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By recording the noise of crinkled wrappers as they were slowly stretched out in an otherwise silent chamber, and then digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not continuous but consisted of individual bursts or pops just thousandths of a second long.

(A) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not
(B) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found that the noise was not
(C) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not to be
(D) the sound emissions were digitized and analyzed on computers, a team of scientists found that the noise was not
(E) the sound emissions were digitized and analyzed on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not to be

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why not B ?
the structure noise not to be appears a little akward. Can somebody help me with the choice of OA?
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21 Jul 2012, 19:48
In B found that is not parallel to but consisted
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21 Jul 2012, 21:42
Hi Maybeam,

Are you sure that OA is C? It doesn't make sense. Answer should be B as parallelism is maintained in option B. We need a relative clause here in order to tell the findings of the scientists.
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22 Jul 2012, 02:22
dragonball wrote:
Hi Maybeam,

Are you sure that OA is C? It doesn't make sense. Answer should be B as parallelism is maintained in option B. We need a relative clause here in order to tell the findings of the scientists.

I m not sure. in the doc i refer it is C
i marked as B.

if its B then plz let me know.
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22 Jul 2012, 11:31

http://www.beatthegmat.com/noise-t67737.html
http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentenc ... sions.html

it would be great if experts can help.

maybeam wrote:
dragonball wrote:
Hi Maybeam,

Are you sure that OA is C? It doesn't make sense. Answer should be B as parallelism is maintained in option B. We need a relative clause here in order to tell the findings of the scientists.

I m not sure. in the doc i refer it is C
i marked as B.

if its B then plz let me know.
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22 Jul 2012, 11:49
rajmatthew wrote:
In B found that is not parallel to but consisted

Why do you think "found that is not parallel to but consisted" in B

I think in this context "found that" is the most correct idiom, hence B should be the answer.
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22 Jul 2012, 13:01
i'm suprised most of pepole took B,i chose C
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23 Jul 2012, 01:20
I chose C as well .. The verdict was between B and C, but then I thought "was not" may be not a right usage, as that may be inferred as something that happened in past and is over, but the property of the sound still exists and hence meaning came out a little better. But this was a guess. Experts please explain your view.
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23 Jul 2012, 09:54
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Here the usage of "that" must be looked into.

After a verb, "that" often can be omitted without loss in meaning.

He said that he was tired. No need for "that"

We need to use "that" in cases when the words following the verb can be mistaken as the object of the verb.

In the above question, "a team of scientists found that the noise was not" here we can omit "that"

By recording....digitizing..analyzing....a team of scientists found the noise was not...

In case the structure was....... "A team of scientists on recording...digitizing..analyzing, found "that" the noise....."

Hope it solves the issue!...
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22 Feb 2014, 13:05
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/06/01/us/no ... opera.html

found B in that NYT article.
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22 Feb 2014, 17:02
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By recording the noise of crinkled wrappers as they were slowly stretched out in an otherwise silent chamber, and then digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not continuous but consisted of individual bursts or pops just thousandths of a second long.

(A) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not
(B) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found that the noise was not
(C) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not to be
(D) the sound emissions were digitized and analyzed on computers, a team of scientists found that the noise was not
(E) the sound emissions were digitized and analyzed on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not to be

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why not B ?
the structure noise not to be appears a little akward. Can somebody help me with the choice of OA?

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By recording the noise of crinkled wrappers as they were slowly stretched out in an otherwise silent chamber, and then digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not continuous but consisted of individual bursts or pops just thousandths of a second long.

THE CLEAR CONTENDERS ARE "B" AND "C"......

(B) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found that the noise was not......."WAS NOT" IS PARRALLEL TO "CONSISTED OF"....BOTH IN SIMPLE PAST TENSE............CORRECT

(C) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not to be.......WITH "TO BE" WE SHOULD HAVE USED "CONSISTING OF" ---NOT "CONSISTED OF"......... SINCE "CONSISTED OF" IS NOT UNDERLINED WE CANT CHANGE IT... HENCE " TO BE " IS INCORRECT.....
THE CORRECT SENTENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN.......

By recording the noise of crinkled wrappers as they were slowly stretched out in an otherwise silent chamber, and then digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not to becontinuous but consisting of individual bursts or pops just thousandths of a second long.

HENCE "C" INCORRECT.....
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27 Feb 2014, 11:25

Question is drawn from article at following link.
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/06/01/us/no ... opera.html
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Question is drawn from article at following link.
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/06/01/us/no ... opera.html

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10 Mar 2014, 05:00
I agree with B.

(B) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found that the noise was not
found thatthe noise was not continuous but consisted
(C) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not to be
the noise not to be continuous but (to be) consisting of. however the non-underlined portion has "consisted".
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02 Jan 2015, 06:26
My two cents .

D , E are out because the parallelism is lost as well as the sentences become passive in voice which is not required .
C is out because of the construction Not X but Y , C tends to have Not to be X but Y not parallel .

I know B is the answer , but i am still confused about how is A and B different ?
Can anybody help me here with the subtle difference between A and B ?
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this is my explanation:

By recording the noise of crinkled wrappers as they were slowly stretched out in an otherwise silent chamber, and then digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not continuous but consisted of individual bursts or pops just thousandths of a second long.

let's understand the structure of the sentence:
-> By recording the noise of crinkled wrappers as they were slowly stretched out in an otherwise silent chamber (-ing modifier)
-> and then digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers (another -ing modifier, which should be parallel to the first one)
these two modifiers modify the subject "a team of scientists"

3rd clause -> a team of scientists found the noise not continuous but consisted of individual bursts or pops just thousandths of a second long.

Now we can understand that a team of scientists found smth
they found that noise is consisted of bursts or pops ...
they found this by recording & then digitizing & analyzing the sound.

This sentence tests the correct use of modifiers, idioms, "be, being", and parallelism.

now let's get to POE:

(A) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not
the modifier is parallel to the first -ing modifier, both modifiers refer to "a team of scientists". Analysing the meaning, we see that a team of scientists found the noise. This is illogical! We need a that clause to introduce what they found. + not continuous but consisted - parallelism error

(B) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found that the noise was not
This is the correct answer. The second -ing modifier is parallel to the first one. Both of them refer to "a team of scientists". "That" correctly introduces a new clause which explains what the team has found. Moreover, the idiom "not x but y" is correctly used: was not continuous but consisted.

(C) digitizing and analyzing the sound emissions on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not to be
the modifier is parallel to the first -ing modifier. A team of scientists found.. found what? the noise? this is illogical, we need to introduce a new clause to explain what the team has found. Using the "not to be" is awkward, furthermore it is not parallel with "but consisted", which is not in the underlined portion.

(D) the sound emissions were digitized and analyzed on computers, a team of scientists found that the noise was not
the modifier is not parallel to the first modifier, which is an -ing one, hence the answer choice is incorrect.

(E) the sound emissions were digitized and analyzed on computers, a team of scientists found the noise not to be
same error as in answer choice D.
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04 Jul 2015, 07:01
ankurgupta03 wrote:
PiyushK wrote:

Question is drawn from article at following link.
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/06/01/us/no ... opera.html

Done
Changed the OA to B

In app its still C...
How to change that??

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18 Aug 2015, 19:25
Quick question guys :
From what I understand , and can be used to either segregate a list of three or more items OR it can be used to start a independent clause.
In this questions By recording X, and then Y
I am confused by why is there a comma before AND as there are only two items need to be parallel.
It should have been By X and thus Y
, and construction would introduce a independent clause

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