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Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company b [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 19:30
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Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company board’s several entrepreneurs believe that what the two programmers have developed is the start of something very important.

1. Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company board’s several entrepreneurs
2. Based on the limited usefulness thus far, several of the entrepreneurs on the company board
3. With the limited usefulness thus far, several of the entrepreneurs on the company board
4. Despite the limited usefulness thus far, the several entrepreneurs on the company board
5. While limited in usefulness thus far, the several entrepreneurs on the company board
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Re: Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company b [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 19:58
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The meaning of the sentence is to provide a contrast. Such a contrast is obeyed in answer choices A, D & E. Hence, B & C are out.

Option A has a pronoun issue.."their", which ideally should refer to the development and hence be "it".

Option E changes the meaning.

limited usefulness- implies that the developed product's usefulness is limited, which is the intended meaning
limited in usefulness- implies that the developed product is limited to its usefulness and does not go beyond that

Option D thus emerges the winner.



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Re: Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company b [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2013, 01:22
the first phrase in the choice A,B,C and E is adjectival,which must refer to a noun modified. we have to find a eligible/logic noun for the first phrase. There is no such noun and they are wrong choices.

in contrast, the first phrase in choic D is adverbial , which can modify a verb/clause. we see that the realation between it and the verb "believe" is correct relation between adverbial and verb. D is ok
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Re: Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company b [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2013, 05:48
honchos wrote:
Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company board’s several entrepreneurs believe that what the two programmers have developed is the start of something very important.

1. Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company board’s several entrepreneurs
2. Based on the limited usefulness thus far, several of the entrepreneurs on the company board
3. With the limited usefulness thus far, several of the entrepreneurs on the company board
4. Despite the limited usefulness thus far, the several entrepreneurs on the company board
5. While limited in usefulness thus far, the several entrepreneurs on the company board


The meaning I got from this is that the entrepreneurs weren't useful thus far,as the word "their" indicates in the question.
Can someone explain why this is wrong?
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Re: Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company b [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2013, 10:21
Skag55 wrote:
honchos wrote:
Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company board’s several entrepreneurs believe that what the two programmers have developed is the start of something very important.

1. Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company board’s several entrepreneurs
2. Based on the limited usefulness thus far, several of the entrepreneurs on the company board
3. With the limited usefulness thus far, several of the entrepreneurs on the company board
4. Despite the limited usefulness thus far, the several entrepreneurs on the company board
5. While limited in usefulness thus far, the several entrepreneurs on the company board


The meaning I got from this is that the entrepreneurs weren't useful thus far,as the word "their" indicates in the question.
Can someone explain why this is wrong?


Hi Skag55,

You are right in your analysis, as long as this pertains to the original steem: answer A. This is the case of a dangling modifier.

However, if you look at the correct answer choice, which is D, the effect doesn't occur. Remember, "although" is followed by clauses and "despite" is followed by nouns (e.g.: Despite the rain, he went out).

I hope this is clear,
Re: Although limited in their usefulness thus far, the company b   [#permalink] 10 Nov 2013, 10:21
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