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Mike one magoosh Video on you tube has created doubt in my u [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2013, 11:25
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Mike one magoosh Video on you tube has created doubt in my understanding.

Please explain the doubt-
Doubt-
The Correct answer is B, However one point in the magoosh Video explanation on you tube has confused me.

In (A) splitting- verb
In (B) the splitting is Gerund.

I am confused with this explanation, till now I have thought that ing form is always Gerund.


the-use-of-lie-detectors-is-based-on-the-assumption-that-lyi-163180.html

This is the question-
New theories propose that catastrophic impacts of asteroids and comets may have caused reversals in the Earth’s magnetic field, the onset of ice ages, splitting apart continents 80 million years ago, and great volcanic eruptions.

(A) splitting apart continents
(B) the splitting apart of continents
(C) split apart continents
(D) continents split apart
(E) continents that were split apart

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Correct answer is B
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Re: Mike one magoosh Video on you tube has created doubt in my u [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2013, 14:11
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Dear honchos,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

Here's the question in that link again, OG SC #126:
The use of lie detectors is based on the assumption that lying produces emotional reactions in an individual that, in turn, create unconscious physiological response.
A) that, in turn, create unconscious physiological responses.
B) that creates unconscious physiological responses in turn.
C) creating, in turn, unconscious physiological responses.
D) to create, in turn, physiological responses that are unconscious.
E) who creates unconscious physiological responses in turn.


There is just an -ing form, "creating" in (C) in this question. I must say, I am a little unclear whether this is the exact question about which you are asking.

I will say that the -ing form of a verb is tricky, because it has THREE completely different uses. For example, consider the simple verb, the form "walking".
1) the -ing form can be part of a progressive tense verb:
he is walking
she was walking
they had been walking
I will be walking

2) the -ing form can be a gerund, acting in a noun role
Walking is good for one's health. (gerund is subject)
I enjoy walking in the rain. (gerund is direct object)
He got home by walking. (gerund is the object of a preposition)
3) the -ing form can be a participle, modifying a noun or verb or entire clause
The slugger, walking tall, stepped to the plate.
In 1930, Gandhi led 78 satyagrahis to the sea, walking 240 miles in 24 days to make salt.

See this blog article:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/the-ing-form-of-a-verb/

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Re: Mike one magoosh Video on you tube has created doubt in my u [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2013, 20:00
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Dear honchos,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

Here's the question in that link again, OG SC #126:
The use of lie detectors is based on the assumption that lying produces emotional reactions in an individual that, in turn, create unconscious physiological response.
A) that, in turn, create unconscious physiological responses.
B) that creates unconscious physiological responses in turn.
C) creating, in turn, unconscious physiological responses.
D) to create, in turn, physiological responses that are unconscious.
E) who creates unconscious physiological responses in turn.


There is just an -ing form, "creating" in (C) in this question. I must say, I am a little unclear whether this is the exact question about which you are asking.

I will say that the -ing form of a verb is tricky, because it has THREE completely different uses. For example, consider the simple verb, the form "walking".
1) the -ing form can be part of a progressive tense verb:
he is walking
she was walking
they had been walking
I will be walking

2) the -ing form can be a gerund, acting in a noun role
Walking is good for one's health. (gerund is subject)
I enjoy walking in the rain. (gerund is direct object)
He got home by walking. (gerund is the object of a preposition)
3) the -ing form can be a participle, modifying a noun or verb or entire clause
The slugger, walking tall, stepped to the plate.
In 1930, Gandhi led 78 satyagrahis to the sea, walking 240 miles in 24 days to make salt.

See this blog article:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/the-ing-form-of-a-verb/

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)


My Fault mike I forget to mention the question Number.
Q#121, OG13.

Here is the question-

New theories propose that catastrophic impacts of asteroids and comets may have caused reversals in the Earth’s magnetic field, the onset of ice ages, splitting apart continents 80 million years ago, and great volcanic eruptions.

(A) splitting apart continents
(B) the splitting apart of continents
(C) split apart continents
(D) continents split apart
(E) continents that were split apart

and this is you tube link-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL3scXfuou4
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Re: Mike one magoosh Video on you tube has created doubt in my u [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2013, 10:29
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My Fault mike I forget to mention the question Number.
Q#121, OG13.

