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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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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...'

What say everyone any changes to the process followed??
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24 May 2007, 06:06
Looks like D.

In C they ... deal s with.

Correct me, If I'm wrong.
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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 => not ||

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D - Eliminated too many 'ings'. GMAT people don't like them.

Very True , but here "ing" is fine as it is used a participle immediately following the comman - explaning the clause before the comman.
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31 Dec 2011, 21:58
Nice explanation by e-gmat. Thanks.
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e-gmat......a good job done...another way of doing SC....
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14 Sep 2014, 21:38
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

A& B - SV mismatch themes - is universal
C & E - run on sentence

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10 Mar 2015, 09:40
POE:
+ Is/Are --> Are: Themes ...are --> C,D,E left.
+ Parallelism with "encompassing.." & "dealing.." --> D left.
D: CORRECT.
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21 Jul 2016, 23:12
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

The clear winner here is D

The subject of the sentence is "themes" which is plural so keeping that in mind lets analyse the options
A. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally she deals
WRONG:- SV agreement

B. is universal, encompassing much of the human condition, also occasionally it deals
WRONG:- SV agreement

C. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition and occasionally deals
WRONG:- A nasty comma splice, also called a run on. SV agreement (deals)

D. are universal, encompassing much of the human condition while occasionally dealing
CORRECT:- perfect composition

E. are universal, they encompass much of the human condition, also occasionally are dealing[/quote]
WRONG:- A nasty comma splice, also called a run on. No Parallelism (encompass & dealing are not parallel)
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21 Jul 2016, 23:16
D is clear winner. . Ing mofifier + correct SV agreement.
Easy one.

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22 Aug 2016, 20:13
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.

2/3 split in this question.

Themes (that rita...) is/are universal.

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
they encompass and deal would be correct.

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
Present progressive tense is wrong.
usage of comma is wrong. (, also...)
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09 Oct 2016, 02:15
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)
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09 Oct 2016, 02:27
SpiritualAtheist 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)

No, While is bringing a contrast and the two things should be ||. encompassing || dealing. Hence, even if A had 'are', it would have been incorrect.
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09 Oct 2016, 03:53
abhimahna wrote:
SpiritualAtheist 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)

No, While is bringing a contrast and the two things should be ||. encompassing || dealing. Hence, even if A had 'are', it would have been incorrect.

I also came to a similar conclusion that parallelism needs to be maintained by using the word 'dealing' -- I am not sure why the explanation given in the egmat video does not point this error! (It is clearly heard that the only error present in the sentence is the usage of 'is')
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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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15 Feb 2017, 09:08
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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