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03 Jul 2006, 22:48
There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop the disease's symptoms.

(A) There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop
(B) If the gene that causes hemophilia is paired with a healthy gene, then the individual will not develop
(C) If paired with a healthy gene, the gene that causes hemophilia will prevent the individual from developing
(D) Hemophilia is caused by a gene that, if paired with a healthy gene, will not develop in the individual
(E) The gene that causes hemophilia, if paired with a healthy gene, causes the individual not to develop
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03 Jul 2006, 22:54
Let me underline it.

There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop the disease's symptoms.

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03 Jul 2006, 23:02
There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop the disease's symptoms.

(A) There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop

==========> who is paired???

(B) If the gene that causes hemophilia is paired with a healthy gene, then the individual will not develop

==========> CORRECT

(C) If paired with a healthy gene, the gene that causes hemophilia will prevent the individual from developing

==========> its not the gene that is preventing the disease but its the pair.

(D) Hemophilia is caused by a gene that, if paired with a healthy gene, will not develop in the individual

==========> passive as well as last part wierd "will not develop in the individual the disease's symptoms."

(E) The gene that causes hemophilia, if paired with a healthy gene, causes the individual not to develop

==========> who is paired and its not the gene that is doing wonder but its the pair.
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03 Jul 2006, 23:08
Picking B over C.
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03 Jul 2006, 23:11
M8 wrote:
Let me underline it.

There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop the disease's symptoms.

B is the answer.

If the gene that causes hemophilia is paired with a healthy gene, then the individual will not develop the disease's symptoms.
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03 Jul 2006, 23:22
ps_dahiya wrote:
There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop the disease's symptoms.

(A) There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop

==========> who is paired???

(B) If the gene that causes hemophilia is paired with a healthy gene, then the individual will not develop

==========> CORRECT

(C) If paired with a healthy gene, the gene that causes hemophilia will prevent the individual from developing

==========> its not the gene that is preventing the disease but its the pair.

(D) Hemophilia is caused by a gene that, if paired with a healthy gene, will not develop in the individual

==========> passive as well as last part wierd "will not develop in the individual the disease's symptoms."

(E) The gene that causes hemophilia, if paired with a healthy gene, causes the individual not to develop

==========> who is paired and its not the gene that is doing wonder but its the pair.

OA is B.. A quick question.. Do we really need "then" in statement B ? ..
"then" kind of confuses me..i think "then" is unnecessary when if is used..
For ex:
1.If you hit me,i will hit you back.
2.If you hit me, then i will hit you back ?
isn't 1 better here ??
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03 Jul 2006, 23:30
ps_dahiya wrote:
There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop the disease's symptoms.

(A) There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop

==========> who is paired???

(B) If the gene that causes hemophilia is paired with a healthy gene, then the individual will not develop

==========> CORRECT

(C) If paired with a healthy gene, the gene that causes hemophilia will prevent the individual from developing

==========> its not the gene that is preventing the disease but its the pair.

(D) Hemophilia is caused by a gene that, if paired with a healthy gene, will not develop in the individual

==========> passive as well as last part wierd "will not develop in the individual the disease's symptoms."

(E) The gene that causes hemophilia, if paired with a healthy gene, causes the individual not to develop

==========> who is paired and its not the gene that is doing wonder but its the pair.

OA is B.. A quick question.. Do we really need "then" in statement B ? ..
"then" kind of confuses me..i think "then" is unnecessary when if is used..
For ex:
1.If you hit me,i will hit you back.
2.If you hit me, then i will hit you back ?
isn't 1 better here ??

I think the error in the question is not due to "If...then". There are other errors.

Coming to you second question, yes in this context, 1 is better but it all depends on the context.

For example, If you complete this assignment, then you will get good grade.

Guys correct me if I am wrong? BTW, I am not an SC guru. I am just a learner like you.
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03 Jul 2006, 23:37
ps_dahiya wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop the disease's symptoms.

(A) There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop

==========> who is paired???

(B) If the gene that causes hemophilia is paired with a healthy gene, then the individual will not develop

==========> CORRECT

(C) If paired with a healthy gene, the gene that causes hemophilia will prevent the individual from developing

==========> its not the gene that is preventing the disease but its the pair.

(D) Hemophilia is caused by a gene that, if paired with a healthy gene, will not develop in the individual

==========> passive as well as last part wierd "will not develop in the individual the disease's symptoms."

(E) The gene that causes hemophilia, if paired with a healthy gene, causes the individual not to develop

==========> who is paired and its not the gene that is doing wonder but its the pair.

OA is B.. A quick question.. Do we really need "then" in statement B ? ..
"then" kind of confuses me..i think "then" is unnecessary when if is used..
For ex:
1.If you hit me,i will hit you back.
2.If you hit me, then i will hit you back ?
isn't 1 better here ??

I think the error in the question is not due to "If...then". There are other errors.

Coming to you second question, yes in this context, 1 is better but it all depends on the context.

For example, If you complete this assignment, then you will get good grade.

Guys correct me if I am wrong? BTW, I am not an SC guru. I am just a learner like you.

Hmm.. I agree that "then" is ok here.. I got confused by "then and also I didn't see the error in C.. and chose C.. Thanks for pointing it out..
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03 Jul 2006, 23:45

Don't take it as an offense but I would suggest not to go by the sound EXCEPT when

1. You narrowed down to two choices but now you can't find the gramatical mistake in these.
2. Listening for idioms

I used to go by the sound a lot and my SC rate was not that good. Now I always try to find the error in all the choice and I am improving day by day.
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04 Jul 2006, 10:23
This sentence is a clear conditional case. When you use "IF" you should likely have "THEN" in the answer choice.... also never put "WILL" in the conditional 'IF' clause... always wrong...

in addition, if there is "IF" without "THEN" and it isn't a conditional sentence, then we use "WHETHER"

B is the only choice here based on my logic
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04 Jul 2006, 21:21
Will go with B.

By POE this reamins the best choice
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05 Jul 2006, 06:00
ps_dahiya wrote:
There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop the disease's symptoms.

(A) There is a gene that causes hemophilia, and if paired with a healthy gene the individual will not develop

==========> who is paired???

(B) If the gene that causes hemophilia is paired with a healthy gene, then the individual will not develop

==========> CORRECT

(C) If paired with a healthy gene, the gene that causes hemophilia will prevent the individual from developing

==========> its not the gene that is preventing the disease but its the pair.

(D) Hemophilia is caused by a gene that, if paired with a healthy gene, will not develop in the individual

==========> passive as well as last part wierd "will not develop in the individual the disease's symptoms."

(E) The gene that causes hemophilia, if paired with a healthy gene, causes the individual not to develop

==========> who is paired and its not the gene that is doing wonder but its the pair.

Originally chose (C) but after reading PS Dashiyas explanation Im convinced it`s (B). Besides the mispositioned modifier, "prevent from developing" is wordier than "will not develope"

GMAT prefers simplicity..
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08 Jul 2006, 13:14
guys, could you explain why C is wrong here. C by language implies that it's the pair of the genes that prevents the symptoms.
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