despite the criticism in the early 1890's : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
Check GMAT Club Decision Tracker for the Latest School Decision Releases http://gmatclub.com/AppTrack

 It is currently 18 Jan 2017, 21:18

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# despite the criticism in the early 1890's

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 22 Apr 2011
Posts: 222
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 109 [1] , given: 18

despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

20 Jul 2012, 18:52
1
KUDOS
6
This post was
BOOKMARKED
00:00

Difficulty:

5% (low)

Question Stats:

80% (01:48) correct 20% (00:50) wrong based on 124 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

Despite the criticism in the early 1890’s that if journalists use pictures the intellectual quality of publications would diminish, by the late 1890’s photographs were found in most newspapers and magazines.

(A) that if journalists use pictures the intellectual quality of publications would diminish,

(B) that if journalists use pictures it will diminish the intellectual quality of publications,

(C) that the use of pictures by journalists would diminish the intellectual quality of publications,

(D) of the intellectual quality of publications being diminished by the use of pictures by journalists,

(E) of the use of pictures by journalists diminish the intellectual quality of publications,

[Reveal] Spoiler:
in my point of view, the event is from the past so future tense does not work here, B is out. conditional "would" is used with present verb form "use", which is incorrect so A is out. D is just wordy. in E "diminishing" incorrectly modifies journalist. correct me if i am wrong or is there another way to attack this question.

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

_________________

some people are successful, because they have been fortunate enough and some people earn success, because they have been determined.....

please press kudos if you like my post.... i am begging for kudos...lol

Last edited by Nevernevergiveup on 21 Sep 2016, 08:44, edited 2 times in total.
edited the question
If you have any questions
New!
MBA Section Director
Joined: 19 Mar 2012
Posts: 3544
Location: India
GPA: 3.8
WE: Marketing (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 1511

Kudos [?]: 11832 [0], given: 1861

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

24 Jul 2012, 12:55
yeah i am confused too.
more on the preference to passive voice here.
experts??
_________________
Manhattan GMAT Instructor
Joined: 30 Apr 2012
Posts: 804
Followers: 353

Kudos [?]: 704 [0], given: 5

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

24 Jul 2012, 22:34
Expert's post
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
alchemist009 wrote:
the following question is from gmatprep question pack 1. in my point of view, the event is from the past so future tense does not work here, B is out. conditional "would" is used with present verb form "use", which is incorrect so A is out. D is just wordy. in E "diminishing" incorrectly modifies journalist. correct me if i am wrong or is there another way to attack this question.

That's an impressive review of this problem! The tense issue is the big problem in A/B here both within the clause, use/would and use/will, and in the sentence as a whole, present tense "use" where "used" is required. D and E both have a modifier problem because "of the..." is modifying 1890s instead of criticism. Also, D contains the word "being", which is almost never used correctly on the GMAT.

KW
_________________

Kyle Widdison | Manhattan GMAT Instructor | Utah

Manhattan GMAT Discount | Manhattan GMAT Course Reviews | View Instructor Profile

Director
Joined: 29 Nov 2012
Posts: 898
Followers: 14

Kudos [?]: 1044 [0], given: 543

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

09 Jul 2013, 02:09
In this question, the IF-then construct isn't correct in option A and B its missing a comma? Can we eliminate the answer choice because of that issue?
_________________

Click +1 Kudos if my post helped...

Amazing Free video explanation for all Quant questions from OG 13 and much more http://www.gmatquantum.com/og13th/

GMAT Prep software What if scenarios http://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-software-analysis-and-what-if-scenarios-146146.html

VP
Status: Far, far away!
Joined: 02 Sep 2012
Posts: 1123
Location: Italy
Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
GPA: 3.8
Followers: 181

Kudos [?]: 1963 [0], given: 219

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

09 Jul 2013, 02:25
fozzzy wrote:
In this question, the IF-then construct isn't correct in option A and B its missing a comma? Can we eliminate the answer choice because of that issue?

Nope.

