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# Traditional art and modern art both part of the cultural frame of

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Project SC Butler: Day 131 Sentence Correction (SC1)

Traditional art and modern art, both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans, share many aspects of the artistic language.

(A) both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans

(B) are both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans

(C) part of both the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans

(D) being part of the cultural reference frame of most Americans and Europeans

(E) have both been part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans

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Project SC Butler: Day 131 Sentence Correction (SC1)

THE PROMPT
Traditional art and modern art, both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans, share many aspects of the artistic language.

Meaning?
-- both of which are part of the way that most Americans and Europeans understand the world --
SHARE many aspects of the artistic language.

THE OPTIONS

Quote:
(A) Traditional art and modern art, both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans, share many aspects of the artistic language.

-- no errors

Quote:
(B) Traditional art and modern art, are both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans , [and] share many aspects of the artistic language.

• we do not put commas between subjects and immediate verbs. There should not be a comma before ARE
-- Wrong: Etienne and Bjorn, are cousins.
• if ARE is inserted, then then second verb phrase, "share . . . " is disconnected from the subject. We need an AND (almost certainly without the second highlighted comma)
Wrong: Etienne and Bjorn, are cousins, share genetic traits.
Correct: Etienne and Bjorn are cousins and share genetic traits.

Quote:
(C) Traditional art and modern art, part of both [WHAT? BOTH WHAT?] the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans , share many aspects of the artistic language.

• as the word both is used in this sentence, two things must follow: BOTH X AND Y
Only one thing follows, though — THE cultural frame of reference.
It does not matter that ONE frame of reference is shared by TWO different groups.
The frame of reference is still just one thing.
Wrong: The cartoon is part of both the first chapter.
Correct: The cartoon is part of both the first chapter and the epilogue.

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(D) Traditional art and modern art, being part of the cultural reference frame [WHAT IS THIS THING? IS IT SPECIFIC?] of most Americans and Europeans, share many aspects of the artistic language.

• BEING? Test: eliminate it. Does the sentence still make sense? Yes? We don't need BEING
• Compare to option A. In this instance, this assertion is appropriate: Being is awkward and makes the sentence clunky.
• THE cultural reference frame? Is that a particular KIND of reference frame? Is there only one cultural reference frame?
No. A frame of reference is general. Although it is also fairly stable, a frame of reference is not set in concrete. I don't know what this thing is that the sentence mentions.

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(E) Traditional art and modern art,have both been part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans , [AND] share many aspects of the artistic language.

• the comma before the verb have [both] been is incorrect, as is the case with ARE in option B
• also as is the case in B, now the second verb phrase, share many aspects is disconnected. We need an AND.

BY POE, the answer is A

NOTES
amitanshumaity is correct:
Quote:
Structure analysis--> X and Y, Modifier, Verb, and object.

And Xylan is spot on about strategy
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Issues:
Though have skepticism about the usage of both, Could NOT find anything wrong in OptionA.
- The modifier within the two commas correctly modifies the plural subject.
If nothing better appears ------> A is the answer.

As far as I can tell, other posters who were in doubt took the same approach.
Smart move.

Options B and E are disasters. We do not put commas between subjects and verbs that follow immediately.
Option C is missing its other noun: part of BOTH X AND Y.
Option C says . . . part of BOTH X

Let's say that option D did not have this weird THE frame of cultural reference.
Or let's say that we do not notice any difference between the specific phrase in (D) and the general one in (A).

Now D is identical to A except for one word—being.
Does BEING make D better than A? Nope.

For the most part, very nicely done.

The strategy behind POE works. I am happy to see lots of stalwart forum members' posts that reinforce the wisdom of the strategy.

Partial explanations get a smiley face. Full explanations get kudos.

Next week: KUDOS will be awarded only to full explanations. (What is wrong with all four incorrect options?)

Also next week, I will post on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (NOT M, W, and F)

Happy kudos!
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28 Jun 2019, 17:59
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Traditional art and modern art, both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans, share many aspects of the artistic language.

Structure analysis--> X and Y, Modifier, Verb, and object.

Both part of the cultural frame... Europeans --> Correctly modifies Traditional art and modern art.
Verb --> Share agrees with the subject of Traditional art and modern art.

The sentence is correct as it is. Other choices either changes the intended meaning or bring in unwanted connections.

IMHO A
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28 Jun 2019, 18:46
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The modifier within the two commas correctly modifies the plural subject.
Simple present tense is sufficient to use here.

