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# In surprising medical news, scientists investigating

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In surprising medical news, scientists investigating long-term effects of stroke are reporting that injury to a specific part of the brain, located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit.
 brain, located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit
 brain located behind the ear can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit
 brain, located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break the habit of smoking
 brain located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit
 brain, the one located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break the habit of smoking
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12 Aug 2010, 13:57
IMO : C, we need to break the habit of smoking not a smoking habit, are there more than one type of smoking habit?
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12 Aug 2010, 18:56
Clear E. it is not the brain located behind the ear. E clarifies it.
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13 Aug 2010, 07:29
quickly went for A....But it has to be E!!
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13 Aug 2010, 08:30
i went for C. The split was between "a smoking habit" and "the habit of smoking" ....
But, the OA is A ....and OE - its' "the habit of smoking and not a smoking habit". I am not satisfied with the answer,
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13 Aug 2010, 08:38
If it is "the habit of smoking and not a smoking habit" then how can the OA be A.

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13 Aug 2010, 18:13
I think its B as "located behind the ear" is an essential modifier so it cannot be surrounded by comma.
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13 Aug 2010, 21:04
IMO you cannot break a smoking habit, while you can break a habit of smoking. That reduces the options to C and E.
In addition, brain is not located behind the ear so C is not good.

IMO E should be the ans.
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13 Aug 2010, 21:06
In surprising medical news, scientists investigating long-term effects of stroke are reporting that injury to a specific part of the brain, located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit.
 brain, located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit
 brain located behind the ear can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit
 brain, located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break the habit of smoking
 brain located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit
 brain, the one located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break the habit of smoking

On second thoughts, in option E, the one located behind the ear seems to point to the brain too. I am doomed
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19 Aug 2010, 13:47
"a smoking habit" doesn't make sense.
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19 Feb 2012, 04:25
Guys wtf not C?
OA btw is A and explanation is that "the habit of smoking" is wordy. Don't understand
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20 Feb 2012, 02:37
Runner2 wrote:
Guys wtf not C?
OA btw is A and explanation is that "the habit of smoking" is wordy. Don't understand

I see a difference between "smoking habit" and "habit of smoking".
First one refers to (in my opinion) different styles of smoking whereas the second one refers to just smoking.

But FORGET this: if GMAT/OE says it is wordy, then IT IS WORDY. All you have to do is, remember that.

Now come back to options.
Comma (,) is usually used to express 'pause' and when we do that, the word that follows the comma immediately does not refer to the word that is just before the comma (to refer to that preceding word, we need to use 'which'). If we apply this, it makes sense: not the entire brain is behind the ear, just a part of it!
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05 Jul 2014, 06:59
I think smoking habit is wrong , GMAT or no GMAT. in this usage smoking defines the habit rather than a habit defined as smoking.. something like - the pizza out of the oven is smoking hot
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05 Jul 2014, 07:43
Habit of smoking VS smoking habit. Both are essentially same. Whereas E clearly modifies the area of the brain.
This is a weak question. Can you share the source?

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15 Jul 2014, 23:57
bibha wrote:
In surprising medical news, scientists investigating long-term effects of stroke are reporting that injury to a specific part of the brain, located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit.
 brain, located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit
 brain located behind the ear can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit
 brain, located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break the habit of smoking
 brain located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit
 brain, the one located behind the ear, can instantly and permanently break the habit of smoking

Here is the OA/OE:

The original sentence is correct as written. Commas are used correctly to separate the parenthetical expression located behind the ear from the rest of the sentence.
(A) The phrase located behind the ear is correctly separated from the rest of the sentence by commas.

(B) The lack of commas in this option turns the sentence into a run-on.

(C) Though commas are used correctly here, the phrase the habit of smoking is wordy.

(D) A comma is needed after the word brain to make the sentence grammatically correct.

(E) The phrases the one located by behind the ear and the habit of smoking are both unnecessarily wordy.
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18 Nov 2015, 16:03
I donot agree with OA
E is the best among all
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