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Firefighting numbers among the deadliest professions.... [#permalink] New post 14 May 2014, 05:36
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I think there is some room for arguments to the answer of this question:

Firefighting numbers among the deadliest professions, a dangerous job which kills hundreds of workers each year.
A) a dangerous job which kills hundreds of workers
B) killing hundreds of workers
C) a dangerous job in which hundreds are killed
D) of which hundreds of workers are killed
E) a job whose danger factor results in hundreds of deaths

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The OA given by the book was B
But I personally think C would be a better choice. In choice B, the sentence would sound like firefighting kills hundreds of workers each year. This I believe is not what the sentence is trying to convey.

Please let me know what you think,
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Re: Firefighting numbers among the deadliest professions.... [#permalink] New post 14 May 2014, 10:09
IMO answer is B.

All the other choices create a sentence run-on. They contain two independent clauses without a coordinating conjunction.
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Re: Firefighting numbers among the deadliest professions.... [#permalink] New post 14 May 2014, 19:42
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All the other choices create a sentence run-on. They contain two independent clauses without a coordinating conjunction.


Actually, none of the sentences are run-on--the other choices are mostly just wordy and awkward. Also, "a dangerous job" is probably too far away from what it is intended to modify.
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Re: Firefighting numbers among the deadliest professions.... [#permalink] New post 14 May 2014, 20:58
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I think there is some room for arguments to the answer of this question:

Firefighting numbers among the deadliest professions, a dangerous job which kills hundreds of workers each year.
A) a dangerous job which kills hundreds of workers -- firefighting is killing people?
B) killing hundreds of workers -- same as A
C) a dangerous job in which hundreds are killed -- looks good but a small error.. who is getting killed here? The workers or ordinary citizens?
D) of which hundreds of workers are killed -- Incorrect. First, it modifies deadliest profession and not firefighting. Second, We can say, The ferry was carrying 100 passengers, of which 10 were injured. Here it is says -- the deadliest professions of which hundreds of workers are killed.
E) a job whose danger factor results in hundreds of deaths - "a job..." modifies deadliest profession.Also, wordy.

The OA given by the book was B
But I personally think C would be a better choice. In choice B, the sentence would sound like firefighting kills hundreds of workers each year. This I believe is not what the sentence is trying to convey


A and C both have what we call noun+noun modifier. So it correctly modifies "firefighting"
In A and B both, it looks like that firefighting is killing people.

Ultimately, I ended up eliminating all the choices here :P
But I can say that C looks better than everything else

What is the source of the question?
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In A and B both, it looks like that firefighting is killing people.


Firefighting is a dangerous activity, and dangerous activities can sometimes kill people. I don't really have a problem with that wording. Reminds me of the expression "speed kills." I think B) is the best answer, because it's clear and concise.

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That's always a valid question. Any Joe Smith or Suzy Johnson can write up a GMAT question--whether it's a good one is another matter entirely. ;) That's why practice questions posted on the Internet should always be taken with a grain (or two) of salt. And let's not forget--even official GMAT questions have problems sometimes too. Unfortunately, it seems that some people, once they are told (correctly or incorrectly) that choice X) is the answer, will try to find any way under the sun to justify that choice, whether it actually makes sense or not. 8-)
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Re: Firefighting numbers among the deadliest professions.... [#permalink] New post 15 May 2014, 00:34
Thanks for all the inputs. This is not an official gmat prep book.
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