just picked up from his garden in a vase!

E)while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden
They has no clear antecedent.
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07 Sep 2015, 00:04
collective noun such as boutique , group, normally take singular verb . if we have to choose between singular and plural, alway use singular.

but this is not absolute rule. in many og questions, collective noun can take plural verb.
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14 Feb 2016, 15:03
The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
I still don't get the answer C.
Dose " as" take a role as preposition?
And is it acceptable that a clause follows a preposition?
And to be short:
The artist last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet was being arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
Does this sentence make sense?
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14 Feb 2016, 18:33
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The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
I still don't get the answer C.
Dose " as" take a role as preposition?
And is it acceptable that a clause follows a preposition?
And to be short:
The artist last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet was being arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
Does this sentence make sense?

Hi,
the role of 'as ' here is that of conjunction..
As a conjunction, AS can take various roles, one of which to describe a situation when one EVENT happens while the OTHER is in progress..
this is exactly 'as' is being used for...

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The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.

A. as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged ---' A bouquet ---were' --SV error.

B. as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged ----- same error as in A.

c. as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged...The word was spoken just as the bouquet was being arranged. Therefore, we do need a progressive tense in the form of being arranged – correct

during the arrangement of a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden --- read it with the non-underline part. --- from his garden in a vase – No garden exists in a vase. Wrong meaning

e. while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden --- -- 1. no referent for ‘they’ 2. Same error as in D.
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15 Feb 2016, 06:04
Really got confused by this. The sentence has been incorrectly typed. It should not be "spoke" but "spoken".
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newconcept123 wrote:
The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
I still don't get the answer C.
Dose " as" take a role as preposition?
And is it acceptable that a clause follows a preposition?
And to be short:
The artist last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet was being arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
Does this sentence make sense?

Hi,
the role of 'as ' here is that of conjunction..
As a conjunction, AS can take various roles, one of which to describe a situation when one EVENT happens while the OTHER is in progress..
this is exactly 'as' is being used for...

Thank you.
But what is the role of "spoken" here then?
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16 Feb 2016, 01:47
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Really got confused by this. The sentence has been incorrectly typed. It should not be "spoke" but "spoken".

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Good observation Saurav, thanks ! .. rectified the error in the question.
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chetan2u wrote:
newconcept123 wrote:
The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
I still don't get the answer C.
Dose " as" take a role as preposition?
And is it acceptable that a clause follows a preposition?
And to be short:
The artist last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet was being arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
Does this sentence make sense?

Hi,
the role of 'as ' here is that of conjunction..
As a conjunction, AS can take various roles, one of which to describe a situation when one EVENT happens while the OTHER is in progress..
this is exactly 'as' is being used for...

Thank you.
But what is the role of "spoken" here then?

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The past participle phrase modifier spoken as........bedroom windowsill modifies the noun "flowers". The word spoken is a past participle used to introduce this modifier. Compare this sentence with the following simpler example:

The house built beside the river is red.

built beside the river is a past participle modifier referring to the noun house. The past participle built performs the same function as that performed by the past participle spoken in the above example.
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17 Feb 2016, 06:44
Hi
I fully understand your example, but in this question the structure is "spoken +as + a subordinate clause " which is different from yours "built + prep."
I think i never met such structure, can you give me more examples about this specific structure?
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I fully understand your example, but in this question the structure is "spoken +as + a subordinate clause " which is different from yours "built + prep."
I think i never met such structure, can you give me more examples about this specific structure?
Thanks.

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Ok I shall try to illustrate with some more examples of past participle modifier:

Frustrated with the senseless decisions from the management, John left his job.

The baby, tired from crying for hours, went to sleep.

The house, built beside the river, is red.

The house, built as another multi-storied building was being built a few yards away, could not be sold at a very attractive price.

(the modifier in the last example is very similar to the one given in the sentence - built + as + a clause).

Do you now see the similarity between the example I mentioned earlier with the one given in the sentence? My previous example did not include as and the clause; my point was to give a simpler example using a past participle modifier. Does this clear your doubt? Otherwise please feel free to comment.

You may also notice that there is a nested past participle modifier within the outer clause, which in turn is nested within another past participle modifier:

Innermost past participle modifier just picked from his garden modifies the noun roses.... nested within clause as a bouquet of roses....is bedroom windowsill.....which in turn is nested within the outer past participle modifier spoken....... is bedroom windowsill.
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The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged

The real meaning is: The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers," (the word flowers that was) spoken as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged
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The artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's last word was "flowers," spoken as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.

a. as a bouquet consisting of roses just picked from his garden were arranged
b. as a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden, were arranged
c. as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged
d. during the arrangement of a bouquet of roses, just picked from his garden
e. while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked, from his garden

My doubt:

In E other than "they" not having an antecedent.....is there any other error?
Should the pronouns other than "we, I and our" always have an antecedent or this rule can be broken in difficult questions?
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My doubt:

In E other than "they" not having an antecedent.....is there any other error?
Should the pronouns other than "we, I and our" always have an antecedent or this rule can be broken in difficult questions?

E is wrong for following reasons:
1. They usage
2. Had been is not required here. It is clear from the meaning that the flowers could be arranged only after they were picked. Hence, no need of explicitly mentioning the sequencing of events.
3. It changes the meaning.

Now to answer your 2nd query, I would say the rule you mentioned NEVER gets broken no matter what the difficulty of the question is.
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apart from garden in a vase what else is a mistake in d option?
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