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I though "being" was always wrong

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I though "being" was always wrong

Post Thu Jan 25, 2007 5:18 pm
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169. Because the enemy's new ship is the quietest and it is therefore the most elusive submarine, it is being increasingly viewed by the military as a threat to security.
(A) and it is therefore the most elusive submarine, it is being increasingly viewed
(B) it is therefore the most elusive of submarines, and it has increased the view
(C) and therefore the most elusive submarine, it is being increasingly viewed
(D) and therefore it is the most elusive of submarines, there is an increasing view
(E) therefore being the most elusive of submarines, it is increasingly viewed
Correct answre is C
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Post Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:56 pm
The word "being" is, of course, a real word and can be used correctly in many contexts in the English language. So, in that sense, it isn't unusual. But it is very easy to use incorrectly and, for some reason, the test writers like to use this one incorrectly MUCH MUCH more than they like to use it correctly.

Not positive why, but I think the test writers find it easy to write "sounds fine but is actually grammatically bad" sentences using 'being.' And I honestly think that the reason they threw a correct "being" example onto the GMATPrep tests is that they know all of the test prep companies say "being is always wrong." So they're trying to make us look bad. Smile

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Post Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:36 pm
Stacey,
i saw the sign and i got all hint that it conveys. Wink
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Post Sat Jan 27, 2007 12:20 am
Almost always wrong. I've seen it right on exactly one question in 10 years. (On a GMATPrep test one of my students took last year.) I emailed it to my fellow teachers b/c it was so unusual - and everyone replied that it was the first time they'd ever seen it used in the correct answer.

This is not a great question, by the way.

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Post Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:12 am
Stacey Koprince wrote:
Almost always wrong. I've seen it right on exactly one question in 10 years. (On a GMATPrep test one of my students took last year.) I emailed it to my fellow teachers b/c it was so unusual - and everyone replied that it was the first time they'd ever seen it used in the correct answer.

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I am surprised by your reply Neutral

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Post Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:32 am
Ok
I am giving a link of "sentence correction lessons" from http://www.sentencecorrection.com/forums/index.php?s=d229f10ece479b38dc26fdb7a32cf0b4&showtopic=323
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Dear IsisAlaska,
read the entire thread.
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Post Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:08 am
so it is not that unusual...thanks!

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Post Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:45 am
isisalaska wrote:
so it is not that unusual...thanks!
Well! I havent said that Very Happy Laughing

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