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# A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron

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15. A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.

(A) A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass. (B) After passing through a red giant stage, de- pending on its mass, a star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole. (C) After passing through a red giant stage, a starâ€™s mass will determine if it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole
(D) Mass determines whether a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(E) The mass of a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will determine whether it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.

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08 Feb 2005, 09:05
D) is it ?

A) "...depending on mass." is modifying what ???
B) "After passing through a red giant stage, de- pending on its mass, a star..." same as above. the modifying is not clear.
C) "After passing through a red giant stage, a starâ€™s mass..." again...sound like the star`s mass is passing...
D) yeah baby
E) "The mass of a star, after passing..." again...sound like the mass of a star is passing
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08 Feb 2005, 09:23
(A) A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.
Should be "its" mass.

(B) After passing through a red giant stage, de- pending on its mass, a star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.

(C) After passing through a red giant stage, a starâ€™s mass will determine if it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole
Read like a star's mass is passing throught the red giant stage.

(D) Mass determines whether a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
Whose mass?

(E) The mass of a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will determine whether it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
Same with (C).

So (B).
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08 Feb 2005, 09:32
what about "its" in B) ? is it refering to a red giant stage or to the star ?

in D) it is clear that "Mass" determines" the "star" and the "star" passes and will compress...
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08 Feb 2005, 09:46
christoph- depending on its mass, a star...........look at how close the modifier is to the subject. How can it be unclear???
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08 Feb 2005, 09:56
banerjeea_98 wrote:
15. A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.

(A) A star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole after it passes through a red giant stage, depending on mass.

(B) After passing through a red giant stage, de- pending on its mass, a star will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.

(C) After passing through a red giant stage, a starâ€™s mass will determine if it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole
(D) Mass determines whether a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will compress itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.
(E) The mass of a star, after passing through the red giant stage, will determine whether it compresses itself into a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.

Plz explain

I think the answer should be D.

in B, "After passing through a red giant stage, de- pending on its mass...", Isn't it sounds like the mass of the red giant stage ?
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08 Feb 2005, 10:25
Both B and D sound choppy but I choose B. Can't explain why I would eliminate D though, just sounds wrong I guess. OA anyone?
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08 Feb 2005, 10:44
I believe you can't use "mass" standing along like this. You'd have to say "a star's mass", or at least "the mass (of a star)".
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08 Feb 2005, 13:22
D it is.
Modifiers misplaced in different places except D.

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08 Feb 2005, 18:22
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09 Feb 2005, 09:27
Sorry OA is "D".
09 Feb 2005, 09:27
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