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# The dying old priest lay in his bed, listening to his disciples recite

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10 Sep 2017, 13:19
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The dying old priest lay in his bed, listening to his disciples recite sermons he wrote years earlier, and he prayed for salvation.

A) recite sermons he wrote years earlier, and he prayed
B) reciting sermons he had written years earlier, and he was praying
C) reciting sermons he had written years earlier praying
D) who were reciting sermons he had written years earlier, and he was praying
E) recite sermons he had written years earlier, and praying
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10 Sep 2017, 13:30
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E. He listened and prayed. Present perfect tense is optional here but is not incorrect.

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11 Sep 2017, 06:28
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[quote="satsurfs"]The dying old priest lay in his bed, listening to his disciples recite sermons he wrote years earlier, and he prayed for salvation.

A) recite sermons he wrote years earlier, and he prayed - listening and prayed not parellel
B) reciting sermons he had written years earlier, and he was praying - "listening to disciples reciting" is wrong
C) reciting sermons he had written years earlier praying - same as B
D) who were reciting sermons he had written years earlier, and he was praying -too wordy
E) recite sermons he had written years earlier, and praying - no time mentioned, so use of past participial is correct, this construct is parallel (Correct)

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21 Nov 2017, 13:53
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I have as question to SC gurus.
As far as I know the question source is expertsglobal
They marked it as easy within their scoring scale

Here the question has 45% of difficulty
However, according to the statistics 48% (01:01) correct 52% (01:12) wrong based on 122 sessions

doesn't it mean that the question is confusing and probably doesn't represent "real GMAT" style questions?
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08 Mar 2018, 03:35
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cbh wrote:
I have as question to SC gurus.
As far as I know the question source is expertsglobal
They marked it as easy within their scoring scale

Here the question has 45% of difficulty
However, according to the statistics 48% (01:01) correct 52% (01:12) wrong based on 122 sessions

doesn't it mean that the question is confusing and probably doesn't represent "real GMAT" style questions?

Why do you suppose that because a lot of people choose the wrong answer it is not real GMAT material ?
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27 Mar 2018, 05:19
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AweG wrote:
cbh wrote:
I have as question to SC gurus.
As far as I know the question source is expertsglobal
They marked it as easy within their scoring scale

Here the question has 45% of difficulty
However, according to the statistics 48% (01:01) correct 52% (01:12) wrong based on 122 sessions

doesn't it mean that the question is confusing and probably doesn't represent "real GMAT" style questions?

Why do you suppose that because a lot of people choose the wrong answer it is not real GMAT material ?

If you think about it, GMAC spends around \$3000 per question, that includes developing question, answers, testing them within focus group. These online GMAT counselors and training centers, frankly, they don't have this opportunity, because in order to create real GMAT questions, you have to invest a lot.
And if math questions are easier to replicate - cuz it's math - it's not the same for critical thinking and reading comprehension questions, because many things depend how you formulate question, answer, a logical liaison between them that you have employed and so on. You have to think how to avoid any subjectivity in the process, otherwise this question might be logical for those who have the same or similar mindset, life experience, knowledge etc. as the questions' author but not for others.

That's why I think people often get confused with critical thinking and reading comprehension questions that have been created by 3rd party GMAT online services.
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27 Mar 2018, 07:21
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cbh wrote:

Here the question has 45% of difficulty
However, according to the statistics 48% (01:01) correct 52% (01:12) wrong based on 122 sessions

If you search the forum there is a post of bunuel explaining how the questions are marked as difficult and so on
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27 Mar 2018, 07:24
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SunshineStories wrote:
satsurfs wrote:
The dying old priest lay in his bed, listening to his disciples recite sermons he wrote years earlier, and he prayed for salvation.

A) recite sermons he wrote years earlier, and he prayed - listening and prayed not parellel
B) reciting sermons he had written years earlier, and he was praying - "listening to disciples reciting" is wrong
C) reciting sermons he had written years earlier praying - same as B
D) who were reciting sermons he had written years earlier, and he was praying -too wordy
E) recite sermons he had written years earlier, and praying - no time mentioned, so use of past participial is correct, this construct is parallel (Correct)

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In b you mean that "his" should be removed from the sentence ?
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17 Apr 2018, 10:33
satsurfs wrote:
The dying old priest lay in his bed, listening to his disciples recite sermons he wrote years earlier, and he prayed for salvation.

We have a list here : - Dying priest did two things

1. listening to disciples 2. praying for salvation

A) recite sermons he wrote years earlier, and he prayed

B) reciting sermons he had written years earlier, and he was praying

C) reciting sermons he had written years earlier praying

D) who were reciting sermons he had written years earlier, and he was praying

E) recite sermons he had written years earlier, and praying

A. "Listening" is a participle, and "he prayed" is a clause"

B. "Listening" is a participle, and "he is praying" is a clause"

C. Modification error

D. "Listening" is a participle, and "he was praying" is a clause"

E. Correct - Listening and Praying
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09 Sep 2018, 03:04
The dying old priest lay in his bed, listening to his disciples recite sermons he wrote years earlier, and he prayed for salvation.

What is the role of "recite"? Is it a modifier? As far as I know only -ing or-ed can be a modifier.

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