When form "the past" you make a prediction looking forward, "would" is correct; so B is out.

In A, the conditional clause is not correct even if you add a comma. The correct form is

"if + simple Past, + would", A uses the present "use", so even with the comma both A and B are not correct.
_________________

It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge that begins with experience.

Kant , Critique of Pure Reason

Tips and tricks: Inequalities , Mixture | Review: MGMAT workshop
Strategy: SmartGMAT v1.0 | Questions: Verbal challenge SC I-II- CR New SC set out !! , My Quant

Rules for Posting in the Verbal Forum - Rules for Posting in the Quant Forum[/size][/color][/b]

Director
Joined: 14 Dec 2012
Posts: 842
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Operations
GMAT 1: 700 Q50 V34
GPA: 3.6
Followers: 59

Kudos [?]: 1288 [0], given: 197

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

09 Jul 2013, 02:33
fozzzy wrote:
In this question, the IF-then construct isn't correct in option A and B its missing a comma? Can we eliminate the answer choice because of that issue?

GMAC doesnt tests on PUNCTUATION...so never eliminate a choice on the basis of punctuation.
_________________

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe ...then you will be successfull....

GIVE VALUE TO OFFICIAL QUESTIONS...

learn AWA writing techniques while watching video : http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-analytical-writing-assessment

Director
Status: Verbal Forum Moderator
Joined: 17 Apr 2013
Posts: 635
Location: India
GMAT 1: 710 Q50 V36
GMAT 2: 750 Q51 V41
GMAT 3: 790 Q51 V49
GPA: 3.3
Followers: 67

Kudos [?]: 420 [0], given: 297

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

09 Jul 2014, 05:12
Despite the criticism in the early 1890’s that if journalists use pictures the intellectual quality of publications would diminish, by the late 1890’s photographs were found in most newspapers and magazines.

(A) that if journalists use pictures the intellectual quality of publications would diminish,

(B) that if journalists use pictures it will diminish the intellectual quality of publications,

(C) that the use of pictures by journalists would diminish the intellectual quality of publications,

(D) of the intellectual quality of publications being diminished by the use of pictures by journalists,

(E) of the use of pictures by journalists diminish the intellectual quality of publications,
_________________

Like my post Send me a Kudos It is a Good manner.
My Debrief: http://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-score-750-and-750-i-moved-from-710-to-189016.html

Manager
Joined: 16 Jan 2013
Posts: 182
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 314 [0], given: 56

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

09 Jul 2014, 05:31
Despite the criticism in the early 1890’s that if journalists use pictures the intellectual quality of publications would diminish, by the late 1890’s photographs were found in most newspapers and magazines.

(A) that if journalists use pictures the intellectual quality of publications would diminish,
Parallelism not maintained. That clause is followed by an if-clause, which i think is a wrong construction.
(B) that if journalists use pictures it will diminish the intellectual quality of publications,
placeholder 'it' has no proper antecendent. Parallelism not maintained (both tense and construction)
(C) that the use of pictures by journalists would diminish the intellectual quality of publications,
Parallelism perfectly maintained between "the use of pictures" and "photographs" and also between the verbs
(D) of the intellectual quality of publications being diminished by the use of pictures by journalists,
too many errors in this construction. It is not direct. Usage of "by the use of pictures by journalists" conveys a wrong meaning. Usage of 'being' is not needed.
(E) of the use of pictures by journalists diminish the intellectual quality of publications
SV agreement error. Use should be followed by diminishes. 'Use of pictures by journalists' conveys a different meaning.
_________________

What are modifiers ??

Current Student
Status: Everyone is a leader. Just stop listening to others.
Joined: 22 Mar 2013
Posts: 992
Location: India
GPA: 3.51
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Followers: 163

Kudos [?]: 1460 [0], given: 227

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

09 Jul 2014, 09:44
Despite the criticism in the early 1890’s that if journalists use pictures the intellectual quality of publications would diminish, by the late 1890’s photographs were found in most newspapers and magazines.

