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The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends.


A. The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends

B. Used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play is the word inspired, which is the precise emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descend

C. Precisely describing the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends is the word inspired, often used by numerous critics to describe a great play

D. The word inspired is often used by numerous critics in their descriptions of a great play and describes the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends as well.

E. The word inspired is the precise emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends and is used by numerous critics to describe a great play.


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A/B/D : The word X...............IS Used in their description of a great play

C/E : The word X................IS Used to describe a play ( Guess this sounds much better / concise )

Thus A/B/D : Eliminated

Bxn C & E :

one says : The word X............is the emotion

another says : The word X..........describes emotion

E : The word inspired is the.............. emotion of the audience ( The word cannot be an Emotion............ It can describe / symbolise an Emotion ) : Eliminated

C : Describing the emotion of the audience ...................is the word inspired ( The word Inspired....Describes/ Symbolises the emotion of audience ) : Perfect

Leading to C, my take.
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Good question. I got it wrong though.
Upon second review, I got my mistake.

'Used often' is unidiomatic -> should be 'often used' instead. So options A and B are out.

C is correct as the modifying phrases
1. 'Precisely describing the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends'
2. 'often used by numerous critics to describe a great play'

closely follows what its modifying : the word inspired.

D is not logically parallel.

I would want to hear why E is wrong.
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A/B/D : The word X...............IS Used in their description of a great play

C/E : The word X................IS Used to describe a play ( Guess this sounds much better / concise )


Dont know if I would split that way. Apart for sounding better are both or any of them correct?

I would start splitting with

one says : The word X............is the emotion

another says : The word X..........describes emotion


This leaves you with C and D. And in D the use of "As well" imply that "is often used by numerous critics in their descriptions of a great play " and "describes the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends" are at the same level, but they are not. How is used and what describes are not at the same level I think.
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Mainly because a word by itself cannot be an emotion, and an emotion cannot be USED to describe something. You use words to describe something.
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There are some problems in the intended meaning that flows from structure of the passage.

1. The word ‘inspired’ makes it obvious that the author wants to refer to the emotions of the audience at the end of the play; But from the first part of the passage, it look as if the great play itself got inspired. It may be noted, when describing the emotion of the audience, the word ‘inspired’ is used a past participle, while describing a great play it is used in simple past. This dichotomy is invidious

There is supposed to be a contrast that is pervasive in the passage that ‘ it is ‘X’, but it should be ‘Y’; But it is not clear whether the author is intending present a contrast at all in the passage; nowhere is a transition word used.


A. The word 'inspired' is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends—Ambiguity about who or what inspired and who or what was inspired.

B. Used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play is the word inspired, which is the precise emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descend ---- curtain descend-- is a typo I suppose;

C. Precisely describing the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends is the word inspired, often used by numerous critics to describe a great play.—The word ‘inspired’ is used as the object(noun) of the verb ‘is’; is it grammatically correct to use a verb or a participle as a noun?

D. The word inspired is often used by numerous critics in their descriptions of a great play and describes the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends as well. --- If ‘as well’ is meant to modify the word ‘describes’ the phrase should be kept next to ‘describes’.

E. The word inspired is the precise emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends and is used by numerous critics to describe a great play. – Although this seems to be somewhat close to the intended meaning, in the absence of contrast, the meaning is distorted. The precision of the emotion has no functional differentiation from the general description.

Additionally, in in B and C, if the first part meant ot be a modifier, is the intrusion of the verb 'is' between the modifier and the modified justified?

Difficult to imagine a GMAT passage with so much of frailty or may be the passage is beyond the non-natives. Or am I reading too much in between the lines?

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The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends.

A. The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends
- "To describe" is preferred to "in their description of" according to VAN rules. "it is precisely the emotion" means the word "inspire" is the emotion. A word is emotion - illogical. INCORRECT.

B. Used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play is the word inspired, which is the precise emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descend
- Describe is better than description as mentioned above. Same mistake, word is the emotion. INCORRECT.

C. Precisely describing the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends is the word inspired, often used by numerous critics to describe a great play
- CORRECT. I couldn't find anything wrong.

D. The word inspired is often used by numerous critics in their descriptions of a great play and describes the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends as well.
- Again same 'description' not preferred according to VAN. "as well" is redundant. 'A word is used in description of X and describes Y' seems too wordy. INCORRECT.

E. The word inspired is the precise emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends and is used by numerous critics to describe a great play.
- 'Word is the emotion' -wrong. INCORRECT.

C is the best.

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The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends.


A. The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends
B. Used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play is the word inspired, which is the precise emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descend
C. Precisely describing the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends is the word inspired, often used by numerous critics to describe a great play
D. The word inspired is often used by numerous critics in their descriptions of a great play and describes the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends as well.
E. The word inspired is the precise emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends and is used by numerous critics to describe a great play.


