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Re: In a previous design, the weight of the discus used in track [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 21:12
Fell apart from the meaning of the question itself,

Can someone plz explain where I am deviating ?

In a previous design, the weight of the discus used in track competition is concentrated in a metal center, but now it is lined with lead around the perimeter,
thereby improving stability in flight and resulting in longer throws.

Everyone pouring in and saying that "now it is" incorrectly refer backs to "weight",but please suggest why it wrong .

In past: Weight of the discus used in ..... was concentrated in a metal center,but now "it=weight" is lined with lead around perimeter ,therby ..................

Plz advice !!!! How I am interpreting the meaning of the sentence wrongly!!
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Re: In a previous design, the weight of the discus used in track [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 05:55
the only reason which makes E wrong is


" was designed and now lined" can not create "improving"

the meaning relation among 3 verbs is changed to distorted the meaning.

it take me a long time to realize this error.
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Re: In a previous design, the weight of the discus used in track [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2013, 23:12
I went with B instead of C, but i clearly see the pronoun missmatch. Didnt consider C as an option because according to a previous design sounded better than once design.....still a bit jittery when it comes to modifier explanation. Thanks everyone for such a wonderful discussion.

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Re: In a previous design, the weight of the discus used in track [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2013, 08:20
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Hi e-GMAT,
I've got a doubt -
Per the sentence, I thought the meaning should be the weight of discus in old design was concentrated at the center earlier and now the same (i.e the weight of discus NOT the discus itself) is lined with lead around the perimeter. The topic of discussion should be the weight (of discus) not merely the discus I guess.I don't see the second case scientifically wrong as it's a form of distributed load along the perimeter - this is very much possible.

Please help me where I got it wrong and why ONLY the 'discus' is considered instead of 'the weight of discus' in modern design?
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Re: In a previous design, the weight of the discus used in track [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2013, 11:02
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Hi there! Thanks for posting your doubt here, as requested. :-)

If we focus on the meaning of the sentence, note that it refers to something being lined with lead. Logically, ‘weight’ cannot be lined with anything since it is a quality of the discus. Only the discus itself can be lined with lead.

Secondly, options A and B start with modifiers that refer to ‘a previous design’. Again, the design can only be the design of the discus – the weight itself cannot have a design, since ‘weight’ is not a concrete object but a value.

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Re: In a previous design, the weight of the discus used in track [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2013, 03:52
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egmat wrote:
Hi there! Thanks for posting your doubt here, as requested. :-)

If we focus on the meaning of the sentence, note that it refers to something being lined with lead. Logically, ‘weight’ cannot be lined with anything since it is a quality of the discus. Only the discus itself can be lined with lead.

Secondly, options A and B start with modifiers that refer to ‘a previous design’. Again, the design can only be the design of the discus – the weight itself cannot have a design, since ‘weight’ is not a concrete object but a value.

I hope this helps! :-)

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Meghna,
I'm not able to understand why do you say that "‘weight’ cannot be lined with anything...", as here weight of the discuss is lined with lead around the perimeter means the weight of the discuss is distributed (load) along the perimeter - this is very much possible from the scientific view point. Right?

Second reason - I thought the modifier ‘a previous design’ refers to the entire following clause here. Please clarify.
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Re: In a previous design, the weight of the discus used in track [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2013, 09:47
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Hi there,

As mentioned in the previous explanation, 'weight' is an abstract quality of an object. It is not an object itself. If we say that the weight of the discus is 2 kilograms, we can't say that the 2 kilograms are lined with lead. It's the discus itself that is lined with lead.

As for the modifier, the design also logically has to refer to the discus, not the weight of the discus. The correct option makes this clear.

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