(A) that if journalists use pictures the intellectual quality of publications would diminish,
IMO : THAT IF construction is fine. That + (clause)
Problem with A is hypothetical subjunctive form of then statement is used without past form of verb in if statement. -- I rejected A because of this reason.

(B) that if journalists use pictures it will diminish the intellectual quality of publications, -- it is trying to express idea rather it should refer to some noun. further there is no proper antecedent of it.

(C) that the use of pictures by journalists would diminish the intellectual quality of publications, -- good.

(D) of the intellectual quality of publications being diminished by the use of pictures by journalists, -- criticism of ... being -- wrong

(E) of the use of pictures by journalists diminish the intellectual quality of publications -- fragmented -- verb is not expected in such construction.
_________________

Piyush K
-----------------------
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time. ― Thomas A. Edison
Don't forget to press--> Kudos
My Articles: 1. WOULD: when to use? | 2. All GMATPrep RCs (New)
Tip: Before exam a week earlier don't forget to exhaust all gmatprep problems specially for "sentence correction".

Senior Manager
Joined: 17 Sep 2013
Posts: 394
Concentration: Strategy, General Management
GMAT 1: 730 Q51 V38
WE: Analyst (Consulting)
Followers: 19

Kudos [?]: 270 [0], given: 139

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

09 Jul 2014, 10:05
The event is from the past so future tense does not work here, B is out. conditional "would" is used with present verb form "use", which is incorrect so A is out. D is just wordy. in E "diminishing" incorrectly modifies journalist.

@ someone from GMAT CLUB
_________________

Appreciate the efforts...KUDOS for all
Don't let an extra chromosome get you down..

Director
Joined: 27 Mar 2010
Posts: 617
Location: Bangalore, India
Followers: 32

Kudos [?]: 218 [0], given: 9

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

09 Jul 2014, 10:31
JusTLucK04 wrote:
The event is from the past so future tense does not work here, B is out. conditional "would" is used with present verb form "use", which is incorrect so A is out. D is just wordy

D says: Despite the criticism in the early 1890’s of the intellectual quality of publications... That is incorrect, because criticism was not about the intellectual quality of publications; criticism was about the use of pictures.

Quote:
in E "diminishing" incorrectly modifies journalist.

I didn't notice diminishing in E. E says: Despite the criticism in the early 1890’s of the use of pictures by journalists diminish the intellectual quality of publications. The issue is that despite is a proposition and so, cannot be followed by a main verb; however here, diminish is used as a main verb. This makes the sentence ungrammatical.
_________________

Thanks,
Ashish (GMAT Faculty @ EducationAisle)
http://www.EducationAisle.com

Sentence Correction Nirvana available at Amazon.in and Flipkart

Now! Preview the entire Grammar Section of Sentence Correction Nirvana at pothi.com

GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10531
Followers: 918

Kudos [?]: 203 [0], given: 0

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

02 Sep 2016, 12:02
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
Magoosh GMAT Instructor
Joined: 28 Dec 2011
Posts: 3699
Followers: 1292

Kudos [?]: 5842 [1] , given: 66

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

02 Sep 2016, 16:09
1
KUDOS
Expert's post
RichaChampion wrote:
Despite the criticism in the early 1890’s that if journalists use pictures the intellectual quality of publications would diminish, by the late 1890’s photographs were found in most newspapers and magazines.

(A) that if journalists use pictures the intellectual quality of publications would diminish,
(B) that if journalists use pictures it will diminish the intellectual quality of publications,
(C) that the use of pictures by journalists would diminish the intellectual quality of publications,
(D) of the intellectual quality of publications being diminished by the use of pictures by journalists,
(E) of the use of pictures by journalists diminish the intellectual quality of publications,

This is a GMAT Prep Question and the answer is C.

In Option A and Option B do you think that the usage of present tense "use" correct? Because the criticism happened in the past and the criticism is not continued till date.
Apart from this the If___ Then___ construction is correct in B, but incorrect in A. Right?

