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07 Jul 2008, 15:48
wawatan wrote:
Because an oversupply of computer chips has sent prices plunging, the manufacturer has announced that it will cut production by closing its factories for two days a month.

A. Because an oversupply of computer chips has sent prices plunging

B. Because of plunging prices for computer chips, which is due to an oversupply

C. Because computer chip prices have been sent plunging, which resulted from an oversupply

D. Due to plunging computer chip prices from an oversupply

E. Due to an oversupply, with the result that computer chip prices have been sent plunging

I think the answer is A. D changes the orginial meaning of the sentence. A says that the manufacturer will cut production due to oversupply of computer chips.

D says that the manufacturer will cut production due to plunging computer prices.

Anyone else agree with me???

Agree ? Read my Original post
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A is the best not only from modifier point but A has parallel structure with rest of the sentence.
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06 Mar 2011, 05:03
vbansal wrote:
the OA is A. I am looking at the OG right now. I swear answers are always posted incorrectly on this forum (first time I am posting, but I keep seeing these errors...)

This sentence describes a causal sequence of events: The oversupply of chips caused prices to plunge, which in turn caused the manufacturer to announce factory closings to cut production. The clearest, most efficient way to express this sequence is to present the events in chronological order, as they occurred.

A Correct. Events are presented concisely, in chronological order.
B Because which refers to plural prices, it should be followed by are, not is.
C The violation of chronological order is confusing; reference of which is ambiguous.
D This backward description of the events behind the announcement of factory closings is confusing and awkward.
E Due to followed by with the result is redundant and unnecessarily wordy.

Bansal, Can you please provide the question number and the version of the OG where you came across this SC problem? It will help other people to get correct information.
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08 Mar 2011, 03:17
I totally agree with vbansal ... can't believe that people are posting questions without the official answers . Its very frustrating, especially for newcomers, to go through all incorrect "correct" answer choices and trying to figure out which one is correct.
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10 Mar 2011, 12:58
deepaksharma1986 wrote:
I totally agree with vbansal ... can't believe that people are posting questions without the official answers . Its very frustrating, especially for newcomers, to go through all incorrect "correct" answer choices and trying to figure out which one is correct.

Deepaksharma,
If thats the case stick with the standard GMAC material and stop whining. Unless you have exhausted standard sources you should not even be looking at other material such as the 1000 series. Some questions don't have a OA or sometimes someone may not agree with the OA and so post a question. Discussion and debates help you learn better. Please dont discourage people from posting here.
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10 Mar 2011, 14:53
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deepaksharma1986 wrote:
I totally agree with vbansal ... can't believe that people are posting questions without the official answers . Its very frustrating, especially for newcomers, to go through all incorrect "correct" answer choices and trying to figure out which one is correct.

Deepaksharma,
If thats the case stick with the standard GMAC material and stop whining. Unless you have exhausted standard sources you should not even be looking at other material such as the 1000 series. Some questions don't have a OA or sometimes someone may not agree with the OA and so post a question. Discussion and debates help you learn better. Please dont discourage people from posting here.

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I think you have failed to realise the fact that this is a question from a STANDARD GMAC source. No one is whinning here and I don't have a problem of discouraging people. It just becomes annoying because people post questions (especially from official sources) without official answers & that leads to unnecessary debates. And don't ever patronize me about sticking to something or not, do ur own thing and let me do my own
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21 Mar 2011, 01:45
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I do not think it is whining. This is an OG problem. There is only 1 correct answer. The original poster of this thread stated that the official answer was D. He said:

"I picked A on this one. But the OA is D."

This is NOT correct. The answer is in fact A.

It is frustrating when someone posts a wrong answer as the OFFICIAL answer.

Bansal,
The 1000SC doc I have does show the OA as D. I had no idea (until I saw your post) that this was a question from OG. Just to make it clear I had no intention of misleading people here. You will see this question has been posted several times on GMATclub and people have been debating about the validity of the OA
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21 Mar 2011, 01:52
deepaksharma1986 wrote:
goalsnr wrote:
deepaksharma1986 wrote:
I totally agree with vbansal ... can't believe that people are posting questions without the official answers . Its very frustrating, especially for newcomers, to go through all incorrect "correct" answer choices and trying to figure out which one is correct.

Deepaksharma,
If thats the case stick with the standard GMAC material and stop whining. Unless you have exhausted standard sources you should not even be looking at other material such as the 1000 series. Some questions don't have a OA or sometimes someone may not agree with the OA and so post a question. Discussion and debates help you learn better. Please dont discourage people from posting here.

Goalsnr,
I think you have failed to realise the fact that this is a question from a STANDARD GMAC source. No one is whinning here and I don't have a problem of discouraging people. It just becomes annoying because people post questions (especially from official sources) without official answers & that leads to unnecessary debates. And don't ever patronize me about sticking to something or not, do ur own thing and let me do my own

Read my previous post and that will clarify your invalid assumptions. The world does not operate on your likes and dislikes. Also don't patronize me on what annoys you. What may seem unnecessary to you may be important to others. If you want to do your own thing let others do their own thing as well.
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11 Aug 2011, 10:05
D is awkward.
Correct answer is A. Because it describes the causal sequence of events of the sentence.

