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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2013, 03:59
After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying


The official answer is E, as I saw on few threads discussing this question

somehow I don't understand how official answer can be E as clearly a comma and but indicate an independent clause (I presume there had not been any typos while posting and that comma is indeed out from the underlined part) then how can E be the answer as it clearly lacks subject....The answer must be C....I would like to have some expert opinion here if E really is the answer..or please if someone who has come across this question can clarify if the comma is in the underlined part
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2013, 04:01
After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying


The official answer is E, as I saw on few threads discussing this question

somehow I don't understand how official answer can be E as clearly a comma and but indicate an independent clause (I presume there had not been any typos while posting and that comma is indeed out from the underlined part) then how can E be the answer as it clearly lacks subject....The answer must be C....I would like to have some expert opinion here if E really is the answer..or please if someone who has come across this question can clarify if the comma is in the underlined part
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Re: After several years of rapid growth, the health care company [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2013, 08:41
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals
(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying


The official answer is E, as I saw on few threads discussing this question

somehow I don't understand how official answer can be E as clearly a comma and but indicate an independent clause (I presume there had not been any typos while posting and that comma is indeed out from the underlined part) then how can E be the answer as it clearly lacks subject....The answer must be C....I would like to have some expert opinion here if E really is the answer..or please if someone who has come across this question can clarify if the comma is in the underlined part

Dear ratinarace,

I'm happy to help with this. :-) This question is about parallelism. The noun "the health care company" is the subject, and the best sentence has two verbs in parallel for this subject. This is exactly what (E) has:

.... the health care company became ......, but proved .....

Those two underlined verbs are in parallel. We don't need a pronoun before the second verb --- that actually makes the sentences longer and clunkier. The most concise and efficient sentence puts the two verbs directly in parallel.

Does this make sense?

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Re: After several years of rapid growth, the health care company [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2013, 10:59
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somehow I don't understand how official answer can be E as clearly a comma and but indicate an independent clause (I presume there had not been any typos while posting and that comma is indeed out from the underlined part) then how can E be the answer as it clearly lacks subject....The answer must be C....I would like to have some expert opinion here if E really is the answer..or please if someone who has come across this question can clarify if the comma is in the underlined part


Hi Ratinarace.

First, according to Manhattan Gmat, you cannot use a comma to separate two independent clauses. A comma is only used to connect two dependent clauses. If we have same subject, we can omit the subject in the second clause. For instance: I like apple, but always eat orange.

Next, the answer cannot be C. Let analyze the last two parts in C and E.
C: falling months behind in its paying doctors
E: falling months behind in paying doctors

What makes them different. the difference lies in "its".
In C, Because there's "its", so "paying" plays like an adjective and modifies doctors, not the health care company. Hence, the meaning is that the company is falling behind "the paying doctors". It doesn't make any sense.
In E, paying is real modifier that gives us more information about how the company proved unable to handle the increase in business (Because the company is falling behind in paying salaries for doctors and hospitals)


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Re: After several years of rapid growth, the health care company [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2013, 11:58
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Long compound sentences comprising two ICs that are connected by coordinating conjunctions such as and , or, but and so on ( there are seven of them called fanboys) generally use a comma before the conjunction; But this is skippable in short sentences

He hoped that he could get through his GMAT with over 700, but could hardly manage just 550
He wanted not tea but coffee
In the second case, we have not used any comma before but although the conjunction connects two independent nouns namely tea and coffee.
So connecting two ICS is only one of the functions of these fanboys, although they also connect other things as tow adverbs, verbs, adjective, adverbs, prepositional phrases etc
It may be also seen that in compound it is perfectly ok to skip the subject of the second IC in order to avoid redundancy, provided the subject of the first IC can also stand for the second IC.
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Re: After several years of rapid growth, the health care company [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2013, 15:25
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the Metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals

(A) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
(B) while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
(C) but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
(D) but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
(E) but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying


The official answer is E, as I saw on few threads discussing this question

somehow I don't understand how official answer can be E as clearly a comma and but indicate an independent clause (I presume there had not been any typos while posting and that comma is indeed out from the underlined part) then how can E be the answer as it clearly lacks subject....The answer must be C....I would like to have some expert opinion here if E really is the answer..or please if someone who has come across this question can clarify if the comma is in the underlined part



You are correct in saying that the comma often indicates two independent clauses. However, the comma is sometimes used to prevent any potential confusion that may arise from a long phrase or to emphasize certain parts of a sentence. The problem with C is "its paying" is awkward. Whenever there is a noun equivalent of a gerund, you should use the noun, in this case "payment".

I hope this is helpful.
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Re: After several years of rapid growth, the health care company [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2013, 20:34
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Re: After several years of rapid growth, the health care company [#permalink] New post 06 May 2013, 01:17
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying


Breaking the sentence:

"After several years of rapid growth" it is a modifier phrase modifying the main clause
main clause or clause 1 = the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area ( Health care company is the subject and became is the verb. In the metropolitan area is a prepositional phrase answering the question Where it became the largest health care company?

clause2 = while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals. (use of while is incorrect in this as while denotes simultaneous activities and given time frame) "It" is the subject of the clause and "proved" is the verb. "falling" is an verb-ING modifier modifying the subject of previous clause "IT" therefore we need "It" as a subject in previous clause
Choice C removes "while" and retains "It" so as per me this should be the correct answer.
can someone please help me understand why E is chosen over C?
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Re: After several years of rapid growth, the health care company [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2014, 20:22
A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
IT is redundant
B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
Same as (A)
C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
Same as (A)
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
proving is not a verb when it should be
E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
Correct as is
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Re: After several years of rapid growth, the health care company [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2014, 22:07
I had initially selected D, checking for parallelism between "proving" and "falling" but agree with Hades. E is the answer.
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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2014, 13:33
(main clause) ... area, but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

why there is a comma before but if subject is common ? usually gmat don't make such mistake. may be I am wrong.
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