Here is the question-

New theories propose that catastrophic impacts of asteroids and comets may have caused reversals in the Earth’s magnetic field, the onset of ice ages, splitting apart continents 80 million years ago, and great volcanic eruptions.

(A) splitting apart continents
(B) the splitting apart of continents
(C) split apart continents
(D) continents split apart
(E) continents that were split apart

and this is you tube link-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL3scXfuou4

Dear Honchos,
First of all, look at (B). The -ing verb form has "the" in front of it. That's a dead-giveaway that the form in (B) is a gerund. In fact, it is what MGMAT calls a complex gerund, because it has the definite article "the". Only complex gerunds can be in parallel with other non-gerund nouns. That's why (B) is correct.

Now, look at the form in (A), "splitting apart continents". This could be part of a progressive-tense verb ---
Asteroids and comets are splitting apart continents.
More likely, it could be a participial phrase modifying the subject ----
Asteroids and comets hit the Earth, splitting apart continents.
Either way, it cannot be in parallel with long string of nouns.

Honchos, I have a hard question for you: how much do you read? Not counting GMAT RC and stuff you read for the GMAT specifically, how much do you read? From the nature of your questions, my sense is that you must read a great deal to get yourself in shape for the GMAT Verbal. I would strongly recommend reading at least a hour a day every day, over and above any GMAT work you do. Here's a blog about what to read:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-reading-list/
In particular, I would recommend reading the Economist magazine cover-to-cover every week. That will make you very informed about the business world you are planning to enter, and it will accustom your ear to a high level of English usage. You can't learn grammar purely as a system of isolated rules. You have to learn it in context, in the context of the language used at a high level of sophistication.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Re: Mike one magoosh Video on you tube has created doubt in my u [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2013, 04:40
I just saw the reply to this post today.

Mike I have only 7 days left until final examination. I am getting consistently 50-51 in Quantitative. Under time condition I have scored maximum 36 in Verbal, any suggestion to improve score in 7 days?
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Re: Mike one magoosh Video on you tube has created doubt in my u [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2013, 11:26
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honchos wrote:
I just saw the reply to this post today.

Mike I have only 7 days left until final examination. I am getting consistently 50-51 in Quantitative. Under time condition I have scored maximum 36 in Verbal, any suggestion to improve score in 7 days?

Dear Honchos,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

Making substantial improvements in Verbal in only 7 days will take drastic steps.
First of all, download and read the free Idiom ebook:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom-ebook/

Even though you have only 7 days, I would strongly recommend signing up for Magoosh. If you can manage to watch all the Magoosh lesson videos in the course of the next 7 days, you will cover a vast amount of material. Here's a practice SC question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3274
Here's a practice RC question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3623
For each of those, when you press submit, the following page will have a full video explanation. Each one of our GMAT practice questions is followed by a full video explanation, for accelerated learning. That's precisely the kind of extra kind of help you need to get you there in the next seven days.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Mike :-)
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Re: Mike one magoosh Video on you tube has created doubt in my u [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2013, 11:37
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honchos wrote:
I just saw the reply to this post today.

Mike I have only 7 days left until final examination. I am getting consistently 50-51 in Quantitative. Under time condition I have scored maximum 36 in Verbal, any suggestion to improve score in 7 days?

Dear Honchos,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

Making substantial improvements in Verbal in only 7 days will take drastic steps.
First of all, download and read the free Idiom ebook:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom-ebook/

Even though you have only 7 days, I would strongly recommend signing up for Magoosh. If you can manage to watch all the Magoosh lesson videos in the course of the next 7 days, you will cover a vast amount of material. Here's a practice SC question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3274
Here's a practice RC question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3623
For each of those, when you press submit, the following page will have a full video explanation. Each one of our GMAT practice questions is followed by a full video explanation, for accelerated learning. That's precisely the kind of extra kind of help you need to get you there in the next seven days.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Mike :-)


Thanks again, Boss I am already a Magoosh Customer. I am doing only Magoosh SC and Critical reasoning with theory Videos.

I will certainly download Idiom Book-
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom-ebook/

And will update you my Score on December 10 2013. Thanks!
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