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# Usage of 'While'

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Joined: 19 Aug 2015
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17 Jan 2019, 17:09
Hello Experts,
GMATNinja, EmpowerGMAT, e-GMAT, Magoosh

I am really confused about usage of 'while' in GMAT sentences.

COnsider the following sentences:

1. Many people have a disinclination to recognize the weakness of their analytical skills while willing to admit their lack of computer skills or other technical

I agree that 'have a disinclination' is wordy but the official explanation about usage of while in this sentence creates confusion:

Official explanation says "Have a disinclination is wordy (the verb disinclined is preferred) and, when followed by while willing, creates an incomplete construction"

But, I have seen 'while + participle' usage in official sentences e.g

2. They denounce big government while at the same time supporting many specific government programs for health care, education, and the environment

Can someone please explain when is 'while_participle' usage correct on GMAT?

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17 Jan 2019, 17:58
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"while" is used to connect 2 clauses. we can omit the subject of the while clause if the subject is the same as in the main clause.

regarding meaning, "while" mean "during".

in your official problem, "while willing" is correct but the combination " persons have inclination while willing..." is incorect. the persons do not have inclination only when they will something. if your sentence is correct, person do not have inclination while they do not will something. this meaning is absurd

og questions is good but og explanation is not that good. that is the reason for which we are here.
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