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Though perhaps less visceral and emotionally satisfying than her previous novels, “The Namesake” attests to Jhumpa Lahiri’s ability to write a best seller that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal

(A) that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal.

(B) that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, with the satirical and the intimately personal.

(C) that has moved back and forth between the comic and tragic, and between the satirical and intimately personal.

(D) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic, and the satirical and the intimately personal.

(E) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic and the satirical and the intimately personal.

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05 Apr 2016, 07:17
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WaterFlowsUp wrote:
Though perhaps less visceral and emotionally satisfying than her previous novels, “The Namesake” attests to Jhumpa Lahiri’s ability to write a best seller that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal

A)that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal.

B) that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, with the satirical and the intimately personal.

C)that has moved back and forth between the comic and tragic, and between the satirical and intimately personal.

D) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic, and the satirical and the intimately personal.

E) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic and the satirical and the intimately personal.

When we have a parallel structure as in the above,
a and b,c and d(say) shoudn't the parallel lists be separated by a semicolon for the sake of clarity?

Semicolons are used to separate items of a list, if the list is nested within an item of another outer list, whose items are separated by commas.

Following is an example from Manhattan SC guide:

Wrong: I listen to Earth, Wind & Fire, Wow, Owls, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Right: I listen to Earth, Wind & Fire; Wow, Owls; and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Another point to observe:

The back and forth movement takes place BETWEEN 3 items:
1. the comic and tragic,
2. the satirical
3. the intimately personal

It is correct to use "between" rather than "among" even when there are more than 2 items, when these items are distinct, and not referred as a group as a whole.
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24 May 2015, 02:58
i chose E
A and B are wrong due to the incorrect sentence formation C shows ,+ and which is a sign for independent clause coming in next
between D & E E is correct coz D has , between the 2 phrases which i think is incorrect
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24 May 2015, 07:50
Udai wrote:
i chose E
A and B are wrong due to the incorrect sentence formation C shows ,+ and which is a sign for independent clause coming in next
between D & E E is correct coz D has , between the 2 phrases which i think is incorrect

I couldn't understand why you chose E as the OA. Isn't "moving back and forth" illogically modifying the "best seller"?

For me OA is C
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26 May 2015, 01:32
Ashishmathew01081987 wrote:
Udai wrote:
i chose E
A and B are wrong due to the incorrect sentence formation C shows ,+ and which is a sign for independent clause coming in next
between D & E E is correct coz D has , between the 2 phrases which i think is incorrect

I couldn't understand why you chose E as the OA. Isn't "moving back and forth" illogically modifying the "best seller"?

For me OA is C

Hi,

Here are my 2 cents.

Like ashish rightly said , moving has been used wrongly so D and E are out. But I dont know why you chose C cause "attests" is simple present and there is no need to use "has moved".

But I chose B

I chose B over A because "the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal" should actually be "the comic and the tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal"

Since "the" is omitted before tragic.

Kindly correct me if I am wrong.

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28 May 2015, 10:53
Would there be any difference between A and D or E, if either of D or E were correct in list formation?

"Best seller that moves....." Vs "best seller moving....."
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28 May 2015, 13:21
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Though perhaps less visceral and emotionally satisfying than her previous novels, “The Namesake” attests to Jhumpa Lahiri’s ability to write a best seller that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal.

A)that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal.

B) that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, with the satirical and the intimately personal.
"with" makes the phrase not parallel
C)that has moved back and forth between the comic and tragic, and between the satirical and intimately personal.
use of the present perfect is not necessary
D) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic, and the satirical and the intimately personal.
should say "that moves," the addition of "and" before "the satirical" is not necessary as it changes the meaning
E) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic and the satirical and the intimately personal.
should say "that moves," the addition of "and" before "the satirical" is not necessary as it changes the meaning and creates a run on sentence
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03 Jun 2015, 16:52
OptimusPrepJanielle:
Between is used only for 2 things. How can we say chose between A, B & C ?
We always use among for selection for more than 2 items.
In option B, using with makes the list one with 2 entities :
1. comic and tragic, with the satirical
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2. and the intimately personal
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04 Jun 2015, 02:47
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Between is used only for 2 things. How can we say chose between A, B & C ?
We always use among for selection for more than 2 items.
In option B, using with makes the list one with 2 entities :
1. comic and tragic, with the satirical
&
2. and the intimately personal

