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In the last few decades, physicists have identified the existence of different “flavors” of subatomic particles called quarks, most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display a property known as color charge.

(A) most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display
(B) most of them as small or smaller than the electron and displaying
(C) mostly as small or smaller than the electron, displaying
(D) mostly at least as small as the electron, which display
(E) most of them at least as small as the electron, displaying
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the exis [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2012, 08:23
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Fairly straight. As small or smaller than is wrong idiom. So A , B and C are out.
D: Mostly is an adverb; we want a pronoun such as most to refer to the noun quarks. So D is wrong

E is the ultimate choice.
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the exis [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 02:48
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:) Thanks I thought it was thougher. A good exercise
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 18:36
Good explanation!!
I got it right but couldnt have expolained the reasons better
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Fairly straight. As small or smaller than is wrong idiom. So A , B and C are out.
D: Mostly is an adverb; we want a pronoun such as most to refer to the noun quarks. So D is wrong

E is the ultimate choice.


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Doesn't "them" in choice E seems to have antecedent error?


In the last few decades, physicists have identified the existence of different “flavors” of subatomic particles called quarks, [color=#ff00000]most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display[/color] a property known as color charge.

Them can refer to physicists/quarks right?
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the exis [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 03:34
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daagh wrote:
Fairly straight. As small or smaller than is wrong idiom. So A , B and C are out.
D: Mostly is an adverb; we want a pronoun such as most to refer to the noun quarks. So D is wrong

E is the ultimate choice.


Hi,

Doesn't "them" in choice E seems to have antecedent error?


In the last few decades, physicists have identified the existence of different “flavors” of subatomic particles called quarks, [color=#ff00000]most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display[/color] a property known as color charge.

Them can refer to physicists/quarks right?


Hii Shan.
"most of them......." is a modifier and hence it will modify the subject of only the preceding clause. The preceding clause is "called quarks".
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the exis [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 04:57
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shanmugamgsn wrote:
daagh wrote:
Fairly straight. As small or smaller than is wrong idiom. So A , B and C are out.
D: Mostly is an adverb; we want a pronoun such as most to refer to the noun quarks. So D is wrong

E is the ultimate choice.


Hi,

Doesn't "them" in choice E seems to have antecedent error?


In the last few decades, physicists have identified the existence of different “flavors” of subatomic particles called quarks, [color=#ff00000]most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display[/color] a property known as color charge.

Them can refer to physicists/quarks right?


Hii Shan.
"most of them......." is a modifier and hence it will modify the subject of only the preceding clause. The preceding clause is "called quarks".
Hope this helps.


Thanks marcab!
ya "most of them... " is modifier.
So u mean pronoun in modifier refers to antecedent modifies clause/noun !
am i right?
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 05:24
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Hii Shan.
Here "them" refers to "quarks" and hence "most of them" correctly refers to "most of quarks".
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 16:36
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Hii Shan.
Here "them" refers to "quarks" and hence "most of them" correctly refers to "most of quarks".
Hope this helps.



ya i got it ....
hmm thanks marcab ....
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 03:25
In the last few decades, physicists have identified the existence of different “flavors” of subatomic particles called quarks, most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display a property known as color charge.

(A) most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display WRONG IDIOM
(B) most of them as small or smaller than the electron and displaying WRONG IDIOM
(C) mostly as small or smaller than the electron, displaying WRONG IDIOM
(D) mostly at least as small as the electron, which display WHICH is used falsely
(E) most of them at least as small as the electron, displaying CORRECT
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 04:41
In the last few decades, physicists have identified the existence of different “flavors” of subatomic particles called quarks, most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display a property known as color charge.

(A) most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display---"which" is referring to eletron instead of quarks
(B) most of them as small or smaller than the electron and displaying --- idiom "as small as",
(C) mostly as small or smaller than the electron, displaying---awkward
(D) mostly at least as small as the electron, which display WHICH---samae as A is used falsely
(E) most of them at least as small as the electron, displaying-------correct
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2013, 09:11
Could somebody clarify what exactly is the participial clause "displaying..." modifying in this case?
I mean Knewton says it is modifying "quarks"...
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2013, 22:59
carcass wrote:
In the last few decades, physicists have identified the existence of different “flavors” of subatomic particles called quarks, most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display a property known as color charge.

(A) most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display
(B) most of them as small or smaller than the electron and displaying
(C) mostly as small or smaller than the electron, displaying
(D) mostly at least as small as the electron, which display
(E) most of them at least as small as the electron, displaying


Doesn't E change the meaning of the sentence?
The quark is small or smaller than the electron,whereas E states that the quark is at least as small as the electron.

Thanks in advance..
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Re: In the last few decades, physicists have identified the [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2013, 10:58
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carcass wrote:
In the last few decades, physicists have identified the existence of different “flavors” of subatomic particles called quarks, most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display a property known as color charge.

(A) most of them as small or smaller than the electron, which display
(B) most of them as small or smaller than the electron and displaying
(C) mostly as small or smaller than the electron, displaying
(D) mostly at least as small as the electron, which display
(E) most of them at least as small as the electron, displaying


Doesn't E change the meaning of the sentence?
The quark is small or smaller than the electron,whereas E states that the quark is at least as small as the electron.

Thanks in advance..


I have the same question. Had to chose between B and E. Though there is idiom error in B it retains meaning from original sentence which implies that most quarks could be smaller than the electron.

Does Choice E alter that to mean that the smallest a quark can get to is the sixe of electron

Thanks
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