All other options have some form of these errors.
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28 Jun 2019, 19:19
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generis wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 131 Sentence Correction (SC1)

Traditional art and modern art, both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans, share many aspects of the artistic language.

(A) both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans

(B) are both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans

(C) part of both the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans

(D) being part of the cultural reference frame of most Americans and Europeans

(E) have both been part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans

A - correct, traditional and modern art - both modifier- share
B - are both, share - run on sentences.
C - both wrongly refers to cultural references
D - being - mostly wrong on GMAT SC - here must be given without “,” and still would give the meaning that because they are part of cultural references they share. Wrong
E - present perfect - tense doesn’t agree and same error as B (run on).

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28 Jun 2019, 22:45
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IMO A

Traditional art and modern art, both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans, share many aspects of the artistic language.

(A) both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans
Looks ok

(B) are both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans
The verb "are"is separated from the subject by a comma -hence incorrect

(C) part of both the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans
"both "wrongly refers to cultural frame,it should refer to arts

(D) being part of the cultural reference frame of most Americans and Europeans
"being "cannot be used as a modifier

(E) have both been part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans
Same as B
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28 Jun 2019, 23:13
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generis wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 131 Sentence Correction (SC1)

Traditional art and modern art, both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans, share many aspects of the artistic language.

Sentence Structure
Subject - Verb - Modifier
Traditional art and modern art, both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans, share many aspects of the artistic language.

Issues:
Though have skepticism about the usage of both, Could NOT find anything wrong in OptionA.
- The modifier within the two commas correctly modifies the plural subject.
If nothing better appears ------> A is the answer.

(A) both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans
A is the least bad of all the answer choices. A is the winner!

(B) are both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans
Incorrect meaning because of the faulty usage of both
- Both should modify the "art forms" rather than the "part of ..."
Flawed structure - are both, share - run on sentences.

(C) part of both the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans
Idiom error: Both X and Y

(D) being part of the cultural reference frame of most Americans and Europeans
The usage of being makes D inferior to A.

(E) have both been part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans
General facts should be stated in the present tense. - Unsolicited verb-tense shift.
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28 Jun 2019, 23:43
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Imo A.

Traditional art and modern art, both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans, share many aspects of the artistic language.

(A) both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans - Information in comma pair describes more about both art. Subject (Traditional art & modern art) matches with verb (share). Seems no grammatical or logical error, let's park it.

(B) are both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans - Two independent clauses are connected with comma. Hence, incorrect.

(C) part of both the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans - Distorts meaning of the sentence as compared to original sentence.

D) being part of the cultural reference frame of most Americans and Europeans - Incorrect use of being.

(E) have both been part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans - Two independent clauses are connected with comma. Hence, incorrect.
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I took me 2 minutes and 18 seconds. I spent most of the time debating between A and D. I finally chose A.

(A) I do not see anything obviously wrong with A. Note that the texts that are not underlined is a complete sentence: Traditional art and modern art share many aspects of the artistic language. This helps eliminate B and E easily.
(B) "are both..." is a verb. It cannot be used. We already have a complete sentence. Also, there should be no comma between subject and verb.
(C) "part of both" strongly indicates there are two items after both. But we only see one item "the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans". So this version feels incomplete.
(D) Well, is the use of "being" almost always wrong in GMAT? Certainly, D can get rid of being and still function basically the same. Out of abundance of caution, I spent most of time trying to find something else that can help me eliminate D with higher confidence. I did notice that "the cultural frame of reference" in (A) is now rewritten to be "the cultural reference frame". I know "frame of reference" is commonly used. But I am still not sure if "the cultural reference frame" is thus incorrect. Also, (A) uses "both" but (D) does not. In the end, I decided (A) is better based mainly on the use of "being".
(E) "have both" is a verb. Same error with B.
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30 Jun 2019, 20:28
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Traditional art and modern art, both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans, share many aspects of the artistic language.

(A) both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans - correct

(B) are both part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans - the verb for Traditional art and modern art is share

(C)part of both the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans - change the meaning
(D) being part of the cultural reference frame of most Americans and Europeans - wrong

(E) have both been part of the cultural frame of reference of most Americans and Europeans - here is no needs for present perfect
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30 Jun 2019, 22:38
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The official explanation has been posted here.
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27 Nov 2019, 08:44
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Is it possible or I should say "good English" for a VERB to come before a subject, If so can you quote an eg ?

Warm wishes
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