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1) In the Unites States, more than half of all the arrests [#permalink]
05 Feb 2009, 11:45
33% (01:30) correct
67% (01:11) wrong based on 2 sessions
1) In the Unites States, more than half of all the arrests for serious crimes against property are of 20 years old or younger. A) of 20 year olds or younger. B) 20 Years old or younger. C) of persons 20 years old or younger. D) persons 20 years old or less E) 20 years or less. OA -C
Through this question, I wanted to discuss the use of "less". I feel that we can use "less" in such sentences as "persons aged 20 years or less" or "persons of age 20 years or less" because "or" is providing an alternate numeric quantity by using "OR". In this question OA is C because it uses or to provide and alternate(choice) between persons and not the numeric quantity. Please let me know whether my line of thinking is correct. Views of fellow moderators and forum members are welcome.
2) In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Alpha Behn, by 1687, had had 17 of her plays staged in as many years. A) In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters. B) In a London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters. C) Even though London's playwrights only were afforded two theaters. D) only two theaters were afforded by London to its play rights, and. E) Two theaters only were afforded by London to its play rights, and. OA-B
According to me the Answer should be A) but the OA is B. I couldn't understand the use of "a London" in option B.
3)The Statue of Liberty's defects in its supporting structure that led to its deterioration have been corrected, according to the firm of consulting engineers. A) The Statue of Liberty's defects in its supporting structure that led to its deterioration. B) The Statue of Liberty's defects in its supporting structure, leading to its deterioration. C) leading to its deterioration, the Statue of Liberty's defects in its supporting structure. D) The defects that the Statue of Liberty had in its supporting structure that led to its deterioration. E) The defects in the supporting structure of the Statue of Liberty which led to its deterioration. OA-E
I narrowed down to D and E. Although I am confused over both D and E because they are not using "that" and "which" as per GMAT rules that mandate that Relative Pronouns that/which refer the closest pronoun, I chose D over E because I thought that in option E "which" without a comma preceding is not the correct usage.Moreover, I think that in option D "that" can qualify noun "supporting structure" and "its" clearly refers to The Statue of Liberty(Subject of the sentence). I am totally puzzled.Please help me getting the logic right.
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