Yes, between is used for two things. You would use among for A, B, and C. But that is not what is being done here. It's 1) the comic and tragic (between these two things) 2) the satirical and the intimately personal (between these two things)..not the comic and the tragic and the satirical and the intimately personal, or any other combination of these four items listed. In option B "with" is not correct. The satirical and intimately personal are separate from the comic and the tragic.
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04 Jun 2015, 03:17
OptimusPrepJanielle wrote:
Between is used only for 2 things. How can we say chose between A, B & C ?
We always use among for selection for more than 2 items.
In option B, using with makes the list one with 2 entities :
1. comic and tragic, with the satirical
&
2. and the intimately personal

Yes, between is used for two things. You would use among for A, B, and C. But that is not what is being done here. It's 1) the comic and tragic (between these two things) 2) the satirical and the intimately personal (between these two things)..not the comic and the tragic and the satirical and the intimately personal, or any other combination of these four items listed. In option B "with" is not correct. The satirical and intimately personal are separate from the comic and the tragic.

You are right but in the sentence "that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal" doesn't "the" show the parallelism marker to be "between"......and then "between" would be comparing 3 things??
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04 Jun 2015, 03:42
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that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal.

Understand the sentence as follows: that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, that moves back and forth between the satirical and the intimately personal.
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04 Jun 2015, 03:44
I agree,

A may be correct but I kept failing to understand how..

either there is an extra THE fragment or it needed proper parallel marker.

apoorv601 wrote:
OptimusPrepJanielle wrote:
Between is used only for 2 things. How can we say chose between A, B & C ?
We always use among for selection for more than 2 items.
In option B, using with makes the list one with 2 entities :
1. comic and tragic, with the satirical
&
2. and the intimately personal

Yes, between is used for two things. You would use among for A, B, and C. But that is not what is being done here. It's 1) the comic and tragic (between these two things) 2) the satirical and the intimately personal (between these two things)..not the comic and the tragic and the satirical and the intimately personal, or any other combination of these four items listed. In option B "with" is not correct. The satirical and intimately personal are separate from the comic and the tragic.

You are right but in the sentence "that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal" doesn't "the" show the parallelism marker to be "between"......and then "between" would be comparing 3 things??

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04 Jun 2015, 04:03
On occasion, the correct answer choice in sentence corrections is still not the most ideal way of stating ideas. It's simply the most correct relative to the other choices.
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30 Jun 2015, 07:03
I have a problem understanding answer explanations saying that "X is unnecessary". Now, this is obviously not an official problem, and IMO options (B), (D) and (E) can be easily eliminated. Between (A) and (C), I though:

(A) - No real issue here, though the grouping is a bit difficult to understand; Additionally, I think the two structures are not perfectly parallel because of the "the" intimately personal.
"that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal."

(C) - Obviously there is no clear reason for having present perfect, I agree. But the parallelism problem is resolved here.
"that has moved back and forth between the comic and tragic, and between the satirical and intimately personal."

For the above mentioned reasons, I chose (C). I still think that because (A) has a clear parallelism problem, (C) is preferable as it has a tense issue, which I would consider just suboptimal and is lower in terms of order of magnitude.

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30 Jun 2015, 07:22
it had to be between 'A' and 'B'. Can someone please explain the usage of 'between' here?...the 'between' construction got me thinking really hard, although i got the right answer.
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jayanthjanardhan wrote:
it had to be between 'A' and 'B'. Can someone please explain the usage of 'between' here?...the 'between' construction got me thinking really hard, although i got the right answer.

"Between" is used to compare two entities. If you want to compare more than two entities use "among". Here usage of "between" in A is correct since we have comma between two sets of entities that are compared
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03 Apr 2016, 12:22
WaterFlowsUp wrote:
Though perhaps less visceral and emotionally satisfying than her previous novels, “The Namesake” attests to Jhumpa Lahiri’s ability to write a best seller that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal

A)that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal.

B) that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, with the satirical and the intimately personal.

C)that has moved back and forth between the comic and tragic, and between the satirical and intimately personal.

D) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic, and the satirical and the intimately personal.

E) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic and the satirical and the intimately personal.