Three Conditionals tested -

Likely - If Simple Present then Simple future.
Unlikely - If Simple Past then Clause beginning with Would.
Impossible- If Past Perfect then Clause beginning with Would

I couldn't understand how "would" is correct in Option C.

Dear RichaChampion,
I'm happy to respond.

First of all, I totally agree that the present tense of "use" in (A) & (B) is train-wreck wrong. All this is in the past.

Here's what I would say about conditions. For the first one, the "likely" case, it's perfect try that we use simple present and simple future if the condition is a present-time condition, but we have to change tense if we are talking about a condition in the past.
Present time:
In the US today, if a person refuses to pay his income tax, he will be arrested and thrown in jail.
That's factually true, not only likely but just about certain. Here, we use simple present tense in the first part, simple future in the second.

Now, a past event. The US has had income tax continually since the passage of the XVI amendment in 1913, but it was only sporadic in the 1800s. The use no longer has poll taxes, but it did in the past. Thus we could say
In the 1840s, if a person refused to pay his poll tax, he would be arrested and thrown in jail.
Not only was this 100% true at the time, but it actually happened to Thoreau. Here, we use the simple past in the first part, and the "would" construction in the second part. You see, among other things, the construction "would" + [verb] is used to indicate the future of the past, the future from a past frame of reference. This is also the case in sequence of tenses. Answer choice (C) is correct, and it's closer to a sequence of tenses construction.

Does all this make sense?
Mike
_________________

Mike McGarry
Magoosh Test Prep

VP
Joined: 18 Sep 2014
Posts: 1120
Location: India
Followers: 35

Kudos [?]: 563 [0], given: 72

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's [#permalink]

### Show Tags

21 Sep 2016, 21:43
Despite some criticism that sth would have bad consequences, it happened.

Despite the criticism in the early 1890’s that
if journalists use pictures
the intellectual quality of publications would diminish,
by the late 1890’s photographs were found in most newspapers and magazines.

............intended meaning is usage of pictures would diminish the quality.

(A) that if journalists use pictures the intellectual quality of publications would diminish,............this does not give intended meaning. the stricture is without proper link.

(B) that if journalists use pictures it will diminish the intellectual quality of publications,.............it does not have proper antecedent usage.

(C) that the use of pictures by journalists would diminish the intellectual quality of publications,............use would diminish quality correctly.

(D) of the intellectual quality of publications being diminished by the use of pictures by journalists,............criticism of quality doesn't make sense.

(E) of the use of pictures by journalists diminish the intellectual quality of publications,............criticism of use of pics doesn't make sense.
_________________

The only time you can lose is when you give up. Try hard and you will suceed.
Thanks = Kudos. Kudos are appreciated

http://gmatclub.com/forum/rules-for-posting-in-verbal-gmat-forum-134642.html
When you post a question Pls. Provide its source & TAG your questions
Avoid posting from unreliable sources.

My posts
http://gmatclub.com/forum/beauty-of-coordinate-geometry-213760.html#p1649924
http://gmatclub.com/forum/calling-all-march-april-gmat-takers-who-want-to-cross-213154.html
http://gmatclub.com/forum/possessive-pronouns-200496.html
http://gmatclub.com/forum/double-negatives-206717.html
http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-greatest-integer-function-223595.html#p1721773

Re: despite the criticism in the early 1890's   [#permalink] 21 Sep 2016, 21:43
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Despite the criticism in the early 1890’s 0 09 Jul 2014, 10:05
52 After moving to Switzerland in the 1890s, Albert Einstein 52 09 Aug 2009, 09:47
SanFransiscans of the 1890's mocked the claim that declared 4 16 Feb 2008, 07:30
After moving to Switzerland in the 1890s, Albert Einstein 3 28 Jul 2007, 19:22
San Franciscans of the 1890's mocked the claim that declared 19 13 Jun 2007, 20:08
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# despite the criticism in the early 1890's

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.