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In 1929 relatively small declines in the market ruined many [#permalink]
08 Jul 2003, 22:34
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In 1929 relatively small declines in the market ruined many speculators having bought on margin; they had to sell, and their selling pushed other investors to the brink.
(A) speculators having bought on margin; they had to sell, and
(B) speculators who had bought on margin having had to sell and
(C) speculators who had bought on margin they had to sell and
(D) speculators those who bad bought on margin these speculators had to sell and
(E) speculators who having bought on margin and having to sell
I could see (C) being correct if there were a semincolon after margin. However, because there is no comma after sell, this would become a run-on sentence because of the two independent clauses and a coordinating conjunction.
Pretty sure the choices are missing punctuations... in the current scenario, I would select A.
Uh uh. I know what you're thinking. "Is the answer A, B, C, D or E?" Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?
I just wanted to ask where this question came from.
Also, I have heard that the GMAT will not test punctuation. I have not personally seen any questions testing punctuation in the offical preperation guides or on the real test, but does anyone know for sure? It would make sense that they do not test punctuation because there are a number of accepted style manuals that differ in their punctuation rules.