When we have a parallel structure as in the above,
a and b,c and d(say) shoudn't the parallel lists be separated by a semicolon for the sake of clarity?
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08 Apr 2016, 00:06
sayantanc2k wrote:
goforgmat wrote:
WaterFlowsUp wrote:
Though perhaps less visceral and emotionally satisfying than her previous novels, “The Namesake” attests to Jhumpa Lahiri’s ability to write a best seller that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal

A)that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal.

B) that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, with the satirical and the intimately personal.

C)that has moved back and forth between the comic and tragic, and between the satirical and intimately personal.

D) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic, and the satirical and the intimately personal.

E) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic and the satirical and the intimately personal.

When we have a parallel structure as in the above,
a and b,c and d(say) shoudn't the parallel lists be separated by a semicolon for the sake of clarity?

Semicolons are used to separate items of a list, if the list is nested within an item of another outer list, whose items are separated by commas.

Following is an example from Manhattan SC guide:

Wrong: I listen to Earth, Wind & Fire, Wow, Owls, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Right: I listen to Earth, Wind & Fire; Wow, Owls; and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Another point to observe:

The back and forth movement takes place BETWEEN 3 items:
1. the comic and tragic,
2. the satirical
3. the intimately personal

It is correct to use "between" rather than "among" even when there are more than 2 items, when these items are distinct, and not referred as a group as a whole.

The absence of comma made me think that the satirical and intimately personal are one list items !
Isn't it a rule in gmat that a comma should precede and when there are more than 2 items?

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08 Apr 2016, 00:06
sayantanc2k wrote:
goforgmat wrote:
WaterFlowsUp wrote:
Though perhaps less visceral and emotionally satisfying than her previous novels, “The Namesake” attests to Jhumpa Lahiri’s ability to write a best seller that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal

A)that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal.

B) that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, with the satirical and the intimately personal.

C)that has moved back and forth between the comic and tragic, and between the satirical and intimately personal.

D) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic, and the satirical and the intimately personal.

E) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic and the satirical and the intimately personal.

When we have a parallel structure as in the above,
a and b,c and d(say) shoudn't the parallel lists be separated by a semicolon for the sake of clarity?

Semicolons are used to separate items of a list, if the list is nested within an item of another outer list, whose items are separated by commas.

Following is an example from Manhattan SC guide:

Wrong: I listen to Earth, Wind & Fire, Wow, Owls, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Right: I listen to Earth, Wind & Fire; Wow, Owls; and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Another point to observe:

The back and forth movement takes place BETWEEN 3 items:
1. the comic and tragic,
2. the satirical
3. the intimately personal

It is correct to use "between" rather than "among" even when there are more than 2 items, when these items are distinct, and not referred as a group as a whole.

The absence of comma made me think that the satirical and intimately personal are one list items !
Isn't it a rule in gmat that a comma should precede and when there are more than 2 items?

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goforgmat wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
goforgmat wrote:
Though perhaps less visceral and emotionally satisfying than her previous novels, “The Namesake” attests to Jhumpa Lahiri’s ability to write a best seller that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal

A)that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, the satirical and the intimately personal.

B) that moves back and forth between the comic and tragic, with the satirical and the intimately personal.

C)that has moved back and forth between the comic and tragic, and between the satirical and intimately personal.

D) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic, and the satirical and the intimately personal.

E) moving back and forth between the comic and tragic and the satirical and the intimately personal.

When we have a parallel structure as in the above,
a and b,c and d(say) shoudn't the parallel lists be separated by a semicolon for the sake of clarity?

Semicolons are used to separate items of a list, if the list is nested within an item of another outer list, whose items are separated by commas.

Following is an example from Manhattan SC guide:

Wrong: I listen to Earth, Wind & Fire, Wow, Owls, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Right: I listen to Earth, Wind & Fire; Wow, Owls; and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Another point to observe:

The back and forth movement takes place BETWEEN 3 items:
1. the comic and tragic,
2. the satirical
3. the intimately personal

It is correct to use "between" rather than "among" even when there are more than 2 items, when these items are distinct, and not referred as a group as a whole.

The absence of comma made me think that the satirical and intimately personal are one list items !
Isn't it a rule in gmat that a comma should precede and when there are more than 2 items?

A comma before the last item is optional.
In GMAT generally it is found that a comma is used before the last item. However in any official explanation I have not found that a comma is mandatory.
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