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# The artist Renoirs last word was flowers, spoken as they

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The artist Renoir’s last word was “flowers,” spoken as they arranged a bouquet of roses
just picked from his garden
in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
A. as they arranged a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden
B. as a bouquet of roses had been just picked from his garden and was being
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
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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30 Nov 2008, 01:56
between C and D. I vote for D for being active.
" they" doesn't have antecedent.A and E out.
In B "had been" and "and" are unnecessary.

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30 Nov 2008, 04:09
Hi guys,

IMO D

A. as they arranged a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden what's the referece of they?
B. as a bouquet of roses had been just picked from his garden and was being
arranged being
C. as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged being
D. during the arrangement of a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden Hold
E. while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked from his garden what's the referece of they?

OA and Source?

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30 Nov 2008, 04:53
IMO C - 'being arranged' properly characterizes the moment when 'flower' was pronounced

D seems to be redundant: 'during the arrangement...'
A,E - they has no reference
B - incorrect time usage - 'had been'

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30 Nov 2008, 16:22
Generally, being is evil on the GMAT, unless we need to show the state one is in. This is one such situation and I will go with C.

A & E out for lack of reference to they.

B is out because of the past perfect.

D is out as during which does not make sense. During which means the entire time period. The words might be spoken any time. we need to show that both events happened at the same time.

My pick C

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wow were do you guys find those questions anyways?

going with a fun C here is why:

vivektripathi wrote:
The artist Renoir’s last word was “flowers,” spoken as they arranged a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.

A. as they arranged a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden
they?
B. as a bouquet of roses had been just picked from his garden and was being arranged
not parallel tense structure
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
two illogical points: 1) a bouquet can't be picked from a garden (am i too picky here?) 2) picking bouquet (or even flower by flower) in a vase does not make sense
E. while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked from his garden
mysterious they again

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01 Dec 2008, 10:15
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Generally, being is evil on the GMAT, unless we need to show the state one is in. This is one such situation and I will go with C.

A & E out for lack of reference to they.

B is out because of the past perfect.

D is out as during which does not make sense. During which means the entire time period. The words might be spoken any time. we need to show that both events happened at the same time.

My pick C

OA Is "C". These all are real OLD GMAT Questions

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oh!

Does anyone know what percentage of being-answers are right?

I always, always avoid to pick a being-answer up, and in a very few cases the being-answer is right...
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01 Dec 2008, 17:44
Hurray after attempting 4-5 this is the one which is right for me....yup C should be right one.

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vivektripathi wrote:
The artist Renoir’s last word was “flowers,” spoken as they arranged a bouquet of roses
just picked from his garden
in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
A. as they arranged a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden
B. as a bouquet of roses had been just picked from his garden and was being
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

"They" doesnt have any antecedent to map to. Eliminate A and E

B-Past perfect is not required as the different actions and their order of occurences is clear
( what I meant is you cant made bouquet before picking roses and you cant arrange them before you have roses.)

Event 1-Roses picked
Event 3- R* says

Now Eve

D-During the arrangement is clumsy

Choose C

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03 Dec 2008, 22:27
nice perfect explanantion...must watch out for the verb tenses here as the events happened in conjunction...
icandy wrote:
Generally, being is evil on the GMAT, unless we need to show the state one is in. This is one such situation and I will go with C.

A & E out for lack of reference to they.

B is out because of the past perfect.

D is out as during which does not make sense. During which means the entire time period. The words might be spoken any time. we need to show that both events happened at the same time.

My pick C

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03 Jul 2010, 04:09
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oh!

Does anyone know what percentage of being-answers are right?

I always, always avoid to pick a being-answer up, and in a very few cases the being-answer is right...

the only thing i can say is that being is not an evil anymore. what a pity, becasue i really like shortcuts
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03 Jul 2010, 07:12
My pick is C. A and E are out because "they" is ambiguous. B is wordy compared to other choices and as for D, "during the arrangement" uses an action noun, and verb usage is preferable to action noun usage.

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03 Jul 2010, 07:31
It took more me around 1:45 minutes, to figure out the answer.
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The artist Renoir’s last word was “flowers,” spoken as they arranged a bouquet of roses
just picked from his garden
in a vase on his bedroom windowsill.
A. as they arranged a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden
B. as a bouquet of roses had been just picked from his garden and was being
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

You can't rely on shortcuts (like, "being is usually wrong"); but there are very quick ways to eliminate the wrong answers here!

A. as they arranged a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden

"They" has no referent (i.e., no word to which "they" refers appears in the sentence).

B. as a bouquet of roses had been just picked from his garden and was being
arranged

Indeed, the past perfect ("had been" -- the past perfect of the verb 'be') should be used ONLY to indicate the deep past, that is, the history, relative to a specified point in time already in the past.

Thus, you would NOT need the past perfect in a sentence like this:

Ex. I drank coffee before I ate breakfast. (This all one time frame.)

But you WOULD need the past perfect in this sentence:

Ex. I had drunk so much coffee that by 4 a.m. I was still wide awake.

In this sentence the picking and arranging happen in the same time frame, so the tense should be the same if both verbs are used.

C. as a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden was being arranged

TIP: "BEING" IS CORRECT WHEN DESCRIBING A PROCESS. SO IF YOU CAN INSERT "IN THE PROCESS OF" BEFORE THE "BEING" AND WIND UP WITH A SENSIBLE SENTENCE, THE "BEING" IS CORRECT!

Ex.
Correct: The skyscraper (in the process of) being built downtown is ugly.

Incorrect: Sue, being a student at NTU, is a hard worker. (She is not in the process of being a student; she is just a student.)

D. during the arrangement of a bouquet of roses just picked from his garden

TIP: ALWAYS READ PAST THE UNDERLINED PORTION! Doing so will save you more time than you would think. At least 30% of the SC questions contain an important tip in the portion of the sentence following the underlined portion. It will only take you a maximum of 10 sec to read, and on 3 out of 10 problems, doing so will save you an extra minute or two.

Notice that right after the underlined portion is a prepositional phrase ("in a vase"). "In a vase" modified (i.e. describes) "arranged", not "garden", so the last word in the answer you chose should be "arranged".

E. while they arranged a bouquet of roses that had just been picked from his garden

Same problems as A and D.

More on 'being' and modifiers in SC Lesson 4 at gmaxonline!

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hmm... quite a tricky question. One of those sentences where the use of being is apt. I pick C.

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A,E - "they" has not antecedent hence incorrect sentence construction.
B - Incorrect tense "had been"
D - Meaning issue - "Last words spoken was 'Flowers' during".
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