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Re: 5 STRATEGIES GMAT USES TO DISTORT MEANING - Final Version [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 09:12
thanks a lot for this stuff......it makes a lot of sense
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Re: 5 Strategies that GMAT uses to distort meaning [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2012, 18:01
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Re: 5 Strategies that GMAT uses to distort meaning [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 16:11
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Try this question testing correct placemnt of modifier for logical meaning from OGV2. Do present your analysis, especially of the grammatically correct but logically incorrect answer choice.

Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year were constructed in violation of the city's building code.

A) Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year were

B) Some buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake last year had been

C) Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year have been

D) Last year the earthquake destroyed or heavly damaged some buildings that have been

E) Last year some of the buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earth quake had been

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Re: 5 Strategies that GMAT uses to distort meaning [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 20:43
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Try this question testing correct placemnt of modifier for logical meaning from OGV2. Do present your analysis, especially of the grammatically correct but logically incorrect answer choice.

Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year were constructed in violation of the city's building code.

A) Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year were

B) Some buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake last year had been

C) Some buildings that were destroyed and heavily damaged in the earthquake last year have been

D) Last year the earthquake destroyed or heavly damaged some buildings that have been

E) Last year some of the buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earth quake had been

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Will vote for B

Some buildings that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake last year had been constructed in violation of the city's building code.

Some buildings [that.. last year] had been constructed in violation of the city's building code.
Subject: Some buildings
Verb: had been

that were destroyed or heavily damaged in the earthquake last year
Subject: that - refers to "Some buildings"
Verb: were
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Re: 5 Strategies that GMAT uses to distort meaning [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2012, 06:35
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Re: 5 Strategies that GMAT uses to distort meaning [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 20:41
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e-gmat brings you a fresh 700+ level question that is based on one of the 5 strategies used by GMAT to introduce errors as mentioned in this article. Try this one and postyour detailed analysis. Good explanations will get Kudos from us. :)

Although Google has launched ‘unchic’ glasses with a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen, providing Internet access through wearable technology, it has approached Warby Parker, an e-commerce eyeglass company, to help it design more fashionable frames.

A. Google has launched ‘unchic’ glasses with a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen to provide Internet access through wearable technology, it has approached Warby Parker
B. ‘unchic’ glasses have been launched with a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen, Google has provided Internet access through wearable technology and has approached Warby Parker
C. ‘unchic’ glasses that have a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen have been launched by Google to provide Internet access through wearable technology, Warby Parker has been approached
D. Google, launching ‘unchic’ glasses with a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen, has provided Internet access through wearable technology and has approached Warby Parker
E. Google has launched ‘unchic’ glasses that have a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen to provide Internet access through wearable technology, Warby Parker has been approached

OA and OE will be posted after some discussion. Happy Solving. :)
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Re: 5 Strategies that GMAT uses to distort meaning [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 20:42
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Here comes the detailed explanation for this exercise question:

Although Google has launched ‘unchic’ glasses with a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen, providing Internet access through wearable technology, it has approached Warby Parker, an e-commerce eyeglass company, to help it design more fashionable frames.


Meaning Analysis
• This sentence presents contrast.
• Google has launched glasses – wearable technology that provides internet access
o These glasses contain a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen.
o These glasses are not very attractive
• Even though Google has LAUNCHED these glasses, it has approached Warby Parker so that Warby Parker can help it design more fashionable frames.
o Warby Parker is an online eyeglass company.

Errors in Original Sentence
• Clause 1: Although Google has launched ‘unchic’ glasses with a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen, providing Internet access through wearable technology,
• Clause 2: it has approached Warby Parker, an e-commerce eyeglass company, to help it design more fashionable frames.

1. All the S-V pairs are accounted for.
2. All the verbs are written correctly in present perfect tense.
3. The pronoun reference is correct.
4. The use of comma + verbing modifier “providing…” and other modifiers is correct.
5. There are no errors in the sentence.

Answer Choice Analysis
A. Google has launched ‘unchic’ glasses with a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen to provide Internet access through wearable technology, it has approached Warby Parker: Correct Choice.