A. The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descendsWord inspired is not an emotion.Eliminate
B. Used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play is the word inspired, which is the precise emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descendWord inspired is not an emotion.Eliminate
C. Precisely describing the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends is the word inspired, often used by numerous critics to describe a great playCORRECT
D. The word inspired is often used by numerous critics in their descriptions of a great play and describes the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends as well..("as well changes the mesning")Is there any other reason by which we can eliminate this answer choice?
E. The word inspired is the precise emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends and is used by numerous critics to describe a great play.Word inspired is not an emotion.Eliminate
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What is the source for this? It seems that the author is trying to play with the difference between the word "inspired" and the emotion, and that gets us down to C and D.

However, C does not have the style or the clarity of a correct GMAT SC answer. I don't see it as any better than D at all. The problem is that if we write questions based on memorized rules, we will often produce sentences that don't actually work in English. For instance, C has a backwards construction ("Precisely describing . . . is the word") that can indeed work in certain sentences, but does not work here. We can't say "it was correct in the context of one sentence, so it is always correct."
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Important thing to pay attention to is that a word can not be emotion. A word can just describe a emotion. So taking this as the basis, below is my explanation for each option

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The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends.

A. The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends. -- The word can not be emotion.

B. Used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play is the word inspired, which is the precise emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descend. -- S-V issue -- The curtain is singular and descend is plural.

C. Precisely describing the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends is the word inspired, often used by numerous critics to describe a great play. -- correct. This is just a flipped sentence.

D. The word inspired is often used by numerous critics in their descriptions of a great play and describes the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends as well. -- what a word Describes is the secondary information so it was correctly mentioned by using modifier.

E. The word inspired is the precise emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends and is used by numerous critics to describe a great play. -- The word can not be emotion.
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Please evaluate my reasoning. I've highlighted the error and jotted down the explanation after the statement.

A. The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends

The emotion is not precise.

B. Used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play is the word inspired, which is the precise emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descend

Subject Verb Agreement: Curtain descends. Curtains descend.

C. Precisely describing the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends is the word inspired, often used by numerous critics to describe a great play

Correct option

D. The word inspired is often used by numerous critics in their descriptions of a great play and describes the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends as well.

Unnecessary usage of "as well"

E. The word inspired is the precise emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends and is used by numerous critics to describe a great play.

The emotion is not precise.
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Please evaluate my reasoning. I've highlighted the error and jotted down the explanation after the statement.

A. The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends

The emotion is not precise.

B. Used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play is the word inspired, which is the precise emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descend

Subject Verb Agreement: Curtain descends. Curtains descend.

C. Precisely describing the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends is the word inspired, often used by numerous critics to describe a great play

Correct option

D. The word inspired is often used by numerous critics in their descriptions of a great play and describes the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends as well.

Unnecessary usage of "as well"

E. The word inspired is the precise emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends and is used by numerous critics to describe a great play.

The emotion is not precise.


Your reasoning for A and E is not correct. Both says the WORD INSPIRED is an emotion. A word cannot be an emotion. Rather it should describe the emotion.
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The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends.


A. The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends
B. Used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play is the word inspired, which is the precise emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descend
C. Precisely describing the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends is the word inspired, often used by numerous critics to describe a great play
D. The word inspired is often used by numerous critics in their descriptions of a great play and describes the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends as well.
E. The word inspired is the precise emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends and is used by numerous critics to describe a great play.


I hesitated to pick C, as it changes the focus of the usage of the word from a full clause to a modifier.

A. pronoun IT might be ambiguous...is it the word or the great play?
B. THE PRECISE EMOTION - changes the meaning...
E. same error as in B - precise emotion.
between C and D:
i didn't like the "as well" in D...rest doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it...
i picked C because for me both C and D are close...just picked at random.
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Why do we require present participle in the correct option?
The word inspired is precisely describing....

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Why do we require present participle in the correct option?
The word inspired is precisely describing....

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In C, "describing" is not a present participle. It is is a verb in present continuous tense: "is describing". This is an example (though a very awkward one, in my opinion) of a subject-verb flip.
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The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends.

A. The word inspired is used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play; it is precisely the emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descends

B. Used often by numerous critics in their description of a great play is the word inspired, which is the precise emotion experienced by the audience as the final curtain descend

C. Precisely describing the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends is the word inspired, often used by numerous critics to describe a great play

D. The word inspired is often used by numerous critics in their descriptions of a great play and describes the emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends as well.

E. The word inspired is the precise emotion of the audience as the final curtain descends and is used by numerous critics to describe a great play.


There is a 3-2 split in terms of meaning.
whether the word describes the emotion or it is the emotion.
A word can never be an emotion so options A, B and E are ruled out.

Tie is between C and D.
In D, as well seems to ruin the sentence and often and numerous seems to make it redundant. But sentence overall seems fine.
In C, this is the flip way of sentence but I find it really awkward as I feel it does not have a main point.

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