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After moving to Switzerland in the 1890’s, Albert Einstein attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis and developing a foundation for his future work in mathematical physics.

a.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis and developing
b.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis and developed
c.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, received in-depth training in quantitative analysis, and he developed
d.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, received in-depth training in quantitative analysis, developing
e.attending the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis, and developing
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Re: SC 700-800 level Source: MGM [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 05:12
Guys need and explanation on why "c" is wrong here?
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Re: SC 700-800 level Source: MGM [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 06:11
Disclaimer : I got the above question wrong, but I can tell you why Option C is not correct.

c.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, received in-depth training in quantitative analysis, and he developed

The "he" is not required here, and it causes option C to be wrong.

I however chose option D but I can see how Option A is better with parallelism. Thank you for posting this question!
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Re: After moving to Switzerland in the 1890’s, Albert Einstein [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 09:17
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After moving to Switzerland in the 1890’s, Albert Einstein attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis and developing a foundation for his future work in mathematical physics.

a.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis and developing
b.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis and developed
c.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, received in-depth training in quantitative analysis, and he developed
d.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, received in-depth training in quantitative analysis, developing
e.attending the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis, and developing


Aside answer choice A all the others lack of parallellism.

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Re: After moving to Switzerland in the 1890’s, Albert Einstein [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 11:26
Dealing with list of actions Einstein performed, and hence all the 3 must be parallel. In the non underline portion of the sentence, we have "Moving", hence the correct usage of the other 3 verbs must be in -ing form.

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Re: After moving to Switzerland in the 1890’s, Albert Einstein [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 11:32
Hey guys thanks for solving the problem. You are right Vishnu the "he developed" changes the meaning

Also ",and" is wrong - as pointed out by Carcass

I was hasty and did not check for the availability of this particular question and solution - sry for that.

I searched for the original post after Carcass PMed me and it has similar explanation.

@carcass - The review screen of MGM cat showed this question at a level of 700, so took it on its face value :D
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After moving to Switzerland in the 1890’s, Albert Einstein [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2014, 11:56
I believe answer choices A and B are very close...

However, answer choice B is not grammatically incorrect. It just changes the original meaning of the sentence.

Answer choice A says:
After moving to Switzerland, Einstein attended a school in Zurich. There, he did 2 things:
a- received in-depth training in quantitative analysis and
b- developed a foundation for his future work in mathematical physics.
These 2 things are consequences of Einstein attending that school in Zurich.

This makes sense. This answer is correct grammatically.


Answer choice B says.
After moving to Switzerland, Einstein did 2 things:
1- he attended a school in Zurich. There, he received in-depth training in quantitative analysis (the ING Modifier "receiving in-depth training..." modifies "attended the Swiss Federal...")
2- developed a foundation for his future work in mathematical physics.
This means that the foundation for his future work was not developed as a consequence of attending the school in Zurich but was indeed developed after moving to Switzerland.

This also makes sense and it is correct grammatically.



So, how you tell the difference?
1- You know the biography of Einstein cold (not required for the GMAT)
2- You refer to the intended meaning of the original sentence. In other words, answer choice A states the correct sequence of events. Answer choice B states a slightly different scenario and thus distorts the intended original meaning.


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Re: After moving to Switzerland in the 1890’s, Albert Einstein [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2014, 10:55
carcass wrote:
sayansarkar wrote:
After moving to Switzerland in the 1890’s, Albert Einstein attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis and developing a foundation for his future work in mathematical physics.

a.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis and developing
b.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis and developed
c.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, received in-depth training in quantitative analysis, and he developed
d.attended the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, received in-depth training in quantitative analysis, developing
e.attending the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, receiving in-depth training in quantitative analysis, and developing


Aside answer choice A all the others lack of parallellism.

Hope this helps you


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If in B, there had been a coma before developed would that have been correct? I thought developed was parallel with attended.

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Re: After moving to Switzerland in the 1890’s, Albert Einstein [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2014, 21:51
IMO there should be a comma before and in B.
received in-depth training in quantitative analysis (CAUSE 1), EFFECT, and (CAUSE 2)

minwoswoh wrote:
I believe answer choices A and B are very close...

However, [b]answer choice B is not grammatically incorrect[/b]. It just changes the original meaning of the sentence.

Answer choice A says:
After moving to Switzerland, Einstein attended a school in Zurich. There, he did 2 things:
a- received in-depth training in quantitative analysis and
b- developed a foundation for his future work in mathematical physics.
These 2 things are consequences of Einstein attending that school in Zurich.

This makes sense. This answer is correct grammatically.


Answer choice B says.
After moving to Switzerland, Einstein did 2 things:
1- he attended a school in Zurich. There, he received in-depth training in quantitative analysis (the ING Modifier "receiving in-depth training..." modifies "attended the Swiss Federal...")
2- developed a foundation for his future work in mathematical physics.
This means that the foundation for his future work was not developed as a consequence of attending the school in Zurich but was indeed developed after moving to Switzerland.

This also makes sense and it is correct grammatically.



So, how you tell the difference?
1- You know the biography of Einstein cold (not required for the GMAT)
2- You refer to the intended meaning of the original sentence. In other words, answer choice A states the correct sequence of events. Answer choice B states a slightly different scenario and thus distorts the intended original meaning.


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Re: After moving to Switzerland in the 1890’s, Albert Einstein   [#permalink] 23 Dec 2014, 21:51
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