‘Because + Main Clause’ and ‘Because of + Noun Phrase’ are acceptable at the start of a sentence. So are ‘Due to + Noun Phrase’ and ‘Due to the fact that + Main Clause’.

Due to plunging and due to over supply are incorrect. Due to the fact that over supply is correct.
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24 Dec 2011, 10:13
Can anybody help me in understanding the noun to which the pronoun 'which' refers to in choice B:
Because of plunging prices for computer chips, which is due to an oversupply....

What I have learned is that 'which' refers to the noun IMMEDIATELY preceding it. Is the noun 'computer chips' or 'plunging prices'?

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14 Jan 2012, 04:37
Because an oversupply of computer chips has sent prices plunging, the manufacturer has announced that it will cut production by closing its factories for two days a month

(A) Because an oversupply of computer chips has sent prices plunging,
(B) Because of plunging prices for computer chips, which is due to an oversupply,
(C) Because computer chip prices have been sent plunging, which resulted from on oversupply,
(D) Due to plunging computer chip prices from an oversupply,
(E) Due to an oversupply, with the result that computer chip prices have been sent plunging

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(A)
and says chronological order is needed. But why not (D) which is more concise?
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14 Jan 2012, 07:41
option D states that Due to plunging computer chip prices from an oversupply ...pl see closely whether the prices are plunging or the computer chips(as reflects from D)....so the meaning or the intend is changed.....
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20 Dec 2012, 13:39
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the OA is A. I am looking at the OG right now. I swear answers are always posted incorrectly on this forum (first time I am posting, but I keep seeing these errors...)

This sentence describes a causal sequence of events: The oversupply of chips caused prices to plunge, which in turn caused the manufacturer to announce factory closings to cut production. The clearest, most efficient way to express this sequence is to present the events in chronological order, as they occurred.

A Correct. Events are presented concisely, in chronological order.
B Because which refers to plural prices, it should be followed by are, not is.
C The violation of chronological order is confusing; reference of which is ambiguous.
D This backward description of the events behind the announcement of factory closings is confusing and awkward.
E Due to followed by with the result is redundant and unnecessarily wordy.

Bansal, Can you please provide the question number and the version of the OG where you came across this SC problem? It will help other people to get correct information.

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10 Jan 2013, 03:24
due to
mean
caused by

if you can not replace "due to" with "caused by", "due to" is wrong. D and E is out.
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A very very important point to note in the usage of Because of and Due to
Because of - used when the EFFECT is a VERB
eg) The match was postponed because of the rain
Here, in this sentence the effect is a Verb . Hence Eliminate D and E

Due to - when the EFFECT is a Noun
eg) The Postponement of the match was due to the rain

Using POE , u can arrive at A

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21 Mar 2013, 17:39
Guys, I remember this from the SAT which I took three years ago. There cannot be a grammatically correct sentence which starts with Due to. If you see something like this cross it off. Usually GMAC does not like due to in the middle of the sentence as well, but it is always wrong to start a sentence with Due to.e
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21 Mar 2013, 19:03
" the manufacturer has announced that it will....'

Though not what asked in the question, but is it OK to use 'it" for the manufacturer?
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05 May 2013, 02:25
I'm confused on the which statement here.

In choice B, "Because of plunging prices for computer chips, which is due to an oversupply,"

Does which refer to "plunging prices," or "computer chips?" I recognize that in either case, "is" should be "are," but I'd like to make sure I'm clear on the grammar rule.

In particular, I'm confused because in a previous question, "The electronics company has unveiled what it claims to be the smallest network digital camera in the world, which is as long as a handheld computer..." which seems to be incorrectly modifying world, not correctly modifying camera.

In what cases of "Because of A for B, which ..." can the which refer to B versus A?"
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06 May 2013, 03:02
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Because an oversupply of computer chips has sent prices plunging, the manufacturer has announced that it will cut production by closing its factories for two days a month.

A. Because an oversupply of computer chips has sent prices plunging

B. Because of plunging prices for computer chips, which is due to an oversupply

C. Because computer chip prices have been sent plunging, which resulted from an oversupply

D. Due to plunging computer chip prices from an oversupply

E. Due to an oversupply, with the result that computer chip prices have been sent plunging

I picked A on this one. But the OA is D. But again there seem to be different OAs for this on the GMATCLUB. I am convinced by explanations by Vikram and Ak_IDC.
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Dear Community,

Can anybody please explaine the grammatical construction "has sent prices plunging"? Doesn't GERUND refer somehow to continuous action? Thanks!

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12 Aug 2013, 10:26
Structure: "Because X did Y, A did B."

Here: "Because [this thing has sent prices plunging], [this other thing has announced blah blah blah]."
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