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Its been a while since I have posted a question in these forums. I came across an interesting question in the OG 11th edition, and thought I should share with you. An important concept is tested in this question.

Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer
(a) ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only
(b) rank as the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(c) has the rank of the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(d) are the nation's third leading causes of death, surpassed only
(e) have been ranked as the nation's third leading causes of death, only surpassed

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"Rank of" unidiomatic...C is OUT
E, D and B are OUT - Diabetes is not plural (check the sentence, "its serious complications" means the main subject "diabetes" is singular)

I pick A. Straightforward - use simple present tense.
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12 Oct 2005, 04:26
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E for me
We need causes because people can die from Diabetes or its its serious complications; eliminate A, B, C
Only surpassed sounds better.
So E
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Its been a while since I have posted a question in these forums. I came across an interesting question in the OG 11th edition, and thought I should share with you. An important concept is tested in this question.

Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nationâ€™s third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer
(a) ranks as the nationâ€™s third leading cause of death, surpassed only
(b) rank as the nationâ€™s third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(c) has the rank of the nationâ€™s third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(d) are the nationâ€™s third leading causes of death, surpassed only
(e) have been ranked as the nationâ€™s third leading causes of death, only surpassed

Will post OA in 12 hours.

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"Diabetes" is a singular here, thus verb must be singular. B, D, E are out!
"Only" must adjoin the word/ words that it limits. I think " only" limits "by" in this sentence rather than " surpassed". A is my choice.
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12 Oct 2005, 05:32
A for me too

B, D, E - verbs do not agree with the subject, diabetes
C- "has the rank of" does not sound right
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12 Oct 2005, 05:36
A it is and the concept tested here is the additive phrase. together with is an additive phrase that is not used to form plurals subjects.
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12 Oct 2005, 05:43
A as it is ok.
since Diabetes is singular. so B/D/E all are out. "only" should be after surpassed to put emphasis on it.

Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nationâ€™s third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer
(a) ranks as the nationâ€™s third leading cause of death, surpassed only
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12 Oct 2005, 05:59
Tricky one.. but I choose A. Diabetes is singular, so it should be ranks.

The important concept is parallelism (I think)
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12 Oct 2005, 06:18
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Going with A.

Diabetes is singular, so my answer choice should contain something singular. Don't get fooled by additive words that may appear to make the item plural. The only word that can make it plural is the word "and"

Its been a while since I have posted a question in these forums. I came across an interesting question in the OG 11th edition, and thought I should share with you. An important concept is tested in this question.

Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nationâ€™s third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer
(a) ranks as the nationâ€™s third leading cause of death, surpassed only
(b) rank as the nationâ€™s third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(c) has the rank of the nationâ€™s third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(d) are the nationâ€™s third leading causes of death, surpassed only
(e) have been ranked as the nationâ€™s third leading causes of death, only surpassed

Will post OA in 12 hours.

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12 Oct 2005, 07:09
Wow!! I am pleasantly surprised to see so many responses already, and thank you all for giving me your explanations for choosing your answer. I will wait for a few more hours, before revealing the answer and the all important concept tested in this SC

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12 Oct 2005, 07:18
Diabetes is singular, so the correct SV agreement requires ranks.

Undeniably A.
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12 Oct 2005, 08:35
first of I think we are talking about diabetese and its complications...so we have two subjects...therefore we need plural "are"...

I think D seems best...

in E it is in present perfect mood, why do we need present perfect when simple present tense would do...
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Thank you all for your responses.

The OA is A. Most of you got the answer right. However, only Folaa3 and desiguy came close to getting the main concept right.

The CONCEPT
When the phrase following the subject is set of by commas, it indicates that the descriptive information conveyed by that phrase may be dropped from the sentence; it is not part of the subject

NOTE: The following words - with, including, accompanied by, along with, as well as, besides, in addition to, together with, do not create compound subjects

Together with, does not create a compound subject. Since Diabetes is singular, the singular verb ranks is most appropriate in the answer choice. A also correctly uses the present tense. "Only" is also correctly placed with precision next to the group of words it actually limits.

I have also listed a few examples below, so that you can understand the concept better.

Wrong: George Bush, as well as Dick Cheney, are politicians

Right: George Bush, as well as Dick Cheney, is a politician

Wrong: George Bernard Shaw, as well as Mahatma Gandhi and River Phoenix, were vegetarians

Right: George Bernard Shaw, as well as Mahatma Gandhi and River Phoenix, was a vegetarian

Hope that helps.

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26 Jul 2012, 10:29
What if answer choice E was "has been ranked as the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed" instead of "have been ranked..." Which one would you guys choose? A or E?
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04 Nov 2012, 19:57
Shoumik wrote:
What if answer choice E was "has been ranked as the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed" instead of "have been ranked..." Which one would you guys choose? A or E?

In this case too the answer would be A because in A we have active voice where as in E we have passive voice. In GMAT when we have to choose between AV and PV, AV wins.
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What if answer choice E was "has been ranked as the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed" instead of "have been ranked..." Which one would you guys choose? A or E?

I will still go with A. Diabetics is the subject of the sentence and actually doing the action here. Active voice is preferable. secondly whenever, passive voice is used on GMAT it should make the subject clear by using 'by phrase'.
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Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer

I also come to A.

however, one question, pls help

in the pattern

X of Y, do-ed

if Y works, comma+do-ed modifies Y
if Y dose not work and Y modifies X, comma+do-ed can jump Y to modifies X

if Y dose not work and Y dose not modifies X, comma+do-ed can not jump

for example
diabettes ranks as the second most dangerous disease by IFO oganisation, supassed by X disease
is wrong.
(I never see this question on og). just for discussion.

pls, comment.
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01 Jul 2013, 10:37
why not c? i was stuck betwee A n C..
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01 Jul 2013, 11:18
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subhojyoti wrote:
why not c? i was stuck betwee A n C..

hi,
you use present perfect tense when past comes in to present.
example: we have lived in the house from past 3 days..====>means from past ...till today we are living.

for stating facts you always use simple present .

Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer
(a) ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only===> CORRECT USE AS ITS STATING A FACT.

(c) has the rank of the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed===>if you use HAS here means rank of DIABETES is constant always,...which is not the intended meaning...actually its a stated fact by THE AUTHOR......diabetes RANKS....BLAH BLAH..

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01 Jul 2013, 15:09
subhojyoti wrote:
why not c? i was stuck betwee A n C..

Diabetes is considered a singular noun , please refer to Manhattan GMAT SC , they have specifically referred to this sort of exception to the rule.
So Diabetes "ranks" is correct others can be eliminated on that basis alone.
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