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(C) is the only possible answer to the question.

(A) and (E) both contain the unsupported pronoun "they". Every pronoun on the GMAT will have an antecedent (the only exception to this rule is "it", which can appear in reference to the universe as a whole, e.g. "it is a nice day today").

We can also eliminate (B) for verb tense problems. "as" indicates that things are going on simultaneously, so switching to "had just been" is wrong.

(D) has modification issues. We need to remember that the part of the sentence after the underlined portion also has to make sense. Looking at the fragment:

"during the arrangement of a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden in a vase on his bedroom windowsill"

we see that (D) makes is sound as though the garden is in a vase on his bedroom windowsill, which makes no sense.

Only (C) gets everything in the sentence where it should be, uses the correct tenses and doesn't introduce any ambiguous pronouns.

As an aside, it's certainly correct that "being" is rarely correct on the GMAT. A good general rule of thumb is "other things being equal, don't pick choices with "being" in them". However, avoiding "being" is a style choice, so if the only gramatically correct choice uses the word, that choice will be correct.
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A and E out; THEY has no antecedent and is ambiguous. At best, THEY refers to flowers, and such a reference is illogical.
B is out for wrong tense. HAD BEEN is past perfect tense, which is used when referring to a event in the past that precedes another event in the past.
D is out for modifier positions. ON HIS BEDROOM WINDOWSILL needs to touch ARRANGEMENT for clear meaning.
C is the correct answer, by POE.
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New post 26 Oct 2017, 10:21
Hello expert,

If in question, it is being mentioned 'they' without any reference, so will it be incorrect statement?

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If in question, it is being mentioned 'they' without any reference, so will it be incorrect statement?



I'm not an expert, but I will take a shot at this:

With respect to pronouns, the GMAT likes to test whether the pronoun is being used correctly; what is the antecedent of the pronoun? The pronoun must make sense and agree in number with the pronoun.

Every time you see it, its, they, them or their check to see whether the pronoun is being used correctly.

Note that it is sometimes used correctly without an antecedent e.g.

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