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The themes that Rita Dove explores in her poetry is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals with racial issues.

Issues: Subject/Verb Agreement | Modifier | Parallelism

Analysis:
1. "is universal" is referring to the themes. Hence, the correct verb is "are" to match with the number of the subject (which is plural)
2. For the sentence, we need to use ", verb-ing" modifier to modify "themes are universal"
3. The verb following "while" should have parallel form to "encompassing". [..., encompassing... while (occasionally) dealing...]


I have highlighted the errors in options below:

A. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals
- S/V issue (this alone should be enough for eliminating this option)
- Parallelism issue


B. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition, also occasionally it deals
- S/V issue (this alone should be enough for eliminating this option)
- Parallelism issue


C. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition and occasionally
deals
- Comma splice or sentence run on
- they... deals.. : S/V issue


D. are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally dealing

E. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition, also occasionally are dealing
- Comma splice or sentence run on
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A. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals
B. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition, also occasionally it deals
C. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition and occasionally deals
D. are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally dealing
E. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition, also occasionally are dealing


subject Themes,Verb are universal, option D has correct match and is parallel.
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The themes that Rita Dove explores in her poetry is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals with racial issues.
A. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals
B. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition, also occasionally it deals
C. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition and occasionally deals
D. are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally dealing
E. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition, also occasionally are dealing

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Please explain the purpose of "Ing" in option D.
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priyanshu14 wrote:
Please explain the purpose of "Ing" in option D.


ING is a MODIFIER that modifies/explains about something. In Option D

The themes that Rita Dove explores in her poetry are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally dealing with racial issues.

The Themes are universal, encompassing much of the human condition

In this sentence, ENCOMPASSING is explaining about THEMES. What kind of themes are.....

I would recommend to read about modifiers first
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The themes that Rita Dove explores in her poetry is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally deals with racial issues.
A. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally deals
B. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition, also occasionally it deals
C. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition and occasionally deals
D. are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally dealing
E. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition, also occasionally are dealing


As D is the correct answer, does the word "encompassing" modify "themes" or "explores"?
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Straight D
POE: 'themes' is plural and requires plural verb 'are' so A & B are out
Two independent clauses cannot be joined by a comma hence C & E are out

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brightandamen wrote:
The themes that Rita Dove explores in her poetry is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally deals with racial issues.
A. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally deals
B. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition, also occasionally it deals
C. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition and occasionally deals
D. are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally dealing
E. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition, also occasionally are dealing


As D is the correct answer, does the word "encompassing" modify "themes" or "explores"?


ENCOMPASSING is modifying the idea present in previous sentence
IDEA is "The themes are universal"
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To understand whether we need ing /deals or not:

1) The themes that Rita Dove explores in her poetry are universal, while occasionally she deals with racial issues.
Does not make sense.

2) The themes that Rita Dove explores in her poetry are universal and deal with racial issues.
Better.

3) The themes that Rita Dove explores in her poetry are universal, and they occasionally deal with racial issues.
I think this is also fine.

4) Why we need ing?
Because of the SINGLE comma after universal. If deal was meant to be the second verb for themes, then there would not be a single comma but a comma pair that will separate the modifier. Also a subject and a verb can never be separated by a comma. Sure we can use comma pair for the modifiers in between but not a single comma.


In this sentence the ing words show the how aspect.

The themes are universal as they encompass human condition and deal with racial issues.
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I was able to eliminate all the incorrect options and come to the correct answer. But for rejecting option B OG gives the reason of comma splice. Can someone please explain how is option B a comma splice?
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Can someone please explain what is ", encompassing " modifying

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Can someone please explain what is ", encompassing " modifying

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Encompassing modifies the preceding clause.. The themes... are universal.
basically the modifier encompassing explain how the themes are universal. They are universal because they encompass much of the human condition while occasionally dealing with racial issues.
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Balvinder wrote:
The themes that Rita Dove explores in her poetry is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals with racial issues.

A. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals
B. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition, also occasionally it deals
C. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition and occasionally deals
D. are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally dealing
E. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition, also occasionally are dealing


IMO: D is the correct answer

The subject of the origin sentence is Plural-The Themes. it needs a plural verb. For that reason A & B are eliminated.
No two independent clauses can be express when seperated by a coma. Instead, One should present to independent clause with a Semi colon or coma + (For/And/Nor/But/Or/Yet/So). For that reason C & E can be eliminated.
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SpiritualYoda wrote:
Balvinder wrote:
The themes that Rita Dove explores in her poetry is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals with racial issues.

A. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals
B. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition, also occasionally it deals
C. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition and occasionally deals
D. are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally dealing
E. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition, also occasionally are dealing


--Not related to the answer-- => Can someone please explain whether the clause 'while occasionally she deals with racial issues' is correct or not?
i.e Will option A be correct if it would have been 'are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals'? (Considering option D is not present)



Hi Yoda,
"while occasionally she deals with racial issues", is a dependent clause and cannot stand alone, hope it provides your answer.
Secondly encompassing is an ing modifier which modifies previous clause and while presents a contrast to the idea presented so the noun reference that has to be made should logically point to the themes not the author, as the ideas of the themes are being explored.
so A will be INCORRECT.
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A. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals – Subject Verb Agreement - Eliminated
B. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition, also occasionally it deals – Subject verb Agreement - Eliminated
C. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition and occasionally deals
D. are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally dealing – Avoid ‘ing’ - Eliminated
E. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition, also occasionally are dealing


My thought here....
A, B - Subject Verb agreement and hence eliminated.

Left with C,D & E
D - Eliminated too many 'ings'. GMAT people don't like them.

Left with C & E
E - I find it too wordy and what points to the wrong answer is '......also occasionally are dealing...'

Hence my answer is "C"
What say everyone any changes to the process followed??


A,B- SUBJECT VERB AGREEMENT
C,E-COMMA SPLICE
D-CORRECT USE OF PARALLELISM

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The themes that Rita Dove explores in her poetry is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals with racial issues.

A. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals
B. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition, also occasionally it deals
C. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition and occasionally deals
D. are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally dealing
E. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition, also occasionally are dealing

1. intended meaning:
themes are universal and themes encompass......while roma deals with something..
2. grammar:
themes = are
comma + verbing modifier to express result of 1st independent clause
2 independent clauses cannot be connected by a comma

hence answer = D
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