B. ‘unchic’ glasses have been launched with a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen, Google has provided Internet access through wearable technology and has approached Warby Parker : Incorrect
Error 1 – The verb of Clause 1 has been turned into a passive voice. With this change in voice, now the choice fails to say WHO has lunched the glasses.
Error 2 – Per the original sentence, the contrast is – Although Google has launched glasses, it has approached WP to help it design better frames. Per this choice, the contrast is – Although unchic glasses have been launched, Google has provided Internet access through wearable technology. This contrast is illogical. Actually by launching those glasses, Google has provided Internet access. This choice has converted logical information into illogical contrasting information.

C. ‘unchic’ glasses that have a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen have been launched by Google to provide Internet access through wearable technology, Warby Parker has been approached: Incorrect.
Error - Because of change in voice, this choice now fails to convey that Google approached WB, as communicated in the original sentence.

D. Google, launching ‘unchic’ glasses with a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen, has provided Internet access through wearable technology and has approached Warby Parker: Incorrect.
Error – Per this choice, there is no IC in the sentence. The contrasting information is missing here.

E. Google has launched ‘unchic’ glasses that have a computer processor, a battery, and a tiny screen to provide Internet access through wearable technology, Warby Parker has been approached: Incorrect.
Error - The passive voice construction fails to convey the entity that has approached WP.

Takeaways
1. The correct answer choice must contain all the information presented in the original sentence.
2. The sentence must have an IC.
3. The contrasting elements must be grammatical and logical.

Hope this helps. :-)
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Re: 5 STRATEGIES THAT GMAT USES TO DISTORT MEANING [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2013, 08:14
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STRATEGY 4 - CHANGE OF VOICE


Before scientists learned how to make a synthetic growth hormone, removing it painstakingly in small amounts from the pituitary glands of human cadavers.
    A. scientists learned how to make a synthetic growth hormone, removing it painstakingly
    B. scientists had learned about making a synthetic growth hormone, they had to remove it painstakingly
    C. scientists learned how to synthesize the growth hormone, it had to be painstakingly removed
    D. learning how to make a synthetic growth hormone, scientists had to remove it painstakingly
    E. learning how to synthesize the growth hormone, it have to be painstakingly removed by scientists

Intended meaning from Choice A: This choice does not communicate a clear meaning. The intended meaning of the sentence from choice A can be inferred as follows:
• Some kind of sequencing is shown using the word “before”.
• Scientists learned how to make a synthetic growth hormone
• However, due to the construction of the sentence, the event that happened prior to this event is not clearly specified. However, we can infer that the prior event may be - removing the growth hormone painstakingly from the pituitary glands of human cadavers.

Thus this choice is incorrect because it does not communicate the meaning of the sentence clearly. Grammatically, this choice does not have an independent clause and hence is a fragment.

Intended meaning from Correct Choice C: Choice C corrects these errors and communicates the inferred meaning clearly. It effectively uses passive voice “it had to be painstakingly removed” to present the prior event. Note that the original sentence (choice A) does not say anything about who actually painstakingly removed the hormone from the human cadavers.

Grammatically Correct but Incorrect choice (D)– Notice how in choice D the test makers have changed the voice of one of the verbs. Now the sentence uses active voice “scientists had to painstakingly remove…”. This changes the meaning of the original sentence since it now adds new information that “scientists” actually had to remove the hormone. This information is not present in the original choice. And hence this choice by “adding” to the meaning of the sentence, changes the meaning and hence is incorrect. Carefully notice that this sentence does not have any grammatical errors.



I think there is one subtle change in meaning that was missed in the explanation. "Synthetic growth hormone" is artificial and hence cannot be removed from the pituitary glands of human cadavers. Hence, any option in which the "it" refers back to this term is flawed and can be eliminated.
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STRATEGY 4 - CHANGE OF VOICE


Before scientists learned how to make a synthetic growth hormone, removing it painstakingly in small amounts from the pituitary glands of human cadavers.
    A. scientists learned how to make a synthetic growth hormone, removing it painstakingly
    B. scientists had learned about making a synthetic growth hormone, they had to remove it painstakingly
    C. scientists learned how to synthesize the growth hormone, it had to be painstakingly removed
    D. learning how to make a synthetic growth hormone, scientists had to remove it painstakingly
    E. learning how to synthesize the growth hormone, it have to be painstakingly removed by scientists

Intended meaning from Choice A: This choice does not communicate a clear meaning. The intended meaning of the sentence from choice A can be inferred as follows:
• Some kind of sequencing is shown using the word “before”.
• Scientists learned how to make a synthetic growth hormone
• However, due to the construction of the sentence, the event that happened prior to this event is not clearly specified. However, we can infer that the prior event may be - removing the growth hormone painstakingly from the pituitary glands of human cadavers.

Thus this choice is incorrect because it does not communicate the meaning of the sentence clearly. Grammatically, this choice does not have an independent clause and hence is a fragment.

Intended meaning from Correct Choice C: Choice C corrects these errors and communicates the inferred meaning clearly. It effectively uses passive voice “it had to be painstakingly removed” to present the prior event. Note that the original sentence (choice A) does not say anything about who actually painstakingly removed the hormone from the human cadavers.

Grammatically Correct but Incorrect choice (D)– Notice how in choice D the test makers have changed the voice of one of the verbs. Now the sentence uses active voice “scientists had to painstakingly remove…”. This changes the meaning of the original sentence since it now adds new information that “scientists” actually had to remove the hormone. This information is not present in the original choice. And hence this choice by “adding” to the meaning of the sentence, changes the meaning and hence is incorrect. Carefully notice that this sentence does not have any grammatical errors.



I think there is one subtle change in meaning that was missed in the explanation. "Synthetic growth hormone" is artificial and hence cannot be removed from the pituitary glands of human cadavers. Hence, any option in which the "it" refers back to this term is flawed and can be eliminated.


Hi there,

Yes, you are absolutely correct in your analysis. Scientists cannot remove "synthetic growth hormones" from human organs. Hence, usage of "it" to refer to this entity is incorrect. This error has been rectified in Choice C by turning synthetic into a "to verb".

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Re: 5 Strategies that GMAT uses to distort meaning [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2013, 10:17
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Re: 5 STRATEGIES THAT GMAT USES TO DISTORT MEANING [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2013, 01:31
OFFICIAL QUESTION 1 – OG VR2 – Q#31

Now lets take an official question:

Nearly two tons of nuclear-reactor fuel have already been put into orbit around the Earth, and the chances of a collision involving such material increase greatly as the amount of both space debris and satellites continue to rise.
A. as the amount of both space debris and satellites continue to rise
B. as the rise continues in both the amount of satellites and space debris
C. as the amount of space debris and the number of satellites continue to rise
D. with the continually increasing amount of space debris and the number of satellites
E. with the amount of space debris continuing to increase along with the number of satellites

Please explain why option D is wrong?
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'increasing' or is it that with cannot be used for comparisons ?
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Re: 5 Strategies that GMAT uses to distort meaning [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2013, 11:23
D. Sounds awkward, here As is preferred over with.
compared to D option C is concise.

with
"the continually increasing amount of space debris"
and
"the number of satellites"

Here you can see in option D "continually increasing" is applying to only space debris, however in option A it is covering satellites as well.
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Re: 5 Strategies that GMAT uses to distort meaning [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2013, 23:00
In choosing between two grammatically correct sentence but different meaning how do we know which is the correct meaning.

For example for this:-
Heartless human beings are like wild animals, which will rip its own kin at the slightest of need and that too without a sign of remorse.
A. Heartless human beings are like wild animals, which will rip its own kin at the slightest of need
B. Heartless human beings were like wild animals, which have ripped their own kin at the slightest of need
C. Human beings are like heartless wild animals, which rip their own kin in the slightest of need
D. Human beings are like heartless wild animals, which rip at its own kin in the slightest of need
E. Heartless human beings are like wild animals, which rip their own kin in the slightest of need.

Now C & E both are correct but E is correct as per meaning.
My doubt is how do we find out what is the intended meaning of a sentence when more than 1 meaning makes sense.
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